Sunday, 3 August 2008
Dinner tonight was caught, cleaned and cooked by Paul. I made salad and opened the front door so he could take the debris to the rubbish.
In the 8 years that I have known him, this is the second fish he has brought home. The first was a little bream, which was legal but really a 1-person fish. This fine rainbow trout clocked in at 800g (uncleaned) and made a very substantial meal.
He landed it just before 1800hrs, had the head and tail off so it fit in the pan, dusted it with seasoned flour (salt, white pepper and some smoked paprika) and into the pan by 2000hrs. A little sunflower oil, because after Friday's fish fry he is entirely on board with sunflower for frying fish. A fairly slow cook. And onto the plate.
Serendipitously, I am reading Cherry Cake & Ginger Beer, which features recipes for all the dishes in childrens' books that we longed to try. Even if the Christian message of the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe went over my head the first few times it was read to me, the magic of superlatively fresh trout, followed by marmalade rolypoly was not. I got to the recipe for the marmalade rolypoly mid-afternoon, and was on the verge of getting dressed (it's Sunday - I didn't get past pyjamas) and going in search of suet. Fortunately sloth held me back, because after eating that beautiful slab of fish, I couldn't possibly face a suet pudding. Maybe next weekend...