Must Be Summer(ish): Whole Fish, Bloody Mary and Thai Peanut Noodles

To celebrate that our grass grew in and we haven’t killed a single plant (yet), we marked Sunday’s sunny afternoon with bloody marys and an Asian whole fish feast. Here are the recipes:

Bloody Mary

Bloody Mary: The making of

I’ve only recently learned to love a Bloody Mary. Maybe it’s a grown up drink and a sign I am getting old. Or maybe it’s just that the¬†Bloody Mary has been remade by the foodie crowd and no longer feature slimy V8. This recipe comes compliments of my friend from Brookyln, who, during a recent visit, made sure to stock our fridge with all the ingredients.

Ingredients:

Tomato juice
vodka
worcestershire sauce
lemons
horseradish
salt and pepper
tabasco (or another hot sauce).

Making the bloody mary

Fill a pint glass with ice and add 1-2 shots of vodka. Then, fill most of the way up with tomato juice. Add two or three good shakes worcestershire sauce, the juice of one lemon, salt and pepper (celery salt if you have it, or add celery seed in addition to the salt) and several shakes of hot sauce. Top that off with about a quarter to half a teaspoon of horseradish.

whole fish on the grill
Grilling is a gruesome art

Asian Whole Fish

I love whole fish, and this is my favorite way to make it. The hardest part by far is finding a store that sells whole fish. I recommend the Chinese market Great Wall in Vienna, Va.

At Great Wall, you choose your fish from an impressive spread of sea food (that also includes sea cucumbers). Then, the butcher (fish monger?) will prepare in one of a half a dozen ways, which range from just cleaned and scaled to completely filleted. We went with option #2, which involved getting the fins and tail cut off.

Ingredients:

One whole fish (a white, firm fish works well. We used rockfish to keep it local)
green onion
Thai peppers
ginger
garlic
soy sauce, if desired

Mince all your ingredients and stuff in the fish. Stick on the grill. Be careful not to flip until the side in fully done. You can’t see the other side of this fish, but he looks like he got into a bad fight with a lamprey. Avoid that.

carrot peanut noodles

Top your noodles with shedded carrot and sliced green onions

Peanut Veggie Noodles

I think a plain white rice (or a pineapple rice, if you are adventurous) would have suited this dish better. But I wanted a side that I could transform into lunch for the next day. This recipe is a great one for that. Just add some grilled chicken breast to the top.

Half a package of spaghetti noodles (I suppose you can also use rice noodles)
1/2 Peanut butter (I use the organic kind)
1/3 cup low sodium soy sauce
1/3 cup rice wine vinegar
2 tablespoons Asian chili sauce, recommend sriracha
2 tablespoons sesame oil
1 tablespoon sugar 1 teaspoon ground pepper (preferably white)
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 1/2 cup shredded carrot
1 bunch green onion, chopped (set aside half of chopped green tops)

Directions:

Cook noodles al dente (do not overcook – mushy noodles won’t work). Strain and rinse under cold water until cooled. Mix together all “dressing” ingredients (peanut butter through garlic power)until blended. In large bowl stir together noodles, sauce and vegetables (reserve 1/2 chopped greens from green onion to sprinkle on top). Chill before serving.

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