Pickled Octopus

We put the crab pot out to try and catch crabs while moored in Fame Cove, Port Stephens NSW. No luck with crabs but we didn’t go away empty handed, we did get an octopus.

Pickled Octopus
Octopus caught in the crab trap.

One of our favourite happy hour nibbles is pickled octopus, so we set to work making it.

Dwayne’s first job is to get it out of the net; I just can’t handle the thought of it wrapping it’s tentacles around my arms (which it does!).

The Octopus

octopus
Octopus

Dwayne prepares it by removing it’s head and the skin , then cutting it into individual tentacles.

Removing the octopus skin.
Removing the octopus skin.

I place the tentacles into a pot and put it on the lowest possible heat (adding no water). I simmer the octopus for about 30 minutes. The pot fills with liquid as the octopus simmers.

Pickled octopus

When cooked I slice the octopus into bite-size pieces and place them in a container with one part white vinegar, one part sweet spiced vinegar, half a packet of pickling spice mix, a pinch of chilli flakes and a slice onion. Then refrigerate it!

Pickle octopus ready to refrigerate.
Pickle octopus ready to refrigerate.

When I serve the octopus I place it in a serving dish and drizzle it with a little olive oil, yum.

Pickled Octopus
Pickled Octopus ready to serve.

Check out our Pickled Octopus Salad with Lime Aioli

 

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Pickled Marlin (Numus)

Sailing between Port Stephens and Coffs Harbour in NSW we caught a blue marlin. It was amazing! After two hours of reeling him in and letting him run, the game finally ended with us the victors and a freezer full of marlin. Read about The Marlin!

Dwayne's Marlin
We have 55 bags of frozen marlin steaks, around ten bags of belly flaps and other off cuts to use in curries, pies etc and with the last of the meat that we got off the marlin (the scraps on the bones), I made pickled marlin.

Pickled Marlin

I boiled white vinegar, brown sugar, mustard, fennel and coriander seeds, peppercorns, garam masala and chilli. I added sliced onion to the vinegar mix after I had taken it off the heat. I then set the vinegar and onions aside for about 1 hour until the mix had cooled. The final step was to simply add the marlin. Viola! Pickled marlin.

Spices, vinegar and raw marlin

Ready to eat pickled marlin
Pickled marlin ready to eat.

Marlin Numus

For this pickled fish, I simply mixed white vinegar, soy, lime juice, chilli, garlic and brown sugar. I then layered the marlin and sliced onion in a container and poured the vinegar mix over it. Done and very delicious if I do say so myself!

Pickled marlin with chilli

Delicious pickled marlin with chilli.
Marlin Numus ready to eat.

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

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.

 

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