How to eat a piranha, the killer fish of the amazon _ munchies

It’s not the flesh-tearing teeth of a piranha that freak me out. Homeade chicken fingers It’s the way they leap a foot in the air, like fleshy wet bullets, as they die.

My friend Morwenna has been obsessed with piranhas ever since she discovered that an attack by just four of the little swimmers could equal certain death. How long to cook chicken fingers in oven So obsessed, in fact, that she got the famous tattooist Dr. Who invented chicken fingers Woo to ink a fine drawing of one across her left ribs— an act that got her branded a “slut” by one Guardian commenter (“piranha” is apparently a Brazilian invective used against promiscuous women) and called “fucked up” to her face after she admitted, in print, to eating one.

Now, at this point I should probably admit something: The only time I’ve ever actually successfully caught anything other than an illness was off the coast of New Zealand. Golden chicken fingers I reeled in a shellfish so pink, armoured, and spiderlike that the moment it started scuttling around the boat I leapt clean out of my seat into the sea, and swam like buggery to shore.


Chicken fingers recipe buttermilk I was terrified. Chicken fingers recipe indian style So it was with more than a little alarm that I watched these two little silver flaps of bone and muscle start hurling themselves about their tubs like fireworks.

Luckily, Morales was unfazed. Chicken fingers recipe by shireen anwer “The reason it’s not been eaten here is because we would rather cook with local, sustainable fish,” he explains, gently piercing the fish behind the eye with a knife. Chicken fingers dip recipe “To bring piranha here is super-costly and creates a difficult carbon footprint. Chicken fingers recipe filipino style But we like being adventurous.” Morales will not tell me how he sourced these piranha. Chicken strips recipe uk I ask, at least four times, only to be met each time with polite, rock-like silence. Chicken strips marinade recipe (He does suggest, however, that people interested in buying their own piranha can ask their fishmonger or look online for a retailer that guarantees a sustainable supply.) I do know that it cost hundreds of pounds to do so, making this probably the most expensive plate of fish and chips I’ll ever eat.

The fish are tiny. Chicken tenders recipe nz There’s very little flesh on them, so we can’t prepare them in a traditional ceviche. 4 fingers chicken wings recipe Instead, Morales opts for an escabeche—dusted in a little flour and salt, fried, and served with a sauce of red onion, peppers, and tomatoes, with a delicious avocado, quinoa, palm heart, and starfruit salad on the side.

But, before we can get to that, we have to de-scale and gut the fish. Baked chicken strips calories The fins are trimmed and Martin scratches the sharp side of the knife across the skin like an archaeologist dusting off a precious artefact. Juicy baked chicken tenders As I rummage around the inside of my piranha, pulling out guts and organs and various other smeary chunks of anatomy, I manage to scratch my finger on one of its teeth. Baked chicken tenders panko buttermilk And so, in my fight with a piranha, it is the dead fish that draws first blood.

Once the fish has been fried in hot vegetable oil, Martin lays it out on a small wooden board covered in corn leaves, with the tomato sauce, olives, a soft-boiled egg, and a couple of plantain chips. Baked chicken tenders temperature Suddenly, these two little toothy killers look very approachable. Baked chicken tenders time Their threatening underbite may be roaring open like something from a movie poster, but they’re barely the size of my palm.

And what do they taste like? Well, once I’ve scraped enough flesh off the bones to actually get a morsel, the closest thing I can probably say is lemon sole. Homemade chicken fingers with flour Which is, as any Flemming fan will know, one of James Bond’s favourite dishes. Homemade chicken fingers with panko It’s rather apt, I suppose, that this potentially deadly, villainous fish, known for its jaws, would come out tasting like the lunch of a trained secret service killer. Homemade chicken tenders batter But it’s maybe not all that exotic.