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with Captain Chaos
Poached snapper in ginger and soy
2 plate size snapper
1 tablespoon each of crushed ginger and crushed garlic
5 shallots chopped
2 cups of Chinese cooking wine
1⁄2 cup soy sauce
1⁄4 cup black vinegar
1 litre chicken stock
2 teaspoon rice flour
1 tablespoon of palm sugar
Into a large wok, place the wine, ginger, garlic, onion, soy sauce and
chicken stock. Bring to boil. Reduce heat, simmer for six minutes.
Add fish to wok make sure they are completely covered, bring to the
boil then turn off heat, leave in wok for around 15 minutes or until
Reser ve 1⁄2 cup poaching liquid. Whisk remaining soy sauce, vinegar,
sugar, and rice flour in a small saucepan. Slowly bring to the boil.
Boil for 1 minute. Pour over fish and serve with extra ginger, shallots
and sliced red chilli.
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All my life I’ve had a love affair with the sea and its
surroundings. I have swum, dived, rowed and sailed. I ’ve
even voyaged on some of the early liners between England
and Australia. I have been ducked, thrown, fallen ... and tied to
the bottom of an 18-footer as a young bailing boy (they did this
so the sharks wouldn’t get me – on reflection I think I was used
as bait so the rest of the crew weren’t eaten! It was always a dash
to sit on the mainsail).
If there wasn’t anything else happening, my cousin Tony and
I would go rock fishing. It was early morning when we pulled up
on Carrington Parade, Curl Curl on the top of the cliffs.
“It looks alright. The swell’s high but not a worry. What do
you think Chaos? ”
“Fine by me. We can fish off that flat area into the gully.”
We clambered down and set up for fishing. It was a good spot
as we started to pull in a mixed bag, The waves were picking up,
crashing below the ledge we were on ... the only problem was
we were getting drenched from the spray. I had stripped down
to shorts and sand shoes with metal cleats.
“I might give this away. We’ve a couple of good fish. Wadya
reckon mate? ”
“A few more casts, then we’ll go.”
I started to pack up when I suddenly heard a voice yelling.
“ What in the hell is that? ” I said to Tony while searching the
“Look! There’s a bloke running towards us.” I saw someone
racing in our direction waving his hands in the air and screaming
something in a language that wasn’t English.
“ Something’s wrong.” Tony was always good at stating the
The guy came up to me and grabbed my arm. He tried to
drag me back to where he’d come from.
“Hey! What’s wrong? Calm down and try to tell us what’s
happening.” I knew it was pointless asking him to calm down ...
nobody being told to calm down ever did.
RESCUED FROM THE ROCKS
“Best we go with him,” Tony said.
He took off like a rabbit being chased by a fox. We started to
scramble after him. I could see he was heading down to the rocks
that were roiling with white water. When I caught up with him, he
was standing pointing out into the breaking waves.
Even with my metal cleats it was hard to stand up against
the white water. He suddenly lost his balance and was lucky
Tony grabbed him before he got swept off the rocks. It was then
I spotted a person out in the waves trying to get back in.
“ Tony, I have to dive in and get that person away from the rocks
otherwise he’ll get smashed to pieces trying to get back in here.”
“Go Chaos! When you get him, swim around to Curl Curl
Beach. It’s the best place to get ashore.”
I didn’t have far to go to get out through the wash. As soon
as I hit the water I was swept out to where the bloke was. He
tried to pull away from me. I grabbed his clothes, turned him
onto his back and towed him away from the rocks. He finally
understood and tried to help. I was worried about the big surf
that was hitting the beach. I was towing him backwards so I
wasn’t looking where I was going.
Suddenly, bump! I had backed into something and a voice
shouted, “Hey do you need a hand? ”
I looked around it was a bloke on a surfboard.
“ Yes mate! Could you give this chap a lift into the beach. He
can’t swim very well.”
“He’s lucky you were around, he’d be shark bait by now.”
The board rider got the guy on to the board with difficulty
and I watched while they headed for the beach. I caught the next
wave in to be met by Tony.
“Bloody hell, Chaos! That was a stupid stunt. You could have
got yourself killed.”
“Fortunately I didn’t. Let’s get outta here. I feel like a hot
shower, then eating that snapper we caught ... and an OP.”
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