Two very old very dear friends came down from Melbourne to spend the weekend here with me. Ingrid organized a fabulous programme for us but especially for me knowing I was interested in anything foodie.
|the local fishing boats owned by an old Italian family|
So she said they would pick me up on Monday morning at 6 am to go to the Fish Market not only to see the day’s catch but to witness the auction. In fact they were early and my cousin hissed at me at quarter to, your friends are here! But I was more or less ready and off we set in her mother’s trusty car.
Ingrid had booked us in for a tour so indeed after paying a fee of 20 AUD and donning our obligatory orange safety jackets, we were divided into 2 small groups and our very personable young guide Portia proceeded to give us all sorts of diverse info about the market and the proceedings there. Unfortunately no photos were allowed once inside the inner sanctum.
- On any given day around 100 types of fish are caught and sold; all in all, about 400 types pass through these fishy portals. The scene was electric: a huge well-lit hall full of boxes crammed with fish both big and small, different types of crustaceans, and of course the buyers. They were seated on bleachers to the right in front of 3 huge screens which displayed the nameof the fish being auctioned along with the amounts and prices. They use the Dutch system of auctioning which is what is used in Holland with the tulips apparently: a top price is given and bids follow from that but going down not up. It must be quite an art to get the fish at the right price!
- We learnt how to tell male crabs from female by turning them over and examining the ‘plate’ there! The males have a V marking – V for Viagra as our guide told us – easy when you know! It seems female ones are sweeter. If female crabs are found to be full of eggs, they all have to be thrown back in the sea.
|most definitely male!|
|how fresh are these??|
- All those on the tour were given a $5 voucher. Since we were 3, we put them together and got a dozen oysters which along with some fresh bread that we bought there too, we took home to Ingrid’s mum for a late breakfast!
|6 of these|
|plus 6 of these …|
|….made a great brunch!|
|as Ingrid would agree!|