All posts by trippinturpins

Kelly has a Bachelor of Ecotourism and a passion for the natural world. Before her life as a full-time traveller and freelance writer, she was a personal trainer and has also worked as a snorkelling guide on the Great Barrier Reef. Kelly has written, and published, educational children's activity books and is now dabbling at writing a cookbook. She has raised three sons, operated her own business and spent two years travelling around Australia - towing a fishing boat and living in a tent. Kelly and her hubby now live on their 45ft sailing yacht. They plan to sail slowly around the world, visiting as many places as possible.

Tempura Oysters

Tempura Oysters are my favourite. Even more so when we have plucked the oyster fresh from the rocks ourselves! While in Broken Bay, North of Sydney NSW we had the opportunity to treat ourselves to fresh oysters a few times.

This particular day I decided to do tempura oysters three ways; dressed with soy & mirin, wasabi mayo and chilli ginger mirin.

Collecting oysters from the rocks

My tempura oysters with three different dressings.

 I made a simple tempura batter with plain flour, powdered egg and soda water. Deep fried the battered oyster for one to two minutes and then dress them with the sauce. Simple, easy and delicious!

Yummy tempura oysters

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Thai Style Fish Cakes and Battered Fish Bits

At an anchorage called “Hole in the Wall” at Jervis Bay, we could catch nothing but these voracious little leatherjackets which kept devouring our bait, hooks, sinkers and squid jags. In the end we decided to eat them!

Razor sharp teeth of the leatherjackets!
Razor sharp teeth of the leatherjackets!

Firstly for lunch I made Thai Style Fish Cakes by blending up the fish with garlic, onion, red curry paste, left-over tin corn and a little corn flour. The result was yummy and I served them with soy and sweet chilli sauce.

Thai Style Fish Cakes
For dinner I made a batter and deep-fried the small fish fillets.

Battered Leatherjacket

Tuna Sushi and Sashimi

The first tuna we caught was a Blue Fin Tuna which we caught trolling on our trip from Cape Jaffa to Rivoli Bay in South Australia.

Blue Fin tuna fish caught on SV Thorfinn whilst sailing to Victoria from Adelaide

Once we were anchored in Rivoli Bay, Dwayne cleaned the tuna while I cooked up some sushi rice.

A plate of tuna dishes made with a blue fin tuna caught of the South Australian coast BBQ tuna, sashimi, sushi and ceviche.
BBQ tuna, sashimi, sushi and ceviche

We enjoyed a platter of sushi (raw tuna, pickled ginger and wasabi), sashimi, ceviche (cooked by lemon juice) and grilled tuna, served with a dipping sauce of mirin and soy and some wasabi.