Here’s the good news: Russia is a human-resources rich country and I’ll bet you are within a stone’s throw of someone who would be happy to help you out. Just show them the phrase above; which is (trust The Moscovore) a very polite way of saying, “Could you kindly clean the fish for me?”
You could, of course, woman up and just slice the belly, pull the guts out, remove the gills and get on with it, but either way, get yourself some sea bass at Metro or, better still, one of the farmer’s markets and get ready for an elegant and easy meal that looks like you went to tons of trouble.
Here’s a show off moment: I learned how to make this at The Padstow Seafood School in Padstow, Cornwall last summer, and they get full credit for the recipe. If you’ve never been to Cornwall, make some plans to go. I had a marvelous time. When I wasn’t in Seafood School, I went for long long walks along the ocean and up along the cliffs. Curiously, not once did I run in to Ross Poldark, which still baffles me.
I had Cornish pasties for lunch every day, which is only allowed if you have very very very long walks along the cliffs. It was bliss.
But, back to the sea bass. Give it a try, ideally…well not ideally actually for sure the day you get the fish. If you aren’t sure how to say “sea bass” in Russian, you can look it up on The Moscovore’s easily downloadable shopping lists of ingredients.
As an added incentive, anyone who makes this before November 7th and leaves a comment detailing their experience, will get their name thrown into the hat twice for the inaugural giveaway: a fabulous set of matriyoshka measuring cups and spoons, which is a must for any Moscovore.
So, Moscovores, roll up your sleeves and let’s get started!
Serve, and enjoy.