Monday, September 6, 2010

Vegetarian Shark Fin Soup & comedy facts about sharks

Hi everyone I was just looking at this blog called Red Cook and it is cool! You should look at it too. It's so cool because it talks about banning shark finning! Isn't that AMAZING!?? There is also a recipe for Shark fin soup made out of VEGETABLES instead of shark fins!! I think that's great because I like sharks and because it doesn't use shark fins!!

This is the recipe from the Red Cook blog:

Vegetarian Shark Fin Soup
Preparation time: 45 minutes
Slow cooking time: 30 minutes

7 oz. konnyaku (Japanese yam cake, preferably with seaweed powder)
4 oz. bamboo shoots
2 oz. dried wood ear mushrooms
2 oz. dried kelp
4 cups vegetarian stock
2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon ground white pepper
1 egg
Cornstarch slurry made from 2 tablespoons of cornstarch and 1/4 cup water
12 oz. mung bean sprouts
1/2 cup Chinkiang black vinegar

Prepare the vegetarian stock according to the recipe in my previous post. Reconstitute both the wood ear mushrooms and the kelp in warm water for about 15 minutes. In the meantime julienne the konnyaku cake and the bamboo shoots in very fine shreds. Set aside. Julienne both the wood ear mushrooms and the kelp in very fine shreds as well. Be sure to cut the kelp against the grain. Set aside.

Clip both ends of the mung bean sprouts and keep only the crunchy white part. Known as “silver sprout” or yin ya, these sprouts regularly accompany shark fin soup. Blanch them in boiling water for just about a minute. Drain and set aside.

After straining the vegetarian stock, bring the liquid to a boil in a large pot. Add all the ingredients for the soup except the egg and cornstarch slurry. Simmer the soup for about 20 minutes then add the cornstarch slurry and continue to cook until the broth thickens. Beat the egg in a bowl. Swirl the egg into the soup and keep cooking for another minute or two, or until the egg is completely cooked. Serve the soup piping hot with silver sprouts and Chinkiang black vinegar separately and on the site.

Also this is cool! My mom saw this on Sharkwater's facebook page:

Rob Stewart is on the The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson for a candid evening of shark ‘tales’ and myth-busting! Craig Ferguson recently starred in the TV special Shark Bites: Adventures in Shark Week on Discovery Channel US, which follows Craig his on his first experience diving with sharks.

Don’t miss Rob on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson!Tune in to CBS on Tuesday night 12:35am EST.

This is my dad's shark "fact":
Some of you may be surprised to know that the San Jose Sharks aren't sharks at all, but a professional hockey team. Talk about misleading names.

So now you know the difference and now it's over and I say good-bye until next week end.
Remember, sharks aren't scary they are just different!!


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