Trout Farming In Lesotho An Export Success

Trout farming in Lesotho an export success

The fish farm has given local people jobs and opportunities to study, says Vincent Sitsane

 

Roderick Macleod

IF you were thinking of an ideal location on which to base a commercial fish farm, you wouldn’t necessarily think of the mountainous land-locked African nation of Lesotho(Lesotho Times; 2014) .

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Salmon with Potato “Scales”

Salmon With Potato “Scales”

 

photo by Lara Ferroni (Epicurious; 2014)

photo by Lara Ferroni (Epicurious; 2014)

 
Makes 8 servings

Active time
1 hour

Total time
2 hours (includes chilling time)

When the opportunity arises—as it did with this salmon—we can’t resist a little trompe l’oeil, a chance to have some harmless fun with our food, because, well, food is fun. And with Hanukkah being a particularly kid-friendly holiday, we know children and adults alike will get a big kick out of the edible potato “scales” that top these individual slabs of salmon. Your budding young chefs will love arranging the scales on the fish.Editor’s Note: This recipe is part of Gourmet’s Modern Menu for A Hanukkah Feast. Menu also includes Swiss Chard with Horseradish and Apple Fritters with Orange Glaze .
 

Ingredients

  • 2 (2 pound) pieces center-cut salmon fillet
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 large russet (baking) potatoes (about 1 1/2 pounds total)
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Lemon slices for serving
  • Special equipment: An adjustable-blade slicer; a 1- to 1 1/2-inch round cookie cutter; two slotted spatulas (see Cooks’ notes)

Preparation

Trim 1 to 2 inches off thinner (belly) side of salmon fillets so that remaining fillets have a more even thickness. Reserve the belly strips for another use. You will now have 2 more square-shaped pieces of salmon fillet. Cut each fillet into 4 roughly equal-size pieces for a total of 8 pieces.

Arrange fish, skin side down, on a baking sheet (or 2 dinner plates). Season with 1 teaspoon each salt and pepper.

Scrub potatoes well. Cut several 1/16-inch-thick slices lengthwise from wider side of 1 potato with slicer (discard outer piece or pieces that are all peel). Stack slices of potato and cut out as many rounds as possible with cookie cutter.

Dip potato rounds, one at a time, in butter and lay slices on top of one piece of fish in an overlapping pattern (to resemble fish scales), covering surface completely. Continue cutting and stacking a few potato slices at a time and cutting and applying potato “scales” to fish in batches, until tops of all pieces of fish are coated. Lightly brush any remaining butter over scales, and chill until butter is firm, about 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 400°F with rack in middle. Line a large rimmed sheet pan with foil.

Heat oil in a 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium heat until it shimmers (dip a corner of a fish fillet into skillet to test; it should sizzle). Add 2 to 3 pieces of fish, potato sides down, to skillet. Cook until potatoes are golden brown and crisp, 2 to 4 minutes. Carefully turn fish over using 2 spatulas and cook until skin is golden and crisp, about 2 minutes. Carefully transfer fillets (again using 2 spatulas), skin sides down, to sheet pan. Brown remaining fillets.

Roast fish in oven until just cooked through, 4 to 8 minutes (depending on thickness; a possible visual clue—the better quality the salmon, the less likely you’ll see it—is when the white albumin in the fish exudes from the fish and begins to set).

Epicurious (2014) Salmon with potato ‘Scales’.http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Salmon-with-Potato-Scales-51142400[Accessed: 29 October 2014]

The Final Countdown

The Last Of The Hard Work Before We Launch

 Our team working on the lodge construction have been truly dedicated and we cannot thank them enough for the effort put in.

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Lesotho Telecommunications Set To Boom

Vodacom Launches LTE Connectivity In Lesotho

 

Vodacom has launched the Long Term Evolution (LTE) service in Lesotho. According to Vodacom, the service will bring high-speed mobile internet to the people of the Mountain Kingdom as well as address the relative scarcity of fixed line connections in the country.

According to Vodacom, the service will bring high-speed mobile internet to the people of the Mountain Kingdom as well as address the relative scarcity of fixed line connections in the country (IT News Africa; 2014).

According to Vodacom, the service will bring high-speed mobile internet to the people of the Mountain Kingdom as well as address the relative scarcity of fixed line connections in the country (IT News Africa; 2014).

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Lesotho Ultra Trail Ready To Go!

It’s a full house for LUT2014

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The 2014 Lesotho Ultra Trail will see a full field of 180 runners toe the start line on Saturday 29th November as runners from all over the world sign up for the second edition of “Africa’s first Ultra SkyMarathon®”.

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Lesotho Sky Mountain Biking: Entries are open for 2015

COVETED LESOTHO SKY 2015 ENTRIES ARE OPEN

There has been much talk about the rather ominous yet extremely well reviewed Lesotho Sky recently. After its 4th successful event just a few weeks ago, entries to the event will open on 07 October 2014.

Event director Darol Howes says:

We are excited about opening entries again, it is exciting to see who comes back and which new names take up the challenge of coming and riding 6 awesome days in the Adventure Kingdom.

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School Meals In Lesotho Get Good Review From Visiting Dignitary

School Meals In Lesotho Get Good Review From Visiting Dignitary

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A top official from South Africa sees for himself the impact of his country’s donation on hunger relief in Lesotho and, in particular, the big difference it has been making for school children.

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On The Horizon

Maliba Main Lodge Going Well!

 

With the roof completed the focus turned to completing the building and the finishing touches.

 

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New light for the Bearded Vulture

New Bearded Vulture hide opened at Giants Castle in attempt to limit risk to this critically endangered species

 

The critically endangered Bearded Vulture.

The critically endangered Bearded Vulture.

The urgent need to mitigate the risk of extinction of the highly threatened Bearded Vulture species in South Africa, has led to various initiatives by conservationists to safe-guard existing vulture populations. These attempts include the construction and management of Bearded Vulture hides to create safe feeding areas, provide greater public awareness of the threats they face; and to conduct essential research into the species.

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Recipe of the month: Dehydrated salami with avocado and goats cheese salad

Dehydrated salami with avocado and goats cheese salad

Dehydrated Salami with Avocado and Goats Cheese Sala

 

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