Dim Sum Guide: Steamed Fish Balls

 Posted by on May 6, 2012 at 6:51 am  Food & Cooking  No Responses »
May 062012
 
Steamed fish balls with bean curd skins

Steamed fish balls with bean curd skins

If you are a fish fanatic, then steamed fish balls may be right up your alley (or creek). These balls are made of chopped up fish meat with added scallions, garlic, and other ingredients. They are steamed over a bed of bean curd skins. I have found fish balls to vary widely in taste and quality so you’ll need to be careful ordering it. Most of the time, I find them a little bland and in need of spicing up with chili paste. Steamed fish balls may be an acquired taste for people who did not grow up eating lots of fish.

 

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Peamouth Minnow Spawning in Kelsey Creek

 Posted by on April 30, 2012 at 10:45 pm  Outdoors  No Responses »
Apr 302012
 
Peamouth minnows spawning in Kelsey Creek

Peamouth minnows spawning in Kelsey Creek

As a volunteer for the “Stream Team” in Bellevue WA, I help monitor the annual peamouth minnow migration from Lake Washington to Kelsey Creek. They returned to Kelsey Creek today for their annual spawning ritual.

There are thousands of them stacked up in a creek about 10 feet across. There are so many that some of them spill over onto the rocks lining the banks. It is an amazing sight. They only hang around for 24-48 hours before returning to Lake Washington.

Peamouths are about a foot long and live an average of eight years. When they spawn, the stream is filled with many thousands of sticky little eggs that takes about a week to hatch.

 

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