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Thursday, April 10, 2008

I want to eat healthy, I really do. I hear seafood is a good place to start. Now, call me weird, but  I'm thinking anything that looks up at me from my plate deserves to live.

People eat seafood like there's no tomorrow, and I just don't get it. I've tried everything from shrimp to Mrs. Paul's, and I'm just not into it. We went to Nantucket Island, for crying out loud, and to my husband's everlasting shame, I ate chicken. 

The closest I come to eating seafood is those little cheese cracker thingies called Goldfish. Now, THAT'S something I can sink my teeth into!

And there's another thing that bothers me (aren't you glad I'm in a chatty mood today?). 


Live ones.

In the grocery store.

What in the sam hill is that all about?  I feel bad for them. Sure, I know they're ugly, but not everybody can be a swan.

Besides, all their friends have bailed. Haven't you heard? They're out looking for Nemo. Somebody should tell them.

One more thing, and I'll shut up. My family likes crab legs (I must be adopted). I'm sure you know there's a method to eating them. Crack their shells and then you eat the slimy stuff inside. Other than showing it in a good horror flick, I just don't see the point.

Most likely, many of you love seafood and you might be able to convert me with a really wonderful recipe like chocolate salmon or something. I hope you can convert me. After all, fish is supposedly brain food. 

Come to think of it, that explains a lot.

Diann Hunt  
posted at 7:54 AM  
  Comments (25)
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At 1:05 AM, Blogger Kristin said...

Oh my gosh, Diann, when you come here I am totally taking you to the Chinese grocery store. They buy EVERYTHING alive, and it smells like it! To make matters worse, on the weekend, they have some kind of cooking demonstration, which you know, should smell GOOD, am I right?

But it's like sauerkraut died, every single time!

I'm also taking you to SF or Monterey because you have never tasted seafood like Dungenous (sp?) crab. Granted, not good for you, but man, oh man, the flavor!!!

I hate seafood!! When my family eats salmon (and even my kids love it) I have a steak. LOL

At 7:35 AM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

ROTFLOL! Dead sauerkraut!!!! I love that description!!!

Kristin knows I hate seafood. I ordered calamari in San Francisco when I was with her. I tasted it and said something about the noodles tasting rubbery. She goes, "Diann, do you know what calamari is?" "Um, no." She's like, "It's squid."


She got the waiter to bring me a different order. What a great friend! *g*

At 9:28 AM, Blogger Kay said...

I love seafood. Even as little girl I always ate fish at the buffet, even with all those other choices. Fish and mac and cheese!

But honestly, just get some fish oil capsules. You will get all of the benefits and none of the hazards. Eating fish is getting more dangerous all the time what with the mercury, pcps, or whatever and all that. Besides, I don't think someone can learn to like it. Seems like its something you're either born with, or not.

At 9:32 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

Lobster and crab legs aren't slimy! LOL Have you ever TRIED them? They're not at all slimy. Love them!

You might try crab fettucine at Red Lobster. It's to die for the noodles might help you decide you like the taste. LOL

At 10:51 AM, Blogger Gracie said...

Aw, c'mon, Diann. Seafood is good! Now, it will never beat short-ribs from the crock pot, but it still has a great taste. Of course you have to get the right seasonings, because plain cooked fish -- blah. My mom bakes salmon with lemon and thyme and I think dill, and it is delicious!

I do feel sorry for lobsters, though. Have you ever seen them in those grocery store aquariums? It's so sad to see them tapping their claws against the glass as if to say, "Help me! Get me out of here!" I almost want to buy them and set them free; but at twenty dollars a pound, I'd rather not. Besides, Colleen is right: they taste good. (Not exactly good for you, with all that cholesterol and fat and everything, but still... : )

At 10:53 AM, Blogger Kristin said...

Oh my gosh, I had totally forgotten about that! So funny Di! I can't take even the fish oil, I take hemp oil instead of flax. Hopefully, I won't ever get a drug testing. LOL

At 11:19 AM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

I have to admit I don't mind salmon. We went to TGIF and I ordered salmon (something I NEVER do), and it was wonderful. Cedar flavoring, all that. Now do I prefer it over, say, steak and chicken? No. But I feel like I'm being good to myself when I eat it twice every twelve years. :-)

Your mom's salmon sounds good, Gracie!

At 11:29 AM, Blogger Suzanne said...

Okay Di-you don't HAVE to eat shellfish, they're bottom dwellers and pretty much the cockroaches of the sea. Try fish instead (make sure it's wild caught and not farm raised). It's better for you than shellfish.

I like cod, swordfish, grouper and a good tuna steak.

At 11:47 AM, Blogger Kayla said...

Ugh. Seafood is absolutely disgusting. *gag* If I never eat fish again it will be too soon. My grandma used to make salmon cakes and I had to sit in her house all day afterward. *shudder* The closest I get to fish is Finding Nemo. I think it all tastes the same...fishy. To me, an expensive lobster tasted like a slab o' fish from uh, anywhere else.

At 2:53 PM, Blogger Gracie said...

Yep, it is. Maybe I could mail you a plate sometime. ; )

But if you really despise the taste of fish, try tilapea. (sp?) It's supposed to be more mild. And fresh fish tastes better than packaged grocery store stuff. It doesn't taste or smell fishy, and you can feel good about eating it!

Though don't replace the steaks...

At 3:22 PM, Blogger Rachel said...

I could live on seafood for the rest of my life and never get tired of it. Mrs. Paul's, or anything else in the frozen section, does NOT qualify as seafood.

You need to try a fresh caught broiled Gulf red snapper. I'm so glad I live on the Gulf coast because we truly have some of the best seafood in the world. The shrimp in 2005 after the hurricanes churned the Gulf up was DIVINE!

I judge many restaurants by the quality of their seafood. Doesn't matter what else is on the menu, if their shrimp or fish doesn't meet my standards I'm not likely to go back.

And I adore calamari.... And octopus.

At 6:10 PM, Blogger Denise Hunter said...

I'm like you, Di. Fishsticks are about as far as I'll go.

At 6:28 PM, Blogger Mocha with Linda said...

And I thought I was the only one.

Now I do like grilled shrimp.

But the rest of that stuff can just stay in the sea and look beautiful swimming around. I gave it a good try years ago on our honeymoon in Boston - figured if it ever would taste good, that was the place. Ick.

My husband loves lobster, as well as everything else. I don't get it. For starters, I don't like their beady eyes staring at me on my plate, even if they are already dead.

Secondly, I don't want to have to work so hard when I sit down to dinner! If it needs a hammer and a screwdriver and that much work for such a pitiful amount of meat - not to mention the bib you have to wear - that's just not worth it.

Give me a thick juicy filet mignon and a baked potato anytime!!

At 6:30 PM, Blogger Tanja said...

Ummmm, yeah. About the lobsters. I'm feeling really bad after reading all your comments of sympathy. When we pass them at Wal-mart, I've got the kids waving at them, blowing kisses and telling them "bye-bye" when we leave. It's never really clicked with them that we're on the grocery side of the store and not the pet supply. Maybe I ought to stop now before it does and some serious scarring occurs.

As a side comment, I'd still eat 'em in a heartbeat!

At 6:30 PM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

Girls, girls, properly prepared lobster has no beady eyes! And it's all taken out of the shell for you to enjoy. I've never had to fight for a bite of lobster in my life!

At 11:30 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

Tilapia is supposed to be a bottom dweller too. I'm telling you, it needs to moo or cluck!

At 11:30 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

Tilapia is supposed to be a bottom dweller too. I'm telling you, it needs to moo or cluck!

At 7:40 AM, Blogger Lisa Jordan said...

Oh, Di, I'm so with you! I hate seafood. We go to Red Lobster every year for Hubby's birthday and I order chicken. My dad was horrified when I told him. My husband is an avid fisherman, but he does catch and release...isn't he sweet?

The one and only time I baked a salmon, I got very sick. Come to find out I was actually pregnant with our youngest son, but I've refused to cook seafood since. Ugh.

At 8:38 AM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

I'm so with you, Linda! A hammer and screwdriver to eat? There's something definitely wrong!

Tanja, do you think your boys would recognize their "friends" if they saw one on your plate? *g*

Rachel, if you eat octopus, you're my hero. The most adventurous I've ever gotten was the calamari and I didn't mean to do that! *g*

Oh, my goodness, Lisa, cooking salmon when you're pregnant?!!! You poor thing! No wonder you'll never touch it again!

At 8:56 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

Squid, octopus, what's the difference? LOL I'll never forget when you ordered that and didn't know what it was! LOL

I eat fish every day. Literally. My fave is mahi mahi but I also love salmon. Funny how you can get sick on something when you're pregnant and it will turn you off for life. I'm that way about pork. Not a fan after getting sick just cooking i when pregnant for our son.

Some tilapia is a bottom dweller, the breed in Asia I think, but what we eat here is really good fish. Very mild white fish without a fishy flavor. I don't like a heavy fish flavor either. Mahi mahi is to die for.

At 5:22 PM, Blogger Ane Mulligan said...

Maybe because I was born and bred (shouldn't that be bred and born?) in Southern California, I love seafood. I also adore sun-dried tomatos and capers. They really are a nice combination on top of fresh fish. Yum. :D

But my favorite was of cooking fish is grilled - outdoors. Just a dash, okay a LOT of garlic, a bit of salt and pepepr, and that's a great feast. One that's good for your heart.

Plus all that garlic keeps the mosquitos off, too. :D

At 5:30 PM, Blogger Ane Mulligan said...

I just bought some Mahi Mahi today, in fact, Colleen! I'm with you on the seafood. I don't eat a lot of shellfish any more, though, because of the cholesterol.

But Red Snapper - yum. Any flaky fish that comes from the ocean is good.

Now me, I LOVE sushi. That's my fave food on this earth. :D

I don't eat a lot of octopus, but only because it's tasteless. That is unless it's in a good octopus salad. Then it yum-oh.

At 6:11 PM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

Ane, your FAVORITE food is sushi, NOT chocolate????!!!!!!!!!!!!! And I thought we were kindred spirits!!!!!!


At 7:39 PM, Blogger Ausjenny said...

Diann, wont try to convert you I like tuna out of a can and thats about as far as i go with seafood.

Im with Kristin give me a steak
(roast lamb is even better)

At 7:26 PM, Blogger Ane Mulligan said...

Yeah, but I have chocolate for dessert. :D I gotta have protein before my chocolate.


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