Sunday, 25 September 2016

Skiathos friends ...

Met quite a few these last few weeks ...

Yesterday Saturday morning, I net up with 'Gentleman John. Or as we like to say 'Mr H' As usual he was a busy man, and who isn't at 6am, on a fresh autumn morning?

Mr H is preparing himself for his Autumn sprint to the rock. Here are some photos shared with Skiathos taverna owners yesterday, of his fish course ...


Ο τζον είπε ότι θα φέρει τα ψάρια, μπορείτε να αρχίσετε το μαγείρεμα το τσιπ ...
John said as he is bringing the fish, can you start cooking the chips ...

The Halibut weighed 20kg, the same as your holiday suitcase. I kept him holding that for quite a while, and he had a few choice words to say after :) ...

Afterwards, we went out back to see another fishy friend. One who according to Rex (Nigella's fishmonger) has been there for 20 years ...

Photo: TheChelseaFishmonger ‏@rexgoldsmith 
Well the seal, certainly has a passion for a fresh Mackerel (Kolios) breakfast, served up by Mr H ...

I left with some excellent squid, which is now in the freezer, and as Skiathos friends will know, Its September which is 'fresh squid time' back on the rock.

When you have the now darker evenings, the squid boats can be seen offshore, with their huge over water lamps, attracting the squid to the surface - and a fresh calimari portion, to a taverna table near you.

Soon the Skiathos trawlers will depart once again, for the fishing grounds. Returning with shrimps, prawns, langoustines etc fresh to the island tables and kitchens ...

This was part of my catch yesterday, the Squid was fried with butter and olive oil, by SWMBO. Take it from me they were delicious ...


The prawns were huge, there is something about time spent preparing them. It fiddly, its messy but if you take your time, its very therapeutic, and your efforts are rewarded.

Once cleaned they were fried slowly in some butter and olive oil, along with some crushed garlic, and chopped coriander ...


Then flambeed in some ouzo - try it, but don't burn the house down, in the process ...

My 'Prawns Ioannis' - "Service - table one" ...


Good to see Mr Malcolm, had met up with Pelle yesterday. I am missing the tsipouro club ...


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