Positioned in the Northwest edge of North America is the U.S state of Alaska.
East is Canada, The Arctic Ocean is to the North, East and South is the Pacific Ocean. Alaska is the largest state in the U.S and 4th most crowded, but the least densely populated than that of the other 49 States. Approximately 735,000 inhabitants live within the Anchorage metropolitan area. The economy of Alaska is controlled by the fishing, natural gas an oil industries reserves which it has in profusion. Tourism is also a an important part of the economy. From the 18th century onwards Alaska has been populated by native people and always considered ready for exploitation and trade. Russia sold Alaska to the U.S in 1867 at approximately 2cents an acre, which totalled 7.2 million U.S dollars. Lots of changes occurred before becoming a territory in 1912 and becoming a state in 1959.
Alaskan native people are split into around eleven clear cultures with at least 20 different languages – these include Eyak, Haida,Tsimshian,Aleut, Inuit and many Northern Athabaskan civilisations. Depending on the season and where they live in Alaska actually controls the diet available to them. Traditionally/historically predator/gatherer civilisations survival is the use of foods such as, berries,salmon, moose, walrus, seal, duck and other marine mammals give them considerable portions of their diet, along with birds and eggs.
Here are a few ideas of native/traditional recipes…. Muktuk (whale skin & blubber),Oogruk Flippers (seal flippers), Eel Akutaq (eel ice cream),Akutaq (Eskimo ice cream) or Salmon Heads & Tails – not sure we would be able to get some of these items in the supermarket! Modern day Alaskans eat everything of course. Today it is easy to ship urban Alaskans the same food we enjoy here. However, they do have access to fresh specialities that are exclusively Alaskan!
The fishing industry is huge is Alaska and there are various varieties of white fish, salmon and shellfish – follow this link to see the various species that can be found in the waters around Alaska. Effective and accurate management promises that the fisheries in Alaska are healthy, clean, useful and maintainable as instructed by the government. Since being admitted as the 49th state of the U.S, Alaska has functioned as an example, all over the globe, of fisheries management… So we saw it fit to eat fish today – fish that we know we can eat – and celebrate the fantastic job the Alaskan fisheries board do. Ian isn’t a salmon lover so we opted for Alaskan Cod…BLACKENED WILD ALASKA COD WITH FENNEL AND ORANGE SALAD BY CHEF JOHN BESH Today is also world pasta day and although I found some recipes that incorporated paste, they also contained salmon, so I decided to add a twist and serve on a bed of tasty buttered pasta.