The Boy is making a big push right now for the rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America. You must have 21 merit badges (12 are required, 9 are elective) and complete an Eagle Project by your 18th birthday. He has about 6 1/2 months left and (as of this writing) still needs 4 merit badges and the Eagle Project. He just completed summer camp 2 weeks ago and was able to crank out 5 merit badges there to get down to the 4 he still needs.
I'm very impressed with his ability to get this done in such a short amount of time, although he has put himself behind schedule more than a couple of times because of "other priorities". He didn't join Boy Scouts until he was almost 15 (most scouts join at 11). And he didn't realize he really wanted Eagle (and all the honor and weight that it carries) until he was 16 1/2. Needless to say he's on a fast-track schedule. If he can hold it together and get done in 6 1/2 months, I will be very impressed and very proud. I never made Eagle when I was in scouts (I made Life, one rank below Eagle) and have always regretted it.
Anyway, of the 4 merit badges he needs, 3 of them are about 3/4 of the way completed. One elective merit badge he almost has completed is the Fishing Merit Badge. One of the requirements is to clean and cook a fish. He also needs to show evidence that he caught a fish too. The merit badge counselor (who is also his Scout Master) said that the cleaning and cooking requirement allows for a store bought fish. Because quite frankly, I wouldn't want to eat a fish caught in one of our local lakes and we don't have time to do any ocean fishing.
So off we went to the local Asian Food Market. They had a pretty good selection of whole fish. We chose Striped Bass (with guts in) and Red Snapper (with guts out).
Here he is cleaning the fish. This will be sent to his MB counselor as proof.
After about 15 minutes on the grill, it's ready to eat.
I made some glass noodles and added them to a wok with eggplant, onion, green and orange pepper, jalapeno pepper, teriyaki sauce, garlic, salt and pepper. This came out really good and the Boy and I dusted off all thie fish. The Mrs won't eat fish but had seconds on the vegetable lo mein, so I guess that was a success too.
All he has left for this badge is to catch a fish and demonstrate some fishing knots. I'd say he has this one is in the bag. Now on to the remaining badges and the dreaded Eagle Project.