This is the second part of the post on the Athens Fish Market.
As in the first part, all items are given with their Greek names. English names are given only when I am almost certain about them.
However, this does not mean I have not made an error somewhere.
Calamari

Calamari

Calamari, squid. This is the medium size. I observed three sizes altogether.
Σαβρίδια Καρύστου

Σαβρίδια Καρύστου

Savridia from Karistos, South Evia.

Σουπι�ς
Σουπιές

Soupies (cuttlefish). An all time favourite!

Μαρίδα
Μαρίδα

Marida. A Greek classic, it used to be one of the cheapest fish in the market.

Not any more!

Σαργοί Πάρου
Σαργοί Πάρου

Sargoi from Paros. A rather rare sight, catch from Paros, that is now paying the price of careless fishing without any regard for the seabed and the sea world.

Κοκάλια Χαλκίδος
Κοκάλια Χαλκίδος

Kokali, a shiny fish from Chalkis, the capital of Evia, near Athens.

Γοφάρια Καβάλας
Γοφάρια Καβάλας

Gofaria from Kavala, in the North of Greece.

Λακ�ρδα Μυτιλήνης
Λακέρδα Μυτιλήνης

Lakerda from Mytilini, Lesvos. It is usually cured in salt. I will publish a recipe in the near future.

Τσιπούρες Μονεμβασιάς
Τσιπούρες Μονεμβασιάς

Tsipoures from Monemvasia, a medieval town in the south Peloponese.

Μελανούρια
Μελανούρια

Melanouria, meaning negrittos.

Κολιός Καρύστου
Κολιός Καρύστου

Kolios, a cousin of mackerel.

Γοβιοί
Γοβιοί

Govioi, unknown to me, looks like a river fish.

All in all, a satisfying visit.

To be continued.

I visited the Athens Fish Market after a long time, having the impressions from my visits to Venice and San Sebastian rather fresh.
I was wondering what my home town’s market would give me as images, smells, offerings.
I will publish the post in two parts. This is Part 1.
Φαγκριά Αμοργού

Φαγκριά Αμοργού

I decided as a rule to keep the Greek names of the fish and seafood, as I find it hard to translate. The ones who know, will recognize it.

The ones who don’t will not lose much.
Ensemble

Ensemble

Θράψαλα Καρύστου

Θράψαλα Καρύστου

Thrapsala.

These are the “poor man’s” squid in Greece and I am ashamed to admit I have never tasted them.

This – unfortunately – does not constitute a proof that I am rich.
Θράψαλα - Γόνος
Θράψαλα – Γόνος

Apparently it is legal to fish the small ones.

Σφυρίδες
Σφυρίδες

Sfyrida. One of the best fishes of the Aegean!

Σφυρίδα
Σφυρίδα
Σκορπίνες
Σκορπίνες

Scorpina. This rockfish makes a delicious soup.

Χταπόδια
Χταπόδια
Μόσχοι
Μόσχοι
Γαλ�ος
Γαλέος

Galeos. This is a relative of the shark.

Μπακαλιάροι
Μπακαλιάροι

Bakaliaros. In Greek the name of this fish is “cod”. And it is caught in the Aegean.

Μπακαλιάρος
Μπακαλιάρος

Bakaliaros – detail

Μπαρμπούνια
Μπαρμπούνια

Barbouni. The all time classics, – red mullets - they are fried, as they are very small for the grill.

Λούτσοι Ικαρίας
Λούτσοι Ικαρίας

Loutsos. A very tasty white fish.

Athens Fish Market - The Hall
Athens Fish Market – The Hall

This is a picture from a previous visit, but I like it and the hall hasn’t changed since it was taken.

Visit to “La Brecha” Fishmarket, Donostia, San Sebastian

Πέμπτη, 28 Αυγούστου, 2008

 
This is a report on a short and late visit to the fishmarket of “La Brecha” in Donostia, San Sebastian. I went there around 1130 hrs by which time most of the seaffod selling stalls were closed! 
The market is large and houses also meats, game and vegetables.
 
Congrio

Congrio

Besugo - Sea Bream
Besugo – Sea Bream

One of the signs of freshness in the squid is the light grey - brown colour of its skin. When it starts turning rosy the freshness is gone.

The squid is not only fresh, but according to the seller it has been caught on hook, not on the nets. As a reult, it costs 50% more than the “ordinary” catch.
Chipiron (detail)

Chipiron (detail)

Cigala (detail)

Cigala (detail)

Carrillera Rape - Monkfish's Cheeks

Carrillera Rape - Monkfish

 One of my favourite dishes in the Basque country, and wherever else I can find them: hake and cod cheeks. The famous “kokotxas!”. Here we also have monkfish cheeks.
Unbelievable instensity of subtle flavour, as long as you know how to cook them! They are so delicate that I always prefer to cook them in very low fire, in order to preserve the flavours and the texture.
Kokotxa Bacalao - Cod's Cheeks

Kokotxa Bacalao - Cod

 
Percebe (detail)

Percebe (detail)

 This is one of the many Spanish mysteries I have not resolved yet.
I have read the stories about extracting them from the rocks, seen the videos, but have not tasted them yet.
Sapito Negro

Sapito Negro

 I am not sure about the translation of this one, is it “catfish”. Whatever it is, it is sold with is liver sticking out. Which means that there must be a dish with it in the Basque country.
I need to do some investigation on this one!
 
Merluza - Hake

Merluza - Hake

 Another of my favourites, the aetherial “merluza”.
Navajas - Razor Clams (detail)

Navajas - Razor Clams (detail)Not ot mention the razor clams.Seller

 

Lubina - Sea bass

Lubina - Sea bass

Rockfish

Rockfish

A visit to Venice’s Fish Market – Part 2

Σάββατο, 23 Αυγούστου, 2008

This is the second part of the article on the Venetian Fish Market.
I start this with a Jackson Pollock painting, Lavender Mist. For some reason I have associated it with the cuttlefish photo that follows.
Lavender Mist (NGA Washington DC, USA)
Pollock: Lavender Mist (NGA Washington DC, USA)
Cuttlefish
Cuttlefish

 I have never tasted this soft crab, but it looked so delicious that I was ready to buy it, eventhough I had no place to go and cook it. I tried to find it in the restaurants or trattorias without success.

Soft Crab
Soft Crab
Granseole - Spider Crab
Granseole – Spider Crab

 

 
 
 
Canestrelli Sgusciati

Canestrelli Sgusciati

 
Canestrelli are pilgrim scallops that are delicious! The work literally means “little baskets”.
 
Pescatrice Cheeks
Pescatrice Cheeks
I cannot resist to publish a photo of pescatrice cheeks that are a real delicacy, even though the photo is not that good.
 
Moscardino
Moscardino

 I would not like to attempt to trranslate “moscardino” into english, lets just say it is a small octopus like polipus.

Variety of Fish
Variety of Fish

The buyers in Venice know their stuff and they cannot be fooled. This in my view is one of the basic reasons that the quality of the products on offer is so high.

Buyer in Venice's Fish Market
Buyer in Venice’s Fish Market
A Stall in Venice's Fish Market
A Stall in Venice’s Fish Market

The building that houses the market has beautiful arches that are fully “clothed” and create a more fresh atmosphere inside.

 

Seller in Venice's Fish Market

 

 I cought this sellet at a moment of rest, while she was munching some fruit.

A visit to Venice’s Fish Market

Κυριακή, 17 Αυγούστου, 2008

Capesante - Scallops

Capesante - Scallops

It was a hot day in August when I decided to visit the fish market in Venice, to start the day the right way: with the flavours of the sea and the voices of the buyers and sellers in this beautiful city. One of the best things in a market in the Mediterranean is that people make a show of it. It is true street theater. And every day it is played with variations. 

Palombo - (Dog-fish)
Palombo – (Dog-fish)

And being in Venice, names have artistic meaning. Like our Bronzino, who painted the beautiful Allegory with Venus and Cupid (National Gallery, London) and is not only a tasty fish!

 

Bronzino
Bronzino
Allegory with Venus and Cupid
Bronzino:Allegory with Venus and Cupid

  

Polipo - Octopus

Polipo - Octopus

I absolutely love octopus! And always check its price. Here we have the freshest octopus for a price that is almost half of I would have paid in my home town, Athens, for an almost definitely an inferior product.  

Folpetti - Baby Octopi

Folpetti

 The little octopi are unbelievably tasty! And they need no cleaning aprt from removing the sacket with the ink! They must be boiled intact and served with olive oil, coarse sea salt and a bit of lemon. This is a ticket to heaven.

Gambero - Shrimp

Gambero - Prawn

 I lke fresh prawn and shrimp raw, without any cooking! And the best test before you buy them is have one for test.

Scampi

Scampi

 

Alici - Anchovies

Alici - Anchovies

Orata - Sea Bream

Orata - Sea Bream

 

Spada - Swordfish

Spada - Swordfish

 

Rana Pescatrice - Angler Fish

Rana Pescatrice - Angler Fish

 

 Rombo Chiodato - Turbot
Rombo Chiodato – Turbot
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