Saturday, June 11, 2011

Fish for Dinner?

Fish at the marché Place Richelme
You’ve probably heard that we should all be eating more seafood including fish, right?  I’m all for it, especially if the seafood is fresh and wild.  The new Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010 suggest we “Increase the amount and variety of seafood we eat in place of some meat and poultry.”

Here we are at Le Château Restaurant overlooking the inlet at the Calanque Sormiou  that is close to Marseille yet a world apart from the urban sprawl.  We're slowly savoring a dinner of just caught local sea bass that tastes so sweet that we may just as well skip dessert. 

A hike along the Calanques west of Marseille is worth considering if you're looking for a good long trek.  What are Calanques you ask?  These rocky limestone cliffs with footpaths lead to isolated beach coves of the intensely blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea.  We found the steep and narrow road to the Calanque de Sormiou daunting yet truly magnifique!   The pit in my stomach finally eased after we paid the 4 euro parking fee and stepped out of the car to take pictures and check out the local scene.

Fish preparation tip:  A simple way I like to cook a meaty fish is to marinate it with a little olive oil, salt, and pepper and then broil.  A fish like salmon comes out so juicy this way.  Just test the texture a few times to make sure that it is done yet moist.  

What ideas do you have to share with us for delicious ways to prepare seafood? 

Yours in joy and health!


P.S. The marchés in Aix sell fresh seafood each morning (see photo above)

Le Château Restaurant Sea Bass

Calanque de Sormiou

1 comment:

  1. Hi everyone, My husband Jake discovered that Wikipedia describes the Calanques as Mediterranean fiords (inlets). For more go to:

    Hope you are having a good day!