If you want to prepare a dish that combines both taste and elegance, you simply cannot go wrong with scallops! Sweet and creamy with a chewy texture, their mild flavour pairs beautifully with a sauce that is rich and buttery. Never cooked this divine shellfish before? Worry not – as top providers of seafood in Malta, we’ve shared a simple recipe and tips on cooking scallops for beginners below.
Chilled butter (3 tablespoons)
Fresh green onion, chopped (1 ½ tablespoons)
Mince white onion,
5-6 large scallops
Fresh parsley, chopped (1 ½ tablespoons)
White wine (60ml)
1. You’ll need a large frying pan for this – preferably one that’s heavy based so that the heat is absorbed and distributed more evenly. Before going onto the next step, begin heating the oven to a temperature of 70°C.
2. Apply some cooking spray onto the surface along with some salt and pepper, and place the scallops in the pan. Allow them to sear for about 5 minutes over medium-high heat, waiting until they are browned. Cook for another 3 minutes, flipping them over with a pair of tongs or cooking pliers. Remove them from the pan, and leave them to warm in the oven.
3. Now for the sauce! Get rid of the brown bits at the bottom of the pan by using a wooden spoon. Add the white wine and the white onion together, allowing them to boil for 5 minutes. Adjust the temperature to a lower heat setting, and begin whisking in the butter gradually, adding one tablespoon at a time. Add salt and pepper to taste, and stir in the green onion and parsley.
4. Serve the scallops with the sauce. Bon appetit!
Bonus tips for cooking scallops:
Always try to buy dry scallops, as they tend to be free of chemical additives. They also have a purer flavour than wet ones and are darker in colour (usually more beige than white).
If you have wet scallops, dry them out before searing by patting the outsides with a paper towel.
Scallops can be kept in the fridge for a maximum of 2 days. Fresh scallops have a sweet, ocean smell; those that go bad will start emitting a strong, fishy odour.
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Around the world, particularly in South East Asia, chefs have devised ways to use giant banana leaves in cooking savoury and sweet foods alike. Banana leaves serve many purposes in the kitchen, from adding flavour to foods cooked inside them, to simply being used as colourful serving plates. A parcel made from banana leaves seals in moisture and flavour and infuses the contents with a subtle, grassy aroma. As leading providers of fish in Malta, our team at Azzopardi Fisheries St. Paul’s Bay shares two popular ways of cooking fish in banana leaves.
Thai grilled/barbecued fish
Imagine opening a leaf packet and an eruption of steam and aromas filling your nostrils. What could possibly be better than fish fillets, coated in spices and herbs, wrapped into a banana leaf package, and grilled over hot charcoal? (That’s a rhetorical question, by the way).
If you’re missing the smell of summer barbeques and want to make the most of a sunny day, invite some people over for some delicious Thai grilled fish. Instead of using tin foil, lay a piece of banana leaf on your grill and cook the fish, veg, potatoes and other food items on top of it. The leaf will first turn bright green, then brown, and once served, will lend your food a lovely subtle flavour.
Thai baked fish
Slathered in a fragrant coconut sauce, wrapped in banana leaves and baked in the oven, you’ll love how tender and delicious this Thai-baked fish will turn out. Nearly any type of fish will work in this recipe, including salmon, cod, and tilapia, and can be served with plain rice, coconut rice or potatoes. Secure the packet with toothpicks, which should be inserted and woven through the leaf, or simply place the packet “seam-side” down to keep it from opening while baking.
Banana leaves dress up the dish by adding an exotic touch, and serve as a beautiful background on which to serve various Asian dishes and platters. If you want to be even fancier, use the leaves to make leaf boats in which you can serve rice, fish, and other food. They also make for a wonderful conversation starter at dinner parties!
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Have you found yourself with a bunch of leftover fish you have no idea what to do with? Good news: contrary to popular belief, fish is not a one-time deal. So before you toss any leftovers away, check out our tips on turning leftover fish into veritable hors d’oevres – brought to you by the leading provider of fresh fish in Malta!
Fish cakes (Pulpetti)
Combine cooked flaked fish and mashed potatoes for delicious fish cakes. Adapt the ratio depending on preference and the amount of fish you have; you can choose to go heavier on the potatoes than the fish for something more filling. Then, deep fry them and optionally, add some bread crumbs to help them thicken.
Give that leftover fish new life in the form of a Tex-mex burrito. Mix it with rice and beans, slice some vegetables, chuck in some guacamole, put it all inside a heated tortilla and you’ve got yourself a slice of Mexican paradise.
Fish Soup (Aljotta)
Yummy, chewy bits of fish, inside a rich, garlicky broth… there’s nothing quite like the traditional Maltese aljotta when it comes to heart (and soul) warming food in winter. Tiny pasta is sometimes also added to it for a more filling meal.
Tuna is not the only fish you can incorporate into a salad! Flake the leftover fish onto a yummy salad; quinoa, corn, avocado, beans, seasonal vegetables… the choice of combinations are endless. Top it with a nice dressing and you’ve got yourself a light, healthy meal or side dish.
Make a stray cat’s day
If you can’t be bothered to cook again or don’t want to taste fish two days in a row (really?!), there will always be a furry baby that’ll be more than willing to give you a hand. Leave your leftovers in a bowl outside for the strays and make their day.
There is, however, one important step that you cannot mess up: the reheating step. The first thing to make sure is that if you have to use direct heat to reheat your leftovers, it must be quick and gentle. Do it slowly on low heat, and forget about putting it into the microwave for a quick nuke! Using high heat such as pan-searing a second time or microwaving will only leave your fish dry and the space smelly! Lastly, keep in mind that fish must be used within one or two days of first cooking it.
Reduce waste by using your leftovers wisely!
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Fishing lore and traditions have been passed down from generation to generation, whether through conversations between grandparents and their grandchildren or among fellow anglers at the pub after a long day out at sea. As long time vendors of fresh fish in Malta, the team at Azzopardi Fisheries have come across their fair share of unusual fishing superstitions – read a few of our favourites below!
1. Throw the first fish you catch back into the ocean
According to this theory, failing to do so will mean that you won’t catch any more fish that day. For an extra boost of good luck, some fishermen even spit on, or kiss the fish before tossing it back into the water!
2. Never, ever whistle when on board
Whistling when on board a ship or any sort of fishing vessel is said to encourage strong winds and bad weather, causing a storm to break out. This belief may have its roots in the centuries-long ban imposed by The Royal Navy, who claim that whistling on board may confuse important commands.
3. Redheads are bad luck…
British and Irish fishermen believe that seeing a redhead on your way to the harbour will bring you nothing but bad luck for the rest of the day – so, rather than take any chances, it’s best to cancel the whole expedition altogether.
4. … and so are bananas!
Among all the fishing superstitions that exist, this is definitely one of the strangest ones (which is saying a lot). It actually goes back to the 1790s, when people believed that sailors started dying at sea because of poisonous insects that hid in bananas on board. Additionally, rotten bananas also caused fresh produce on the ship to go bad, turning any food cargo worthless.
5. Never rename your fishing boat
At least, not without consulting Poseidon, God of the Sea. An ancient boat renaming ceremony dictates that before changing the name of your boat, you must first purge its old name from the Ledger of the Deep, thus also erasing it from Poseidon’s memory. No, we don’t entirely get it either…
6. Say no to Fridays, but yes to Sundays
There are quite a few fishing superstitions out there; however, this one is the most widely known. Christ is believed to have been killed on a Friday, so going out to sea on that day is considered to be a bad omen. Sunday was the day of his resurrection, therefore, it is meant to bring better luck.
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When we think of hobbies belonging to movie stars, A-list athletes or pop singers, images of fancy clubs or restaurants usually come to mind, along with front row seats at Wimbledon and lavish red carpet events. Therefore, it may come as a surprise that quite a few enjoy one of the most common pastimes out there – fishing! As the leading provider of fresh fish in Malta and one of the biggest names in the local fishing industry, the team at Azzopardi Fisheries St. Paul’s Bay shares a few famous names out there who are hooked on this hobby.
1. Brad Pitt
Back in 1992, Pitt had to learn how to fish for his role in the film “A River Runs Through It”, where he played a fly-fisherman called Paul Maclean. It then became a personal hobby of his, and he is often photographed with his family near rivers, lakes and seas, fishing pole in hand.
2. Harrison Ford
The Blade Runner star is unable to hunt killer androids in real life – so he makes up for it by seeking his (arguably less intimidating) prey in the ocean. Ford loves to combine his love of the outdoors with his passion for fishing, and often sets out on lengthy excursions with his fishing buddies and equipment in tow.
3. Tiger Woods
Although Woods owes his fame and livelihood to golfing, he prefers to relax away from the golf course and spend some time near the sea instead. He considers fishing the perfect way to unwind, and particularly enjoys spearfishing and catching largemouth bass.
4. Liam Neeson
Neeson makes a point of going fly-fishing every summer, saying that he usually goes on holiday during the months of July and August and heads down to Southern Utah in the United States.
5. David Beckham
An avid fisherman, Becks is often photographed with his two sons or proudly posing by himself with his catch of the day in hand. Earlier this year, he shared snaps of his fishing trip in Iceland on Instagram, clad in impressive looking fishing gear from head to toe. Well, we would expect no less from the husband of Posh Spice…
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Animals such as cats, dogs and sharks have all (rightfully) earned their place in Hollywood history, with popular releases such as Beethoven, Homeward Bound and The Aristocats. So why should fish be any different? As everyone’s favourite provider of fresh fish and fresh seafood in Malta, the team at Azzopardi Fisheries lists a few beloved fish movies below.
1. Finding Nemo (2003)
We couldn’t possibly begin this list of fish movies without mentioning one of the most popular family films of all time. The tale of the timid yet lovable Marlin and his search for his missing son, Nemo, forever changed the way audiences around the world saw clownfish! However, the real break-out character was undeniably the scatterbrained regal blue tang fish, Dory, voiced by the inimitable Ellen DeGeneres.
2. Ponyo (2008)
Another animated masterpiece, Ponyo was written and directed by the much-revered Hayao Miyazaki of the famous Studio Ghibli studios. The title of the movie refers to the name of the main character, a goldfish, who befriends a five year old human boy called Sosuke. This relationship drives the main plot of the story, which is Ponyo’s desire to become a human girl. The film was a commercial and critical success worldwide, winning the Japan Academy Prize for Animation of the Year.
3. A Fish Called Wanda (1988)
Only John Cleese could make a pet goldfish called Wanda the centrepiece of a heist comedy movie. Cleese wrote and starred in this British classic, which also features among its main cast Jamie Lee Curtis, fellow Python member Michael Palin and Academy Award winner Kevin Kline. It went on to receive very high praise, with reviews describing the film as “a brainy comedy with widespread appeal.”
4. Shark Tale (2004)
Despite the title, the film’s main character is actually a bluestreak cleaner wrasse fish named Oscar, voiced by Will Smith. An animated, underwater version of The-Sopranos-meets-Goodfellas-meets-The-Godfather, the supporting cast features film and TV stars such as Robert De Niro, Martin Scorsese and Michael Imperioli. The plot revolves around Oscar’s false claim of having killed the son of a shark mob boss, and the repercussions that follow.
5. IMAX: Deep Sea 3D (2006)
Narrated by Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet, this 40 minute documentary short is a fascinating look at various sea life in the ocean, and examines the complexity of the delicate ecosystem underwater. Viewers are treated to unique, breathtaking scenes which feature species of jellyfish, manta rays, squids and fish.
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Easy and exciting enough for children and adults alike, snorkelling offers an incredible sense of freedom. The world abounds with great snorkelling destinations for the perfect vacation activity. As suppliers of fresh fish in Malta, our team at Azzopardi Fisheries St. Paul’s Bay has compiled a list of some of our favourite submerged wonderlands that will leave you wishing you were a permanent underwater inhabitant.
1. Great Barrier Reef, Australia
It’s impossible to start off a blog about the world’s best snorkelling spots without mentioning the largest coral reef ecosystem in the world! The renowned Great Barrier Reef actually consists of almost 3,000 individual reefs that stretch over 1,400 miles off the Australian shoreline. Eye-popping coral, brilliant marine life, Barracuda, manta rays, and the bones of ships that crashed on the reef all make the Great Barrier Reef a must-visit destination for ocean aficionados.
2. Ambergris Caye, Belize
Home to the second largest barrier reef in the world, Belize offers many opportunities to get up close and personal with eels and rays, and feast your eyes on a kaleidoscope of brightly-coloured fish and coral sunken beneath the turquoise Caribbean waters. And for the more courageous, this is one of the best places to live out your swimming-with-sharks fantasies. For those who are also into scuba diving, this is where the famous Blue Hole is located.
3. Komodo Island, Indonesia
Other than the unique massive lizards that live on this rugged island, Komodo also hosts some fascinating inhabitants underwater. Visitors have the choice of swimming with rays and turtles in the undersea garden that grows at Pink Beach. Alternatively, the sea surrounding the Komodo National Park offers unmatched underwater exploration with over 1000 species of fish, a flourishing reef, huge Manta rays, as well as 14 types of endangered whales, dolphins, and giant turtles.
4. Ilha Grande, Brazil
With its white sandy beaches, exciting forest trails, and absence of private cars, the wilderness wonderland that is Ilha Grande feels largely untouched. Hike through the island’s monkey-filled jungles, dive into the warm waters of Lagoa Azul, ogle the underwater coves, swim with seahorses, and follow a turtle through a sunken jungle in this natural paradise.
5. Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
The Galapagos, made up of 19 volcanic islands, are truly out of this world and one of the best snorkelling destinations across the globe. They offer a glimpse into the natural world of iguanas and tortoises that inspired Charles Darwin, and some of the creatures that call the awe-inspiring Galapagos home can’t be found anywhere else. Beneath the waves is a diverse world of marine life, where snorkelers and divers alike can get up close with sea turtles, Galapagos penguins, fur seals, sea lions, dolphins, orcas and humpback whales in their natural habitat.
So grab a mask and a pair of flippers and head to one of these snorkelling destinations that are bound to truly make your jaw drop – if you weren’t breathing through a snorkel, that is. For anyone who’d like to stay put and simply get a taste of the sea, we at Azzopardi Fisheries in St. Paul’s Bay are dedicated to offering our customers a wide variety of quality seafood in Malta.
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As leading providers of fish in Malta, our team at Azzopardi Fisheries pick some of the world’s weirdest fish that will have you question evolution.
Don’t be fooled by these cute little things – they are in fact, ninjas. For one, their eyes move independently so as not to give their position away when stalking prey, while avoiding becoming prey themselves by mimicking the colour of underwater plants. In terms of traditional romance, few species come close to the seahorse. They are monogamous, mate for life, and prefer to swim in pairs with their tails linked together. If that wasn’t fascinating enough for such a tiny fish, seahorses are among the only known animal species in which the male bears the unborn young in a ventral pouch until they hatch.
However, the downside to being a seahorse is that due to their body shape and their upright position, they are rather inept swimmers. Speaking of survival, the little ninjas must eat almost constantly to stay alive (is that even a bad thing?) as food passes through their digestive systems quickly since they have no stomach.
2. Ocellated Icefish
How’s transparent blood for strange? Haemoglobin, the protein that gives blood its red colour and carries oxygen to the muscles and organs that need it, also happens to be the protein lacking in this fish’s blood. The Icefish is somehow able to survive without haemoglobin and pumps blood five times faster than the average fish.
Since this colourful fish spends most of its day nibbling at algae and dead coral (thus cleaning the reef), its waste is largely made up of tiny grains of hard coral. In other words, parrotfish poop lots of beautiful, fine white sand! But that’s not all! These fashionable fish change their gorgeous colours as they grow, and many also change from female to male. Versatility at its best, and undoubtedly one of the weirdest fish in the ocean!
4. Angler Fish
When it comes to hideous and terrifying looks paired with an immaculate hunting method, no other fish comes anywhere close to the Angler Fish. This one is downright freaky – the fish version of a nightmare. And with a fish that’s so strange looking, it’s hard to choose its most distinct feature, so we’ll leave it up to you to decide.
Angler Fish have a large head, an enormous mouth (probably the most likely part to give you nightmares, and a whip-like rod that protrudes out of the top of their head, which they wave to entice their prey. The females are much bigger than the males, growing up to 1.2 metres long, as compared to the males, who only grow 16cm long. When a male finds a female, he bites into her side and fuses to her forever, taking nutrients from her blood. Talk about taking clingy to another level.
The good news is that most of them live in the deep, dark ocean, which is why they glow light, due to photo plankton. So as long as you stay away, you’re not likely to spot one of the world’s ugliest and weirdest fish any time soon – not while leisurely snorkelling, at least.
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Being in the centre of the Mediterranean, there really is no reason why you shouldn’t take advantage of the choice of fresh fish in Malta when planning your romantic date. Here are some reasons eating seafood is one of the most romantic options.
Sure, you could splash out a little and dine at a fancy restaurant occasionally, but what’s more romantic than preparing your own feast at home on your date night? Cooking together can be a great bonding experience (as long as you don’t get into a heated argument over who’s doing what and which one of you can do it better). First of all, you’ll be spending extra quality time together. You can also be playful and have a laugh while preparing the fish and the various side dishes that go well with it, such as bruschetta, roast potatoes, grilled veg and rice.
And when you finally sit down to enjoy a sumptuous meal you worked for together, this will give you both a sense of satisfaction and strengthen your connection. Here’s hoping it is sparks, not dishes, that will fly!
It (hopefully) improves communication
The act of cooking requires you to talk, and unless you’re both professional chefs, chances are you’re going to need to learn how to communicate effectively. Perhaps one of you may even need to show the other how something is done, like how to dice a carrot correctly – the perfect excuse to get up close!
Some types of seafood, namely oysters, are considered as aphrodisiacs. With low-fat protein meat that naturally boosts dopamine and norepinephrine in your brain, the heightened sensitivity can definitely make for a more memorable evening. Serving these first at a dinner date is an excellent way to get the meal off to a romantic start.
Fun Way to Eat
There’s something primal about eating seafood; sometimes you have to get your hands dirty, suck out the juicy meat and let the delicious blend of flavours of the sea and lemon burst on your tongue. While gazing into each other’s eyes, of course.
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People travel far and wide to experience Michelin star food and service. Our team at Azzopardi Fisheries – providers of fresh fish in Malta – looks at a few renowned seafood restaurants offering a fine-dining seafood experience around the world!
1. The Fat Duck: Berkshire, U.K
At The Fat Duck, culinary wizard Heston Blumenthal and his team have advanced the craft of pushing boundaries and making the unthinkable real. Dining here is not solely about tickling one’s taste buds, it’s a complete experience that sparks playful memories, filled with curiosity, discovery and adventure. Located inside a renovated 16th-century cottage, the restaurant attained three Michelin stars in less than ten years from its opening.
Through its inventive cooking techniques, The Fat Duck has earned a reputation for being on the cutting edge of culinary trends. In a famed dish Blumenthal calls “Sounds of the Sea,” the food is topped with a seafood foam and served on a “beach” made from tapioca, breadcrumbs and eel. If that weren’t impressive enough, diners can listen to the sound of ocean waves on an iPod while eating it. Talk about an immersive sensory experience!
Famed for its eclectic tasting menu and multi-sensory cooking techniques, Blumenthal also adds a dose of psychology to his dishes, using the power of perception to trick diners into experiencing certain taste sensations. He claims, for instance, that “Using a spikey font on the menu for an acidic dish heightens the taste,” and eating ‘sardine on toast sorbet’ confuses the brain into expecting a dessert, so the food will therefore taste sweeter than it actually is.
2. Robuchon au Dôme: Macau
This gastronomic restaurant offers a truly exquisite fine-dining experience as well as magnificent views of Macau from atop the 48-storey Grand Lisboa hotel. Featuring the culinary creations of executive chef Julien Tongourian, the eatery has gained a name by serving beautifully-presented French cuisine. Its “Prestige Menu” features imperial caviar and king crab refreshed with crustacean jelly, and a crispy waffle scampi, while its “Crustaces Menu” boasts dishes in the likes of scampi ravioli, and Main lobster with girolle mushroom and green asparagus.
3. Le Bernardin: NYC
Founded in Paris in 1972, Le Bernardin initially only served fish. The restaurant later moved to New York, where it quickly became regarded as one of the city’s finest. Chef Eric Ripert, who took over when one of the restaurant’s founders passed away, continues to be guided by the philosophy that “the fish is the star of the plate.” Indeed, the elite French restaurant offers Ripert’s refined seafood, which among many other mouth-watering dishes, include Caviar tartare, ultra-rare smoked sea trout, Kampachi sashimi, Yellowfin tuna carpaccio, and crab-filled calamari.
4. Angler: London
This Michelin-starred seafood restaurant boasts the freshest and best seasonal produce, from sustainable sources. The modern British restaurant is located at the South Place hotel and enjoys mirrored ceilings and 7th- floor city views. With menu items that include Yellowfin tuna tartare with avocado and wasabi, and Dorset crab and scallop, wrapped inside a courgette flower and served with crab cream and chive oil, it is no wonder the London eatery is regarded as the epitome of fine dining.
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