Although the holidays are done and dusted, it doesn’t mean you should stop partying – does it? I’m pretty sure that we could all come up with a plethora of different excuses to keep eating great food, socializing and possibly drinking a glass of wine (or 3). So isn’t it time to host your next gathering? And while you’re at it, why not impress your guests, but also be good to the planet too? It’s a win-win, Captain Planet.
Seafood is our last major food group that is truly wild, so The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) is trying to keep it that way, with help from MSC Ambassador Chef Charlotte Langley. Overfishing is the single biggest threat that our oceans face today. Unsustainable fishing is harming fish populations, habitats, fishing communities and their livelihoods. This is not cute, folks. Especially since seafood is the world’s most traded food commodity – at 10 times the volume of coffee. Helloooo.
MSC is a global non-profit organization created to address and reverse the problem of unsustainable fishing. They give customers a clear symbol for certified, ocean-friendly choices and industry recognition and reward for the sustainable management of their wild fisheries. The MSC is a certification and eco-labelling program that acts as a change agent for the fishing industry and a trust mark for customers. This is so important – as seeing that symbol means that there has been thought put into where your food comes from and it’s impact on the environment. And frankly, this should be quite important to you for your health and for the health of future generations.
It’s time to Give a F*SH about where your seafood comes from by using MSC-certified sustainable seafood. That’s why, the next time you’re out shopping for groceries, you should be looking for their symbol. That way, you can guarantee that you’re making a difference and you’re paying more attention to where your food comes from and how it’s obtained.
But listen, I’m not just here to preach to you about making great food choices – I want to help you to actually do it. That’s why, I’m giving you one of my fool-proof, easy and delicious recipes incorporating some sustainable seafood. So, next time you’re hosting a party or having some people over, why not try these tasty fish cakes? You can make them full sized or bite-sized. You can even swap in gluten-free flour – I’ve done it many times and they’re fantastic. Hands-down one of my go-to recipes for entertaining, while doing my part for the environment (and my taste buds).
- 1 tin Ocean's Pole & Line Flaked Light Tuna in water (170g)
- 3/4 cup breadcrumbs of choice
- 1 zucchini, grated
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1/4 onion, minced
- 1 organic egg
- pinch chili flakes
- sea salt and pepper, to taste
- 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- In a large bowl, add all ingredients and stir until mixed.
- Add more breadcrumbs, if needed.
- Form into fish cake sized patties and set aside.
- In a pan on medium heat, add olive oil.
- Once pan is hot, cook patties for approximately 10 mins per side or until golden brown.
- Add more oil as needed.
- Best served with hummus and avocado on a bed of fresh spinach.
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Catherine Sugrue, CNP
Photos by MSC & Catherine Sugrue