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Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Fish Supper


Fish again.   Tuna and another fish known here as 'the hunter' with white flesh and a not-too-fishy taste.

  Sunday we had a family fish dish supper.   Twelve of us around our big table.  Eleven family members and the twelfth a  neighbour.  He was a late arrival on his way home from a male Sunday morning 'soiree' who promptly fell asleep at the table, waking up now and again to down another glass of wine .  He slept for three hours, thankfully without falling off his chair.


Dandelion leaves, a kilo of them, an essential accompaniment to any  fresh fish meal.  Full of dirt and mud.  Each root needs to be scraped clean and then  all the leaves are given an extremely good clean,  dunked three times in big tubs of water.  Icy water at this time of the year.  A job only for lovers of dandelion leaves


This is the tuna. 


The white flesh fish, called 'the hunter' (kynigos).  All the fish were cooked on the big bbq, by the men, who wined and dined, sorry 'tasted', while we made salads, fed the kids and set the table.  As  happens all over the western world


Sauce for the fish.  Two parts fresh lemon juice, three parts olive oil, a good spoon of mustard, oregano and salt if you must.
Called 'salamoura'





Garlic bread rolls.  
I make a bread mix, flour, yeast and water and let it rise for half an hour.  I then form  small  buns and roll each bun in a bowl of olive oil with lots of crushed garlic and parsley*.  The drippy, oily, garlicky bun is placed on baking paper in a baking tray.  Leave for half an hour to plump up a little and bake for about twenty minutes till nice and brown. 
 *These ones had no parsley.  Kids don't like green things in their bread.  But I stuffed a square of gouda inside each roll


Leftovers!  So much fish and this is after we ate a second fish meal the next day.  Fortunately  daughter Danae came and took it all away to make fish cakes.  Kids love fish cakes, as long as their are no green things in them.  These children don't mind thyme though.  Their mother puts thyme in everything.

Thyme in the chicken, thyme in the bolognese, thyme in lentils, thyme in omeletes (omelettes), thyme in fish, meat, but mint in the peas.  

Spinach pie pastry recipe she told me in the supermarket this morning

one cup of olive oil
one cup of wine
one egg
as much flour as it takes to make a nice soft dough.  Mix together.  Leave to rest twenty minutes.  Roll out

Try it.

Really tasty and crispy, crunchy (so she said)



12 comments:

  1. I shall try the pastry pie tomorrow, i am so glad i read your post close to midnight,too late to start now:)

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    1. Hope you slept ok and didn't have to get up and have a midnight snack!

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  2. So much fresh food, plentiful and looks delicious !
    Hugs,
    ~Jo

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    1. Yes, more food. I need to get out and see some ancient sights, walk in the countryside!

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  3. I refuse to eat the 'green bits' in preserved peel. I think it's called Angelica. It should be banned.

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    1. They are such tiny pieces. Can you really taste them?

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  4. Darn it! I just wrote a comment and blogger link got 'broken' and it was lost. Suffice to say, sounds like a wonderfully convivial meal - and those garlicky buns and the pie sound like something I would enjoy eating. I quite like homemade fishcakes too.

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    1. The garliky buns are terrific. Everyone likes them. Just bread dough rolled in aromatic oil and baked really.
      I love fishcakes but K doesn't so I usually give the leftover fish to the girls, without bones, skin and heads

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  5. Ah, dandelion spinach, I like them but not fun to clean.
    My husband is the fish chef in this house. I dont handle fish well. I read your post to him and he told me he could live very happily there with your family. Have you room for one more Linda; I'll send him there? :)
    I want to try the bread buns.
    Greetings Maria x

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    1. If your husband cleans and cooks the fish then he can come anytime. I make fish soup and I can clean them but thank goodness it is usually my husband who does that too!

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  6. yum that looks so delicious! Been a long time since I've been fishing.

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    1. We did a lot of fishing when we were last in nz, many years ago. Loved fishing off the beach but caught more crabs than anything else. Those day fishing boats from Mount wharf are great!

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