A Fishy Tale

Joanna Schaffalitzky — 

On Friday 3rd August, the Irish Foodies once again embarked upon our montly cookalong. This time the theme was seafood. Taking part this time were the usual suspects plus quite a few new people (see the Irish Foodies Cookalong Facebook page for details) with all entries being judged by Mags of Goatsbridge Trout.

Having already had a bit of a seafood feast the previous week, complete with scallops, giant prawns, mussels and squid, I decided to raid the family cook book for a suitably fishy dish. I also decided that I would recreate a tart that I had made a couple of weeks previously which contained smoked trout from Goatsbridge. I admit that this may have been an attempt on my part to influence the judge.

Unfortunately they were completely out of stock of the trout in Donnybrook Fair, the closest supplier of same, so instead I went for the Hot Smoked Salmon from the Burren Smokehouse. I combined this with leeks and a mature gouda called Old Amsterdam.

The resulting tart was described by my friend Shelly (my glamorous assistant for the evening) as a "foodgasm".

With one success under my belt it was time to tackle my Danish fish dish, which I call Granny's Fiskeret. Fiskeret translates as "fish dish" or "fish recipe". My grandmother learnt it from someone else and modified it a bit. The flavours in this dish are quite distinctly Scandinavian and I thought that it would be a bit different from the usual fish dishes served in Ireland.

This dish also got the thumbs up from both Shelly and the Beau, who had turned up at this point.

The recipes for both dishes will be appearing in blog posts this week and I'll be sure to keep you updated on who the winner is this time around.

UPDATE 23/10/10: Turns out the winner is me! Mags from Goatsbridge announced the winner at Food Camp, part of the Savour Kilkenny Food Festival. I was amazed and thrilled at the same time. She said that she really liked my fish tart. My prize was an amazing basket of produce from Kilkenny and Clodagh McKenna's Fresh From the Sea. Thank you very much Mags!


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