Solo [The Tidepool Bar]Of Life and Blades V

Moritz continues his work at the tidepool...

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[The Tidepool Bar]Of Life and Blades V

Postby Moritz Craven on February 28th, 2022, 5:48 pm

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Working at the Tidepool, Moritz felt that his repertoire of cooking was slowly expanding. And while he still had many things to learn, he was ever so slowly expanding and growing more comfortable with what he was doing. More so he felt he was finally ready to try a few things on his own, at least with some advice from Stu.

And so today he was going to try his hand at making a dish that would be served to customers. Admittedly it was a recipe Stu had given him... And he would be watching the entire time... And would check the food to make sure it was good enough before any went to a customer... But still, an entire dish start to finish was still something.

Patting him on the shoulder Stu smiled at Moritz, nodding his head. "Alright Moritz, you have the directions. The ingredients. You have seen me make it. Now you try. Fish stew, a simple enough dish. I've made the bread already, and the sides, you will just make the main dish. I trust you! And don't forget if you need help just ask."

With a nod Moritz nodded, heading over to a work table and grabbing what he would need. A cutting board. A bowl. A knife. Water. A bucket for blood and innards and things. Some rags. And then he ran through the process in his mind, remembering the prior attempts he had made in part of this process... And remembered to grab a second cutting board to use for the non fish items in the dish.

Grabbing up a fish from a small pile that had come in earlier today Moritz eyed it, before holding it up by the tail. Then using the back of the knife he began descaling it, rubbing it down harshly from tail to head and flaking the scales off. This took several chimes, but soon enough he was done and the fish was descaled, coming off in chunks and individual pieces and finally all coming off. With that he put some water into the bowl and rinsed off the fish, dunking and cleaning it as he did in between most steps of the process.

With that done Moritz dumped out the dirty water, took up the fish and knife, and prepared to gut the fish. Inserting the blade near the tail he found the right point, and then slid it in. Sliding it across then he opened a cut across its guts, sliding from tail to head until their was an incision across the entire bottom. With that he set the knife aside and began pulling material out, a handful at a time, while standing over the gore bucket he would dump said innards into.

This took a bit longer than expected, with a surprising amount of insides on the fish. Finally though he was done, and nothing more came out. With that he pulled again and removed the gills, taking them out in a few final chunks. And then, more water.

Grabbing up a container of clean water Moritz poured the water inside the fish, rinsing it out and pouring the bloody mix out into the gore bucket. He did this again creating less red water, and again over and over until the water ran clean.

With that Moritz sighed and cleaned up, washing and cleaning his hands before continuing to the next stage of his work.

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[The Tidepool Bar]Of Life and Blades V

Postby Moritz Craven on March 1st, 2022, 3:53 pm

Done with a good bit of the work, Moritz continued onward. With the insides out and the scales off next was the fins of the fish. Moritz cut these off one at a time on the board for fish, working at the point where the fin met the fishes main body. These were quick enough, but then he had to remove the head. Inserting the blade near the gills he cut a notch as he had seen Stu due before, first on one side, then on the other, and then with a final cut removed the entire head with one clean slice.

With that all done he rinsed and cleaned the fish again, before putting it back on the board and preparing to work the fillets. But before that he recalled something else Stu had told him, to check the skin. On some fish the skin could be left on, and worked well to assist the flavor... But on others it was dangerous or tough to eat and so should be removed. Gently stroking his fingers across the skin Moritz felt the descaled flesh of the fishes outer body, but did not notice anything dangerous.

Moving again a bit harder he felt across the fish, but its skin felt soft enough to the touch that it did not seem to be an issue, and so he believed it could be left on. Taking up the knife he then began his work again, slicing an incision neatly down the backbone of the fish, laying the bone open to the air for him to see. If possible it was best to avoid cutting through that, and so knowing where it was let him cut around it.

Moving the blade around again he moved to make a small incision, before then sliding the blade across from tail to head area, or where the head would have been. As last time he tried to slice the fillets off cleanly, and if nothing else felt he did a better job than the time prior. His first fillet only ended up in two pieces, and after feeling through the pieces and removing any bones he set the cut pieces on a clean board. He then continued this again, moving down a bit and making an incision, and then in one stroke cutting off the fillet of good edible fish meat. This one went a bit neater, and he almost got it all off in one piece. Then it was simple to feel with his fingers on the cuts for any bones, removing them, and setting aside this fillet with the other.

He kept at this working his way around the fish, one side then the other, until as much of the usable fish was cut off and sitting in long de-boned length of fillet.

Tossing aside he remainder of the fish carcass for Stu to look over in case he wanted anything or saw something Moritz missed the Kelvic turned to preparing the fillets. Since he was making stew small bite sized chunks would make sense, and so those fillets would need to be sliced up well into small pieces to be added to the pot.

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