When we went grocery shopping last night, I picked up a fish fillet to be made into some Indonesian fish cake called Pempek. The fillet came from some white meat fish called the orange roughy. I’d never heard of the fish before but I thought as long the meat was white, I should be able to handle it (I don’t like to eat red meat fish).
The Pempek I had today for lunch turns out to be the best Pempek I’ve ever made. I’ve tried to make it about half a dozen times before, but usually met with failure. To celebrate my success, I decided to do a little research on the orange roughy.
Orange roughy — also goes by the exotic name of slimehead — turns out to be an ugly, deep-sea creature. It can live up to 149 years but only grows to about 61cm (2 feet) in length. That means the fish I was eating could be older than me! How cool is that? Well, maybe not so cool to you, but it’s pretty cool to me since I don’t get to eat meat coming from an animal that’s older than me every day that even the prospect of it kind of excites me.
If the facts about the orange roughy don’t really impress you, this Japanese video that shows you how to peel cooked potato skin in one shot should (link stolen from SMooSH). I still have yet to try the trick out.