It's cool how things happen sometimes.
Some people I know go fishing regularly off the coast of California. Today, they were kind enough to share with me (a truly novice fish preparer) with some very fresh yellowtail to experiment on. They both love to fish and often share their catch with others to enjoy.
After hearing about the catch and the trip, I wanted to be sure I had some info on where to begin preparing this fish for dinner.
So I asked one of them for a recipe. By complete chance, I was referred to one from a blogger I read regularly. Hank Shaw of Hunter Angler Gardener Cook. Only this recipe came from About.com's Fish and Seafood Cooking section. And I didn't immediately make the connection.
So, although I had "a" recipe in hand and had everything I needed, I decided I should still check Hank's site to see if he had a yellowtail recipe posted. Maybe, just maybe, I'd find a recipe of his to try.
Before I could find out if he did, I ended up clicking on a link for a different fish recipe, which took me to About.com to a different recipe posted by Hank Shaw. Then I thought to look at the recipe I had been given....
Yep, it was also written by Hank Shaw.
I love when connections like that happen and the world suddenly seems - somehow - smaller.
I've been following Hank's blog for a while but I haven't yet tried to prepare any of his recipes. Not because I didn't want to. I just usually don't have the ingredients on hand, or I'm intimidated. Or both.
Intimidated or not, I figured the stars had aligned tonight to encourage me to give this recipe a try.
[Please see Hank's site, or the about.com site, for the recipe and preparation directions. I'll only be posting limited comments on what I was doing (and my pictures) here.]
Salted the fish.