Plate Tectonics – Antarctica

Plate Tectonics – Antarctica

This one had Jessica and I debating for a week.
There is no food there. Not really.
The only people that are there are doing research.. And they eat the foods that are from their country, I guess.
Someone on another blog said they had contacted someone at a research place down there, who said they have beef wellington every year on Christmas.

I read somewhere that people eat chocolate while they’re on expeditions there.
It’s the only thing high in calories(you burn a lot in that kind of cold), that you can eat frozen.
Jessica and I toyed with the idea of getting a chocolate bar from every country that had stake in Antarctican territory.
Those would include Norway, United Kingdom, France, Australia, Chile, and Argentina.
A defunct claim? Nazi Germany.
We forgot about the chocolate. *shrugs*

We decided on raw fish.
I got Escolar, Marlin, and Yellowfin Tuna.
All sushi quality.
(you can’t just go buying any fish and eat it raw.)
AS far as I understand, fish has to be frozen below -45 degrees for several days to kill any parasites?
This coming from someone who was in the seafood business for a long time.

We also made…
A seaweed salad.
An iceberg wedge salad.. (GET IT?)
Some king crab legs..(yeah. i know. lay off.)
Tuna tartare.
We had some sushi rice on the side to even it all out.

Jessica made a blue cheese dressing for the salad.
Recipe to come soon.

When you buy crab legs, it’s cooked, and usually frozen.
If it’s not, most times it’s been thawed by the store.
All you have to do is thaw them, then cover with tinfoil, with a teensy bit of water on the bottom of the pan.
I like to just blast them at 500 degrees for 5 minutes or so.
La Petite Crab.
We made clarified butter, too.
Which is basically just butter, simmered until all of the white foam comes to the top, and you scoop it off.
You’re supposed to strain it, but meh. We didn’t.

Jessica’s husband can’t stand the thought of eating bugs, but will eat it if it is removed from it’s exoskeleton.
King crab legs are easy, because their shells are more like paper, and you can cut through them with scissors.
Cleaning Clocks.
I cut around the joints, then up the middle of the side of a leg.
Pull open, and remove the meat.

I sliced the Escolar, and the Marlin, respectively.
We served those with store bought wasabi sauce, pickled ginger, and some soy.

I chopped the Yellowfin Tuna.
Then added a spicy sauce.

Wedges are easy.
Iceberg lettuce and dressing. Duh.
With some cherry tomatoes halved and sprinkled.
A lot of times they include bacon…
And though the wedge salad was a huge stretch for Antarctica anyway, I thought that would *really* be pushing it.

Good times. AGAIN.

Get a load of the fun this baby is having.

After lunch, we made our way to our friend Kate’s new house.
We brought the leftovers, but they fell on the street. Dang.
We did get to see this amazing sunset on the way home.

I realize that this whole business is kind of half-assed.
But what are you going to do?
People aren’t really sure this is a real country.
And there’s no indigenous people, nor a working government.


Tartare Sauce

1 tbsp mayonnaise (WOOT)
1 tbsp Sriratcha hot sauce
1/4 tsp fish sauce
1/4 tsp rice wine vinegar
a few drops of sesame oil
salt and pepper to taste