Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Good eats and snuggles

After over a year, I finally got to the top of a waiting list and got a coveted slot on the Alaska Marine Conservation Council's list to purchase freshly and sustainably caught seafood. It is processed, packaged, and flash-frozen on the docks, and offered in limited quantities in flash sales to people on the list. When I got my first email, I was so excited and purchased my maximum--5 pounds of halibut ("Our Gulf of Alaska halibut is harvested on longline gear by Matt Alward and Malcolm Milne of Homer"), 5 pounds of Alaskan spot prawns ("These pot-caught ocean gems are harvested from of the cleanest wild shrimp fisheries in the world. Fishermen Eric Fleming, Richard Person and Bill Bondietti are all Alaska residents and veterans of their trade."), and a package of a processed product called "DearNorth Salmon Bites" ("created by an Alaskan native-owned company based in Juneau and most recently a winner of the 2017 Alaska Symphony of Seafood!"). I busted out my credit card and said to my monitor, "Hook me up, Alaska Marine Conservation Council".

A cool five days later, I went to the parking lot of Beaver Sports at the arranged time for the pickup of the package. I told DL I had prepaid via credit card and did not, in fact, have a suitcase of cash with me. I was really impressed with how nicely and conveniently it was packaged--all gutted and clean and sliced and shrinkwrapped!

The freezer is pretty full, so I guess we're having baked halibut tonight, halibut tacos tomorrow, and some blueberry pie, which will use up a quart of blueberries. In anticipation of this event, I'd already cleared out my bag of chicken carcasses and made stock for soup... Chicken carcasses take up a lot of precious freezer space! Who knew that eating chicken noodle soup was important prepwork for ordering seafood?

Here are some photos of the ladies snuggling.

Starbuck flops while Cricket does lookout duty:

Cricket flops while Starbuck does lookout duty:

Both half flop while simultaneously watching the humans!

High four!

1 comment:

bt said...

So jealous of your seafood loot! Please post photos of all of its uses!