Seafood Dinner with Spring Vale Gewurtztraminer

For Caroline’s birthday a few months ago I gave her 2 presents.

1. She could pick a theme dinner to be made by me.

2. She was allowed to say “it’s my birthday” for a whole week, which meant lots of cooking, washing up etc…

She picked Tasmania, and more specifically, Tasmanian Seafood as the theme. And as for pulling the birthday card for a week, well…, let’s just say well played Caroline, well played.

Here’s some of the dishes I made:

Tempura Oysters

Spicy Tempura Oysters

Spicy Tempura Oysters

1/2 dozen freshTasmanian oysters

finely sliced chilli and coriander leaves to garnish

Tempura batter:

1 egg

1 cup icy cold water

3/4 cup plain flour

pinch bicarb soda

pinch of salt

beat the egg and water together until fluffy

Add flour, salt, and bicarb soda, beat together quickly so it stays cold

The batter SHOULD be very thin, if need be, add more water. Coat oysters in batter and dip into VERY hot oil (peanut or any oil with high burning point) Remove oysters after about 1 minute, when golden brown. Place on paper towel to drain off excess oil.

Top with ponzu-style sauce. 
(2 tbs soy, 1tsp rice vinegar, juice of half lime, splash of sesame oil, finely grated ginger) 

Garnish with sliced chilli and coriander leaves.

Caroline approved

Tuna Sashimi

Scallops with Fingerlime, Chilli, and Ginger

Scallops and Fingerlime

The scallops were great with the Spring Vale Gewurtz, one of our favorite wines.

Tassie Scallops with fingerlime

Have you ever had a finger lime? If not, you are missing out. They are an amazing Australian native lime. They look like elongated, pinkish-brown limes. But when you cut them open, tiny caviar like balls of citrus juice tumble out! They make amazing garnishes on dishes and match particularly well with seafood.

mm mmmm


Tasmanian Oysters

Day trip to Port Arthur.

On the way stopped at the tessellated pavement look out…

Lucky for us there was an oyster stand. Seriously.

And EVEN luckier, we had beers in the car.

mmm Oysters

The bottle shop had a fairly limited selection. We opted for Matilda Bay Fat Yak. This isn’t my favourite beer, but it is good to see the bigger companies producing ‘approachable craft beers’, which are converting everyday lager drinkers to new and exciting beer styles.

The citrus character of the cascade hops in the beer go really well with oysters. But maybe my favourite match is Stout and oysters. The rich and sweet character in the stout balances out the saltiness of the oysters. A clean, crisp lager or Pilsner works well too.



Oysters and Fat Yak

I also really enjoy a Tasmanian Brut sparkling or a dry riesling with oysters.