25 November 2007

Market - Fish

Monte Carlo market. I stopped to buy a fish for dinner and asked the fishmonger the name of the eel-like creature with the decorative skin - and if I could take a photo. A few minutes later, he was arranging his best fish on this white board for me to photograph. He explained that his brother is the fisherman and he sells the fish and a few minutes later, I found myself with an invitation to go out on the boat one day to take photographs!

I just love people who take such obvious pride in what their sell or what they do. You can see the care he is taking to artistically arrange the fish for me to photograph. What a guy!

The eel-like fish is called murene (moray eel) which he explained is a carnivorous fish - a type of conger eel - but one with really vicious teeth. The ancient Romans bred this fish and used to satisfy its voracious appetite by feeding it a wicked slave or two. The big red fish is called chapon - another name for rascasse, which is the scorpion fish or hog-fish, much prized in the making of Bouillabaise, as is the eel. The smaller red fish is a rouget (red mullet) .


11 comments:

isabella said...

Fish art! Who knew ;-)

Are you serious about the slave munching eel? Personally I love smoked eel, but I had no idea they'd like me, too...

Clueless in boston said...

Wonderful post. You must have a way with people to make them smile so easily for you! What a marvelous opportunity to be asked out on a fishing boat and be able to take pictures.

The eel is quite a beautiful fish, but I wish I hadn't heard the story about the Romans...

Jilly said...

Isabella and Clueless in Boston,

I have a booked called A-Z Gastronomique which lists pretty much every French culinary term and that's what it says - about the Moray Eel - and the slaves!

I may say I bought a sole for dinner!

Jilly said...

Sorry - I mean a 'book'....

Kate said...

An accommodating subject with interesting fish! The eel has never been a favorite of mine; I love your tidbits of info re. the slave--ugh! PS. I read in the NYTimes today that the second annual Jazz Festival starting this coming Wednesday 'til Dec 2nd will take place in Monte Carlo. Will you be able to get photos?

Me said...

Jilly, I am so taken with your style. I love these photos. Since I saw the 'wet markets' in Singapore, I love markets like this. How very, very wonderful to get these photos of yours. Thank you so much for sharing them with us.
Wayne

Jilly said...

Kate, yes, am trying to get tickets to the Monte Carlo jazz. This is the year it's been held. It's in the Salle Garner (the opera house) which should be fabulous. However, photos? I don't know whether one would be allowed to photograph in the opera house. I doubt it!

Jilly said...

Am writing too early in the morning! I meant to write:

This is the 2nd year it's been held. It's in the Salle Garnier, not Garner.

wrap on knuckles, Jilly, for not reading it through...

Ann (MobayDP) said...

Oh how kind of him to arrange those fish for you to photograph :)

I guess you're right about eating soles for dinner! Eeek! :-o

Ming the Merciless said...

I would love to have some bouillabaise right now. Hmmmm!

Dusty Lens said...

Wow, this man has great pride in what he does. I hope you were able to go out on the fishing boat. Imagine the photo oportunities from the sea.

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