Seafood Fest

Thursday evening, my wife decided to cook a special meal as our niece has been visiting from Ireland this week. She decided the theme would be seafood, and hence went to the fish market in Botley, Oxford to get the various goodies.

Here are the pics of the various dishes.

The large lobsters normally retail at £10.00 each. But for some reason, they had them on offer at 2 for £10.00 – very good bargain indeed. Next time when our niece visits, we’ve decided that we will have lobster rings on a plate of home-made coleslaw instead – and I’ll make the coleslaw.

Large lobsters
Large lobsters

My youngest daughter’s favourite dish – salmon sashimi. She likes hers with soya sauce, whereas I like mine just with wasabi.

Salmon sashimi
Salmon sashimi

King prawns – my oldest daughter’s favourite dish.

King prawns
King prawns

My wife cooked a big pot of mussels in garlic butter sauce.

Mussels in garlic butter sauce
Mussels in garlic butter sauce

King scallops – my favourite dish. Hence my devoting three pics to this dish. First is the fresh scallops before cooking, second while it was cooking in the pan and the final product. Delicious indeed.

King scallops with roe
King scallops with roe
Pan frying the scallops
Pan frying the scallops
Cooked scallops
Cooked scallops

And my customary Bird’s-eye view of the meal. My only contribution was a bottle of Etienne Dumont non-vintage champagne, which happens to be the top selling champagne in UK and extremely reasonably priced too (given by a friend). Champagne just goes so well with seafood, particularly if it has been allowed to age a little in bottle, to allow its flavours to develop a level of depth.

All the dishes together - bird's eye view
All the dishes together – bird’s eye view

So every time our niece comes for a stay with us, my wife gets into the mood to cook something special. Clearly our niece is being encouraged to visit more often, just so we can have some more nice food.

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