He who smelt it

I cooked up some smelt for supper today (which is always a delight), battered lightly with olive oil and flour, and served alongside rice, broccoli, onions, and zucchini (and on my plate, an ill-fitting chipotle sauce that I regretted). I like smelt not just from childhood fish fry nostalgia — fundraisers for the local volunteer fire department — but also because smelt is a healthy under-fished creature that one can eat not having to worry that you’re destroying the environment. It also helps that it’s one of the cheapest fish you can eat — this pile cost us three dollars, making it a pretty inexpensive meal.



I also dropped off some artwork for my backpiece at my tattoo artist’s today… It’s a sort of Hellboy-ish space-going secret u-boat base under Antarctica Third-Reich with UFOs, occultism, and giant robots piece. I will share pictures of the tattoo itself when it gets started in couple weeks, but this below should give you an idea of the direction it’s going. I can’t wait to get started, although it’ll be odd because this is the first tattoo on me that I can’t easily see! We are of course being very careful to make it a sci-fi theme because I don’t want anyone to think it’s a Nazi tattoo!







  1. Elizabeth wrote:

    I’ve never even heard of smelt; must be a cold water fish. Mullet’s the cheap stuff here and I may have had it tonight, wasnt actually cheap but was so nice to not be the food preparer/cleaner. :)

    Oh and Stormtroopers are the scariest things, ever. :\ Now robot Stormtroopers?! Star War’s attempt wasnt half as scary even as a kid than those that sport the iron cross and swastika.

    Sunday, November 1, 2009 at 8:42 pm | Permalink
  2. Sarah wrote:

    I would really love to see you update that cooking blog again! Your foodie pics always look amazing and I would love to see some of the recipes!

    Monday, November 2, 2009 at 6:20 am | Permalink
  3. Dreya wrote:

    I second the call for more recipes!

    Monday, November 2, 2009 at 11:00 am | Permalink
  4. estrojenn wrote:

    with the exception of my very first (small) tattoo that you drew me back in the day, i have left my back alone…mostly because i won’t be able to see it! i’m getting my piece drawn as well and started in the new year.

    i’ve never tried smelt. does it have a lot of bones? i don’t know why it freaks me out!

    Monday, November 2, 2009 at 5:46 pm | Permalink
  5. Shannon wrote:

    The spine pulls out really easily, so it’s effectively boneless. It’s really nice, very mild, totally odorless.

    Monday, November 2, 2009 at 5:49 pm | Permalink
  6. Chris B. wrote:

    Is the new back piece going to be in the same style as your chest piece? By that, I mean the solid, 100% coverage, painting like tattoo. I had never seen anything like that until I had seen your chest piece, and it’s just amazing. Either way, i’m looking forward to the tattoo!

    Monday, November 2, 2009 at 5:52 pm | Permalink
  7. Shannon wrote:

    Yes, very similar style, and by the same artist (Shane Faulkner) who has done almost all of my tattoos.

    Monday, November 2, 2009 at 6:36 pm | Permalink
  8. peteD3 wrote:

    when you said how easy it is to pull the spine out… i was hoping you meant nazis!

    are you back into running BME/IAM?

    Tuesday, November 3, 2009 at 2:05 pm | Permalink
  9. Myriah wrote:

    Glad to see Atomic Robo in the mix :D

    Wednesday, November 4, 2009 at 3:38 pm | Permalink
Wow Shannon, that's really annoying! What is it, 1997 on Geocities? Retroweb is NOT cool!

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