I sat down to watch Jamie Oliver on Jamie & Jimmy’s Friday Night Feast this morning. Yes I know it’s a bit late considering it was on channel 4 on Friday night but I was so busy over the weekend I have only just got around to it! Plus that’s the beauty of Channel 4 on Demand!!!!
So anyway I was wondering what food waste issues could possibly be left to discuss and was rather surprised by the topic….as its something that I have been guilty of myself over the years and considering I live in Portugal it is rather shameful!
They were talking about how much fish we all waste a year, with our obsession with only buying fish that is pre-packed as fillet and nothing else. Everything else then gets wasted and a lot of the time (because our tastes) the majority of fish is shipped abroad to countries like France & Germany.
Well I must admit to doing this myself as I hate the idea of eating a bone or having to chop it up. This actually brings me back to childhood holidays in Portugal (long before I came to live here) when a member of the party would have sardines. Well unlike the rest of when we just eat a fillet of fish, this involves the head and everything else on display and makes me feel ill. It always feels like the fish is staring at me and I feel guilty for eating it!
But over the years I have got over this and have occasionally had fish in its full form, but not that often. Its also been down to convenience too as when I am making fish pie or my trusted fish cakes it makes more sense to put a fillet of fish into a pan and cook it rather than spend hours and hours chopping up fish and removing the bones.
However, we don’t actually eat fish that much (I know its pathetic considering where we live) and normally its some white fish fillet or salmon, then the rest of the time it is spent on seafood (which I love) and I never have a problem getting the meat off a crab so why does a sardine bother me so much?
We watch the local Portuguese sat there over dinner with sardines and some nice rice and it makes me wish I could eat them like that as it looks so tasty. Not to mention very good on the wallet!
When I was in hospital having Sofia back in November, a fish dish was served and it had a lot of bones, so I chose to just leave it and not eat it at all, yet if I was better educated it would get eaten!
I must also CONFESS – that I am the grand-daughter of a fisherman and have had fish many times over the years, I have just had someone else around to chop out the bones for me. I am sure my Grandad would be turning in his grave if he knew how I acted around fish.
Jamie Oliver has given me the kick up the bottom that I have needed for many years and I am determined to look into fish a lot more and see what I manage to eat and what I manage to cook.
So watch this space for my fish cooking and boning journey and let’s say goodbye to fish waste.
Now over to you….do you waste your fish or are you like the Portuguese?