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Healthy Eating: Truth About Eating Too Much Fish

Few days ago I eat a foreign fish named Baby hack and calamari Fish from Shop rite. Photos coming soon.

Actually, Hubby bought it  from shoprite while on his way back from a meeting. He felt hungry and he stopped by to grab a quick lunch. So he had seafood rice with this baby hack fish to his meal and oh goodness… he could not describe how tasty and filling this fish was.

He knew I wouldn’t forgive him if he comes back home telling me about this delicious meal he eat. So it was thoughtful of him to have brought some home otherwise, hum… I rest my case Lol…
So the next day after enjoying this sumptuous meal, It felt like I added some weight overnight because I felt fuller and rounder. *wink*

These got us talking about the possibility for one to feed on fish for a whole week and the health benefits that comes with eating more of fish than meat, like eating grilled fish, smoked fish, fried fish boil fish, barbecued fish etc.

My Finding and Thoughts

While there is nothing wrong with eating fish because fish is good for you as the omega-3 fatty acids found in these fish are known to be good for the heart and brain. But, as with many foods, the key is to make sure you’re not having too much.

While our mission is to eat healthy, Our focus should be that our diet is also rich in the other heart and blood pressure-friendly foods, such as fresh fruit, vegetables and wholegrains, and that you drink plenty of water (2.5 litres a day.

So whether you like your fish smoked, grilled or fried, always remember to have them in moderation as studies have shown that eating excessive amounts of smoked foods even fish can increase our risk of certain cancers, particularly of the stomach and colon.

How To Differentiate Prawns From Shrimps

On my way back from an early morning walk, I caught sight of a local seller of sea foods such as craps, shrimps and possibly prawn. Why did I say possibly because I usually get confused with differentiating shrimp from prawn.
In many parts of the world, people find it quite difficult to distinguish between crayfish, prawn and shrimp. A large population of people don’t care what they are called and It doesn’t matter to some whether they are calling  shrimps as prawns, they just want to eat it.

The points and image below would help anyone also having difficulty differentiating them

Prawn

  • Gill Structure –  Prawns have branching gills while Shrimp feature lamellar gills, which are plate-like in structure.
  • Relative Size Prawns are typically larger than shrimps. Shrimp are generally smaller than prawns.
  • Leg Structure Prawns have longer legs than shrimp. Also, prawns usually have claws on three pairs of their legs Shrimp have shorter legs and have claws only on two pairs of legs.
  • Culinary Since prawns are larger, you get fewer in number per pound, and subsequently priced higher per unit. Also, much as prawns and shrimp are similar in taste, prawns are considered more of a delicacy because of their size. Since shrimp are smaller in size, they get cooked slightly quicker than prawns.  Sautéing shrimp for longer might make it rubbery and closer to dry fish. Other than that, they taste very similar to prawns.

Please drop a comment on how you differentiate Shrimps from Prawns.

The Truth About Tilapia Fish

Tilapia has risen to the top as a seafood staple on American dinner tables. It’s a very hearty variety that is adaptable to different types of feed.

It tastes pretty good too and cheap, easy to find, and so good for you, right? Maybe not.

There are some disturbing allegations about the fish,  and one is particularly surprising.  Some nutritionists have been suggesting that  that eating Tilapia is worse than eating bacon. The truth is, Tilapia has as much omega-3 as other popular seafood.

According to the National Fisheries Institute, the mild fish has climbed to become the fourth most eaten seafood in the U.S., behind only shrimp, salmon and canned tuna.
So people may not want to eat Tilapia every day, but that doesn’t mean it has to be avoided altogether, nutritionists say.

Photo credit: enanic.files

CatFish Pepper Soup

Catfish pepper soup popularly called point and kill in Nigeria is usually sold and eaten at local bars and restaurants. The name point and kill is used because when customers arrive at the restaurant and order for fresh catfish pepper soup, they usually point at the live fish and it is killed and prepared immediately for you.

I enjoy having my Pepper soup with white rice, while some people enjoy having their pepper soup with boiled yam or boiled plantain when taken as a meal.

INGREDIENTS

4 medium size catfish

1 lime

3 table spoons Pepper soup mixed spice

2 tea spoons dry blended hot chilli

100g fresh prawns

2 pints water or stock

1 bunch scent leaf, chopped

1 cube maggi seasoning

1 cups of crayfish

1 bulb onions

Salt to taste

To make your own pepper soup mix you will need equal portions of ;  allspice seed, anise pepper, anise seeds, cloves, coriander seeds, cumin seeds, dried ginger, fennel seeds, tamarind pulp and ground pepper. (blend)

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Pepper soup spice

DIRECTIONS

Have the fishmonger kill and the clean fish. Slice into pieces. At home, wash the fish thoroughly with lime to remove any sticky dirt orensure you have boil hot water and pour on the pieces of fish leave for one minutes and remove immediately. This ensures it toughens the skin of the fish so it does not fall apart.

Place washed fish aside in a clean bowl.

Cut onions into tiny pieces

Pick and wash the scent leaves and chop them with your fingers into tiny small pieces.

COOKING DIRECTION

In a clean pot, place the pieces of fish, pour 2­-3 cups water to cover the fish, add the stock cubes and bring to the boil.

Once fish is boiling, add fresh prawns, mix pepper soup spice, onions, crayfish and scent leaves and continue cooking.

When fish is done, add salt to taste and leave for 5 minutes to simmer and its ready to be serve!

Serve with chilled juice or beer.

Barbecue Fish

 

 

Barbecue fish is extremely healthy. The aroma of the barbecue is an alluring one. This is a deliciously simple recipe that never fails to impress.

INGREDIENTS

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1 teaspoon olive oil

Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

1 bay leaf or foil wrap

500g (1 ¼ Ib) fresh sea fish

Preparation method 5mins

1.       Preheat an outdoor barbecue for medium heat and lightly oil cooking grate.

2.       In a small bowl, stir together lemon juice, olive oil, salt, pepper and bay leaf. Rub fish with mixture inside and out.

3.       Cook the fish over medium heat for 8 to 10 minutes, flipping half way through. Fish is done and served with chilled fruit drink or Zobo drink.

Tomatoe Sauce With Fresh Curry Leaves

Hum… yummy how I so love the taste of my tomatoes and fish sauce. Actually, it’s my hubby’s favorite sauce as he always looks forward to it.

For lovers of rice, you can have a change of sauce away fromthe regular stew style and enjoy the tasty fish tomatoes sauce garnished with fresh curry leaves that gives you a nice aroma.

INGREDIENTS

  • Fresh tomatoes
  • Fresh pepper
  • 1 Onion
  • Ice Titus Fish
  • Vegetable oil
  • Curry leaves
  • 1 cube magi
  • Salt.

RECIPE 

Buy fresh tomatoes and fresh pepper, slice together with onions. Get your frying pan out and fry your chopped tomatoes, pepper and onions.

Season your sauce with a cube of Maggi and 1/2 table spoon of salt. Stir and allow to fry for 2 minutes.

Wash your curry leaves and slice and wash your fish too. Then put into the sauce and allow to fry for 5 minutes.

You may choose to fry your fish if you like it fried.

Put down your sauce and serve with white rice or potatoes.

Enjoy!