Blogging Dilemas and Steamed Fish

I’m going to try to make a comeback with proper blogging here. But what is proper blogging? I suppose it is a silly modern world boho dilema. To begin with, I will stop apologising for not posting or for posting things outside of my niche.

I stopped classifying Papaya Pieces within the strictest food blog niche ages ago, so I should start behaving as such. Since I started my other blog, I sort of felt weird, in case I might accidentally develop a double personality or something. My not photographing food phase coincided with my new what do I publish in which blog phase. But now it’s clear, I created myself a niche for the other blog, or project as I feel more comfortable calling it, and will strictly stick to it. Papaya Pieces will be the place where I publish whatever else I fancy. A place to put memories. And a few recipes too.

Steamed Fish soya

Steamed Fish With Ginger, Scallions and Soya Sauce

The fish used here were guilt-head breams but you can use any fish you like.

Ingredients for 4 servings:

750gr fish, 3cm piece ginger, 3 scallions, half a lemon, 4 tablespoons soya sauce, 1 teaspoon sesame oil, white pepper, a few pieces of cabbage.

Clean the fish.  Place the pieces of cabbage in a steamer and the fish on the cabbage. The cabbage will prevent the fish sticking to the steamer and it gives it a touch of green flavour. Peal and cut the ginger. Place on top of the fish. Steam for about 20 minutes or until cooked.

Meanwhile, in a small bowl, mix the juice of half a lemon, the soya sauce, sesame oil, salt and white pepper. Prepare the scallions too by washing and chopping the green parts. Once the fish is cooked, heat the soya sauce mixture in a small pan until it starts bubbling. It should only take about 30 seconds.

Place the fish on a serving dish. Sprinkle the scallions on top. Pour the soya sauce mixture over it all. Serve with steamed white rice.

Enjoy your meal!

24 Comments

  1. Saskia (1=2) 2015-08-20 at 22:14

    I say good on you for being yourself Sofia. It’s only natural for your blog(s) to morph over time, and it’s much more interesting having a window into more of your worlds anyway! You go girl! (I’m still wrestling with the idea of starting another blog too) 🙂
    Your fish recipe looks and sounds gorgeous, and it must be good if you accidentally made it 3 times in the last few weeks! Love the sound of gilt-head breams, in fact I love kooky-named fish. We have the wobbegong, the bigeye tuna and (my favourite) the longnose emporer.

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    1. Sofia 2015-08-20 at 23:47

      Aww thanks for sticking up for me Saskia 🙂 I’m very curious about what your other blog would be about, and do tell me if you make it as I want to be amongst the first followers! (If not the 1st).
      Hahaha was funny names of fish! I h ave to admit with all the places I live I have a hard time keeping up with which fish are called which in each language. Wobbegong sounds funny 😉

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  2. Dorcas 2015-08-20 at 23:01

    Sounds delicious, but we don’t have gilt-head bream here. It’s salmon, salmon, salmon. I like reading blogs that talk about life through food. Your voice is so specifically you. As long as you stick to that, you could write about socks (even though that’s not something I’d eat) and I’d probably still be happy to read. Cheers!

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    1. Sofia 2015-08-21 at 00:06

      I’ve done this with salmon too and it works out really well! Thanks for the encouragement, I have to tell you I think your blog is gorgeous and I’m loving your writing too! xx

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  3. Sunny 2015-08-20 at 23:04

    OK so you won’t believe this, but I have never steamed fish! Kinda wonder if I can find any fish here that would be good for this.

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    1. Sofia 2015-08-20 at 23:48

      Hey its really easy an I’m sure you can do this with any fish of considerable size – I would say sardines might be too small. I’ve even done this with salmon and it actually went quite well with it!

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  4. Guillermina Stover 2015-08-21 at 00:11

    Funny you should mention fish! We just returned from a trip to San Antonio, Texas, and ate at a renowned restaurant named “The Sandbar Fish House & Market.” My husband lived in the San Francisco Bay Area and we had been trying to visit this place. He had clam chowder, which was very good. I had a small plate of sashimi. (We’ve had better. In fact, at home!) And the main dish was a pan-fried sea bass, the whole fish, which was very good. But again, we’ve have better. The whole meal came to $97 US Dollars. Overpriced and overvalued place…oy vey. But we came, we saw, and we conquered!!! P.S. I have to visit your other blog!!!

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    1. Sofia 2015-08-21 at 22:47

      Sashimi, pan-fried sea bass, yum you’re making me hungry! I think most things nowadays are overpriced!

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  5. Guillermina Stover 2015-08-21 at 00:15

    We had dinner at “The Sandbar” last night. Today for lunch we stopped at a wonderful Middle Eastern place, “Moroccan Bites,” also in San Antonio. What. A. Meal. As you probably already know, while in Spain we visited Morocco several times. This place brought us so many memories! We’ll have to eat there again…!

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    1. Sofia 2015-08-21 at 22:47

      Guess what, I haven’t been to Morocco…

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  6. Mabel Kwong 2015-08-21 at 04:41

    Very Asian kind of fish, Sofia. It looks so easy to make, and delicious too. Sorry to hear you are in a bit of a dilemma about blogging – but at least that means you can write on a range of topics 🙂 Lately I’ve been feeling lazy about my blog, lazy in terms to getting to comments (not putting up posts, because I really am thinking quality over quantity). Sometimes real life is pretty good… 😀

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    1. Sofia 2015-08-21 at 22:45

      Yeah it’s very Asian 🙂 I’ve been feeling lazy with blogging but the thing is that I’m on holiday and because at the moment my life is not all work work work, even though I WANT to be lazy on blogging, all this doing other stuff is actually inspiring me to post my photos! Yeah, real life can be good, and taking a break from work can be really good 🙂

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  7. Dalo 2013 2015-08-21 at 21:42

    Good, hope to receive more posts from you ~ and also great to check out your other blog. This fish makes me miss Asia, but I am good with my salmon and halibut for now 🙂

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    1. Sofia 2015-08-21 at 22:45

      I’m not sure my other blog is positioned for you 😉 I’m sure you’re having great fish right now!

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      1. Dalo 2013 2015-08-22 at 04:29

        Ha, ha…yeah, I checked it out and I think you are right 😉

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        1. Sofia 2015-08-22 at 09:36

          I knew it! 😉 Though maybe you can admire some of the photography there hahaha I hope you’re up to something fun this weekend!

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  8. Lily @ChloeAsh 2015-08-22 at 08:38

    I love steamed fish! And you’re right about not apologizing about your own blogging schedule. I can’t seem to bring myself to want to blog, and while I have no obligation, I still feel obliged to churn out reviews on products sent as samples, you know? Silly, really… but I have a lot of backlog to clear. heh!

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    1. Sofia 2015-08-26 at 00:05

      I feel like I hardly have time to blog so with 3 kids it’s admirable how you find the time. Though at the same time, it’s also great that you have your own “me time” to be able to do it, which is also important. I was going to say, send me some of the samples!… but then I’d have a backlog too, lol! xxx

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  9. Patty Nguyen 2015-09-02 at 05:10

    Girl, I think we all have at least double personalities. Just ask our significant others! Hah!

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  10. Jean 2015-09-05 at 04:05

    Clearly you love steamed fish. Had my home steamed salmon fillet this late afternoon. Then dove into some painting.

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    1. Sofia 2015-09-05 at 14:46

      I do this in salmon version too, its great! What did you paint?

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      1. Jean 2015-09-05 at 22:32

        Mulit-media painting –semi-impressionistic and abstract of mountain field of wildlfowers against wild looking skies and rock. Just finished today.

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        1. Sofia 2015-09-05 at 23:25

          Interesting!

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