Better get a bigger boat..

Chief Brody said in the movie Jaws “You’re gonna need a bigger boat”  I’m sure you have seen the original Jaws movie. I certainly have. One of the guys I play lacrosse with twice a year was an extra in the beach scenes in the first Jaws movie. A claim to fame for him, I guess. Why the Jaws references tonight? Could it be the closing of the beaches on Cape Cod this past week after a 14 foot Great White Shark was spotted of the beach.  Here is a link to a new article about it. Or maybe the real reason we are talking about sharks tonight is that we had Mako Shark steaks for dinner.  Probably the second reason, the first is more exciting.

We went to Ahearn’s Seafood Market today after grocery shopping. This business is owned by people that I was (and still am) friends with when I worked in the seafood business (past life).  We stop by each week on our way to the grocery store to see what is in the case so we can decide what is for dinner on Sunday night. Sunday night dinner is usually the meal where everybody (if possible) attends.  They had fresh local Mako Shark in the case today. 7.99 per pound for boneless steaks. Since I know the owners they brought out some more steaks for me to choose from.  I cooked the steaks under the broiler for about 12 minutes. Before they went under the flame I coated the steaks with Cardini Caesar Salad Dressing. The dressing keeps the fish from drying out and the kids like the flavor.

DS3 brought his current girlfriend over for dinner. She is not much of a seafood eater. He mother told her that she was to try the shark steak. I gave her two small pieces and she ate them both. There is hope for her. Along with our shark we had pan sautéed zucchini with onions. This was served with fresh (from the garden chopped up tomatoes), chopped up nectarine, fresh parsley and balsamic vinegar. I also put some of this tomato stuff on top of my fish. We had fresh mozzarella (really?), fresh crab fingers, cocktail shrimp and nectarine slices. Everybody found something that they liked. Everyone had the shark, DS2 did not have any zucchini, everyone else did. Dessert was a Klondike Bar.

Starting the Sunday seafood festival were the fresh mussels in white wine sauce that my DW and I enjoyed for lunch. Click on the link for the recipe. She is trying to go gluten-free so we omitted the flour. The rest of the recipe we followed. She did take a few small pieces of bread to dip in the sauce.

Tonight’s picture is of the shark we ate for dinner. Not really, just a screen capture from the Jaws movie.  Enjoy!


Day 338, Easy Sunday..

How can you go wrong with a Sunday that starts with breakfast and a nap?  Unless you have more pressing things to do, they were good choices today.  Breakfast was breakfast potatoes (slice potatoes, onion, olive oil, paprika, Cajun seasoning to taste, cook over medium heat until potatoes are soft enough to eat.), dipping eggs, pork roll and coffee from New Orleans.  DS2 gave me the evil eye when I offered him some potatoes to go with his cheese omelet. I told him that I did not use any hot sauce today. I like to add hot sauce to my breakfast potatoes. Only DS3 and I like them that way and he was already at work when I made breakfast. 

DS3 had his second day at the bark and biscuit today. He came home smiling today. Yesterday, he was a little out of sorts after work. Today he was happier. He likes dogs and this is a perfect way for him to get his dog fix, get paid and not have to take care of your own pet. Tonight he went to the birthday party for one of his high school friends. DS2 worked the afternoon shift at the deli. He said it was slooow today. He is off until Thursday.  Being that the store is in a summer resort area, this early in the season Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday will be slow. Once we get closer to the Fourth of July, they will be busy everyday.

DS1 had the day off. He magically disappeared for a few hours in the middle of the day to go to the gym. It just so happens that his gym time was at the same time that his parents brought home groceries from the store and were looking for help carrying the food in and putting it away. They certainly know how to show up for meals. I’m just saying.  He has to call his boss at 6 am to see if he is working tomorrow.

Dinner tonight was flounder francese, mako bites, fresh mozzarella, shrimp cocktail and steamed clams. The mako bites were a single mako shark steak with the skin taken off, cut into bite sized pieces.  I marinated the shark in olive oil, lemon juice and greek seasoning. Then they were pan-fried in the marinade. I liked them. The family thought that there may have been too much greek seasoning on the bites.  I did not add any hot sauce, come on people!

Tonight’s picture comes from August 2008. We had a hailstorm that covered the ground and wrecked the garden pretty bad. Here are some flamingo lights attached to the back deck gazebo still working after the storm. Behind the lights you can see the top is pretty messed up from the hail.  Enjoy!