by Mark McNulty.
Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.
This proverb has been passed down from generation to generation for ages, and with good reason: There is absolute truth in it. The sea provides for us like nothing else on the planet. Marine plants generate over half the oxygen we breathe. The oceans contain 97% of the water on Earth. Global climates and weather patterns are driven by water currents and temperature. And when it comes to healthy food, our oceans provide us with a bountiful feast…all year long.
Here in New England we know this all too well. We are born into a coastal way of life that has sustained us since humans first set foot here. With the wide variety of food available to consumers today, however, it is all too easy to overlook this important natural resource at our doorstep: Fresh, local seafood. Fortunately, I am here to help. Welcome to The Captain’s Kitchen, your guide to enjoying the fruits of our New England waters.
We know we should be eating more fish. It is a low-fat, high quality protein that benefits the heart and brain function. It is rich with omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins D and B2, plus calcium, phosphorous, iron, zinc, iodine, magnesium, and potassium. The American Heart Association recommends eating fish at least twice each week. It can help lower blood pressure and your risk of a heart attack or stroke. It may also decrease the risk of ADHD, Alzheimer’s, dementia, depression, diabetes, and arthritis. Seafood can be the foundation of a healthy diet and lifestyle… and some of the best seafood in the world is right in our backyard. Stay tuned to my posts and we’ll enjoy it together!
Let me clarify a couple details up front. I am not a trained chef. I am a teacher by trade, a children’s writer, and now a stay-at-home Dad looking to provide fresh healthy meals for his family. I am not a real captain of any vessel, either. I have driven many boats and feel confident on the water, but I have no boat of my own. Using the title of “Captain” in this blog is really a tribute to my grandfather. He helped fuel my love of fishing and local seafood with day trips on his boat, and he was always affectionately known as The Captain. So I am not a chef and I am not a captain, but I am a devoted connoisseur of seafood eager to share what I know with you.
Here is what you can expect from my upcoming posts. First, my recipes will feature fresh seafood that is available in our New England waters all year long. This means putting a spotlight on the incredible local fish markets in our area. Second, simplicity and affordability will always be key ingredients to my recipes. As an at-home Dad, I know time and the family budget can both be tight. I will make sure you can enjoy your seafood without stretching either one. That’s a promise.
So… welcome to The Captain’s Kitchen. I am thrilled you are here and look forward to your feedback. Questions, comments, or requests for future posts…they are always welcome.
Mark McNulty is a local teacher and children’s writer who is currently a stay-at-home Dad. A lifelong resident of the South Shore and avid fisherman, Mark has developed a passion for local seafood. He has often said “If it swims, I’ll eat it.” This includes active support for local fish markets and fishermen. Mark is also an avid Boston sports fan. His other interests include hiking, travel, cycling, and archery. His blog, The New American Dad, is a helpful resource for all mothers and fathers and was recently recognized as Top Blog by Mommy Poppins Boston. His family currently lives in Pembroke.
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