SMOKED FISH ROLLED AROUND A LABNA(labnah) FILLING

It looks impressive and it is not too much trouble to make. For the  Filling: Drained yogurt (labna or labnah), tarragon or dill, pink peppercorns, grated lemon peel, lemon juice, capers. In the centre are pickled baby cucumbers. Sometimes I have used cream cheese as the filling but I like the lightness of yogurt and … Continue reading SMOKED FISH ROLLED AROUND A LABNA(labnah) FILLING

MURRAY COD, AN ICONIC AUSTRALIAN FISH – information and fish recipes

I have just spent the weekend in Albury (Victoria). I will mention Wodonga (NSW) in the same breath as I see them as being one city. The Murray River separates the two locations. Inevitably some of the conversation was about fishing and it was good to hear that once again there seem to be some … Continue reading MURRAY COD, AN ICONIC AUSTRALIAN FISH – information and fish recipes

PICNIC FOOD – Potato salad with smoked fish, asparagus and green beans

Coronavirus Restrictions have eased in Melbourne recently and with it comes the freedom to see friends by having picnics. It sure beats Zoom. Easy and transportable food include smallgoods, smoked fish, cheeses , good bread, and as always vegetables –  made with  raw or cooked vegetables.I have made the occasional frittata, either with  zucchini or … Continue reading PICNIC FOOD – Potato salad with smoked fish, asparagus and green beans

FISH POACHED IN A FISH KETTLE in bouillon

As you can see this poached whole Atlantic Salmon looks very impressive and it tasted fabulous. The method of slowly poaching a whole fish in a fish kettle is easy. The poaching liquid in this case was salted water, whole parsley – leaves and stalks, black peppercorns, lemons and onions cut into  thick slices. The … Continue reading FISH POACHED IN A FISH KETTLE in bouillon

HAPUKA(fish)WITH SICILIAN FLAVOURS

I used Hapuka, but any fish will do. The Sicilian flavours are simple – grated lemon peel, lemon juice, anchovies, fresh mint and parsley. Once you have pan fried one side of the fish, turn it over, top with the chopped herbs, anchovies cut into small pieces. Wait till the underside is cooked to your … Continue reading HAPUKA(fish)WITH SICILIAN FLAVOURS

FISH STUDDED WITH SICILIAN FLAVOURS

As you can see this fish steak is cut vertically from a largish sized fish  and it is the perfect size to stud the four different sections with  different flavours.  On this occasion I used fennel, cloves, garlic and mint. I vary the flavours and I may use rosemary, a bit of cinnamon stick or … Continue reading FISH STUDDED WITH SICILIAN FLAVOURS

MARINADED FISH and a recipe for PESCE IN SAOR

Sousing fish was a way of preserving it before refrigeration by saturating the fish with acid – vinegar in this case which, like salt,  prevents the growth of microbes. Sugar is also added and to create an agro dolce dish (sweet and sour). The fish is first fried in olive oil and then marinaded in … Continue reading MARINADED FISH and a recipe for PESCE IN SAOR

PESCE CRUDO, raw fish dishes in Sicily

Eating fresh fish is a serious business in Sicily – it is eaten cooked in many ways but also raw (called pesce crudo). Traditionally, Sicilians did not serve raw fish without marinating it first in lemon juice and then dressed with olive oil and referred to as condito (in Italian) or cunzato (in Sicilian). For … Continue reading PESCE CRUDO, raw fish dishes in Sicily

SAUCES for meat, fish and vegetables to brighten up your Christmas

Because one of the books that I have written is called Sicilian Seafood Cooking and because my blog is called All Things Sicilian And More many of my readers assume that at Christmas I will be cooking Sicilian food. And what is the norm in Italy  or Sicily for Christmas? As many have stated before … Continue reading SAUCES for meat, fish and vegetables to brighten up your Christmas

FISH BALLS with Sicilian flavours

My last post was about marinaded white anchovies – a great crowd pleaser.  This is easy finger food that can be presented on crostini (oven toasted or fried bread) or on small, cup shaped  salad leaves. Another small fishy bite which never fails to get gobbled up are fish balls poached in a tomato salsa. … Continue reading FISH BALLS with Sicilian flavours