Trading services is fun. I like being able to trade things in return for something else. A few months ago I made a nursing necklace for one of Tom’s co-workers and she paid us back in fresh grouper. This makes me want to trade more services for products. I will soon be volunteering with our CSA for free produce and I’m really excited about it.
We had so much grouper! I can’t believe I didn’t take a picture of the two gigantic grouper filets. Man, they were huge! I always think of photo ops after the fact.
We ended up eating grouper all week. This would have been a terrible thing if it had been previously frozen grouper, but this was the good stuff straight from the Gulf of Mexico. Here are a two of the ways we used my little payment.
Grouper sandwiches were the first thing on the menu. Tom and I love ourselves some grouper sandwiches so I knew this was going to be the first thing we had to eat.
I didn’t even season the fish because I knew it was going to be so fresh and delicious on its own. I fried it up in tempura breading (I bought the tempura mix as Whole Foods) for 3 minutes on each side and served it on brioche with a Cajun mayo made from mayonnaise and cayenne pepper. Roasted potato wedges on the side completed the dish. I still can’t get over how fresh this tasted. I could eat fresh fish every night. I wish I had the gift of words so I could describe the difference between frozen and fresh fish. I seriously can’t even begin to describe how good this fish tasted.
The next night we made grouper nuggets coated in tortilla chip crumbs and shredded coconut. I used a ratio of 3:1 tortilla chips to shredded coconut and fried them up in vegetable oil until they were golden brown.
I was pretty lazy that night and didn’t even serve a veggie. We dipped the grouper nuggets into homemade cocktail sauce made with 3 parts ketchup and 1 part horseradish.
We did fish tacos a couple nights too, but I seem to have misplaced those photos. I’ll probably find them one day and add them to this post.
Have you ever traded services? How did it work out for you?