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Abalone Soup Confucius Style !!!!
« on: April 14, 2010, 03:37:51 PM »
Confucius said eat your Abalone!!!

So you've tried all the campground recipies, you've won the grand prize at the annual Mendocino Abalone Fest held in October each year, been there and done it all when it comes to cooking abalone.  The next thing to do is look across the pacific pond to the recipies of antiquity... This recipe dates  back to the BC 500's,  With some minimal effort, you too, with this recipie, can attain the same level as the Master Kong.  Of course Confucius never even ate a abalone nor let alone saw one in his entire life!!  Yet he can be found raving about the culinary and medical properties in his writtings.  In Mandarin its called "Bao Yu" meaning "coverd fish" a simple reference to its shell but pay attention, and you may hear other abalone hunters in the water shouting out "bao yu"  when one is procured.  Due to its resemblance closer to human female anatomy, the abalone in Traditional Chinese Medicine is know to be better medicinally for the female to consume. Here is another tip from Confucius, that black stuff on the out side of the epipodium, dont just rub it off, leave it on.  Think about all the enzymes and evolution that went into this thin layer of protective goo.  Same goes for the often tan "foot" which in many "youtube" videos is taken off during the abalone prep and cleaning process .  Just pound it a little more, be gental and it will "release" and be just as tender.  Confucious says never waste such a rare treasure,  if you cant eat it all, use the "dog lips" to bait up your poke pole and enrich your hunt for Monkey Face, or Sea Wolf Eel with this prime secret bait that works everytime!

Now to the abalone recipie from Confucius.  He praised many things and in the recipie there are items from as far away as Tibet.  First you prep and clean the abalone, dont scrub off the black stuff, its "essence" is vital for the dish and to restore balance to your body.  Tenderize abalone whole and cut into walnut size cubes.  Go out and get a white porcelain ceramic soup pot from your local chinese market.  It should be taller than wider and get a big 1/2 gallon size.  It should have two tops, one covering the top openeing, and then another top to cover the first top to prevent any water comming out.  Put the abalone cubes into the vessle filling 1/3 of the way, add water till its 3/4 full.  Note that the  cooked abalone "essence" is yin in nature, mild, and will be lost if yang flavors are allowed to take over.  To complement its nature, Confucius masterfully paired abalone flavor with the Gogi berry from Tibet.  This  Himalayan berry is found most often in its dried form. It is a sweet red berry the size of small raisins is found in every chinese store and traditional chinese medical supply shop.  It can now be found in candy bars and health food stores and is becoming the hip thing these days.  Use a 2 table spoons worth and put them with the abalone and water. Next is another famous chinese medical herb, actually its a fungi called "yun Zhi", known to amature and novice mushroom hunters alike as "turkey tail"  Trametes versicolor is very common growing on dead logs all over the world and of course here in Nor Cal it is one of the most common medicinal fungi we have.  It has proven anti-cancer properties and complex water soluable polysacarides that help our immune system ect.   Get some anyway you can, fresh is better but dried can be found in local markets,take a few dried pieces and add them to our pot.  Next is to take a table spoon of barley, plain and simple, and add it to the pot.  The last mild ingrediant is the the hardest for westerners to find and procure, but it is in every asian market so just ask and they can show you where it is.  Its called "Yu zhu" or Polygonatum odoratum Druce, its the root of a lily, often called "Fragrant Solomonseal Rhizome".  Sound interesting, huh?  It smells good, nourishes the Yin and has multiple medical benefits.  Its mild fragrance is key to the harmonization of this dish.  Add a hand full and dont forget to add teaspoon of salt or more and pepper to taste (sichuan mountian pepper best is you have some).  Place the two tops into position and set the whole pot on a rack into another bigger pot to double boil.  The soup should be on a rack and bring the water up to the porcelain till its bottom 1/3 is covered.  Bring big pot to boil and turn down to simmer, so in review you have the outside pot producing steam to cook the 3/4 full abalone soup almost like a double boiler. This way the abalone cooking is gentle,  steam this way for 2 hours, When done carfully remove the porcelain pot from the pot with lightly boiling water, remove the two tops and ready dishes and spoons.  Fish out the barley, gogi berries and abalone and broth, dont eat the solomonseal root or turky tail mushroom.  The abalone should be silky smooth and give way to the pressure of your tounge against your pallet, the berries are plump and sweet, the barley will have picked up the "essence" too, just think, not added fat, its not only good but a medicnal recipie that is enriching for your body and helping maintain the proper energy flow of your body.  That "black stuff" on the abalone foot most rub off will have melted away into the broth, leaving the abalone white and pure, imparting its flavor along the way.   Once you have the ingredients, its really easy to do, especially if you have a camp fire, you can let it steam and percolate for a few hours and not have to pay attention too much.  Abalone soup, Confucious style, a noble way to serve up the most cherished snail in the world.
Todd Stagnaro

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Re: Abalone Soup Confucius Style !!!!
« Reply #1 on: April 14, 2010, 06:37:40 PM »
you have some interesting recipes! I like the thought that goes in to publishing them. :icon_salut: This is yet another idea that sounds yummy. I have heard that the black stuff on the outside of the ab has a lot of iodine in it and it can make some people sick if they are alergic. I trim a lot off and save it for fish bait. If you can eat it and make it tender why not eat it? I would like to try this. What do you have for ab guts?

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Re: Abalone Soup Confucius Style !!!!
« Reply #2 on: April 14, 2010, 07:39:04 PM »
ab guts?
I am giving away many secrets here, but with friends there are no secrets, life is too short...... the guts are good for many things. I take my ab guts, the same day I clean my abalone and hit up Pacifica pier, open at night with lights* and very early in the morning, its ledgend preceeds it, stories of salmon being caught in the 90's is unbelievable, a hot spot for fish pole crab snares, but the abalone guts is the secret for crabbing with your deadliest catch style crab pot.  You need one fatty heavy crab pot, not those flimsy triangle things,somthing that wont move in the waves,  100 feet of rope, bait it up with ab guts and let it marinate in the pacific tea for a couple hours, longer the better You will also attract the biggest red rock crab for they recognize the smell of abalone too.  Since you can fish with two lines on the pier without a license, set up a halibut rig and put some "dog lip" on the leader, toss it with 6oz weight and give it a toss,  many things roam the bottom sandy sea, you might get a Dab, Sole , Pacific halibut,or Flounder. Ive seen kids with good karma pull up sharks and rays all the time.... but you know what,  its like this, I can tell you where the mushrooms are, but you may not find them.  Matt Mattison can take you to his 10" spots, but you wont find any. It has to do with karma, and Buddhist karma is different than most think.  Indian, Chinese, Tibetan, Veitnamese  buddhsit dogma say that karma is not instant, if you do something bad in this life, "plant some bad karmic seeds", they will not "sprout" until the next life.  So say you pulled an undersize abalone and mortaly wounded it in the process the other day diving with friends, very very bad karma. Eternal sham on you!   You wont suffer reprocusions from that "negative seed" in this lifetime, but in the next!!  All bad seeds sprout next lifetime, tally them all up and you better have more good seeds planted than bad, or you will get a negative rebirth, maybe lower- in the animal or hungry ghost realm.  This is why so many people can get away with murder in this life and not suffer anything "bad" in the here and now...If somthing bad happens in this life, its because of somthing "bad/negative seed" from your past life... this is all explained in the parable of the Buddha and his stepping on a thorn and saying "ouch"......interesting huh, so Matt Mattison finding all these 10" Red Abalone, in this life, he must have done many, many incalcuable good things, many many times, in his past lives, to have the good karma he has in this life finding all the "relics" he so often does, only picking 10"ers also is virtuous example of compassion in pratice, so we can look up to him as a bodhisattva abalone hunter. He lets all the abalone achive their 10" Buddha nature without  the fate of suffering being pulled immature of 10" nirvana...  We should all strive to practice this form of compassion, in this life or the next.
Todd Stagnaro

 

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