If you can't get your hands on a bit of fresh cod for fish stew, you can use that brilliant frozen cod that your sister-in-law sent you for Christmas. You know, the cod that was plucked out of the waters of Green Bay around September and handled with great skill the minute it hit the floor of the boat.
And, if it happens to be filleted cod, you can supplement the flavour of the stew with some of that fish stock you made last year. You know, the stock made with the left over heads and bones you scrounged from your friends. The stuff in the bottom of your freezer?
And that brings us to the high-priority task of the month. To get to the bottom of the freezer!
I will NOT fail in January. I am getting to the bottom of it (well, technically the 'side' of it as it is an upright freezer) and it will get defrosted.
And, as I am doing so, I am thinking about the memories associated with the various products contained within.
The little bit of moose that we cut up last year (our first solo job, we certainly didn't know what we were doing then, but most of it was for sausage anyway).
The local lamb we bought this fall (and cut up ourselves...again, didn't really know what we were doing but it is cut up and tastes great).
Some sausages we made (don't get me going).
One last meat pie from Christmas (a bit of work, as always).
This year's Christmas package from loved ones (no work there...sigh!).
Several mystery packages and...yes, 10 pounds of bananas in various states of decay. I soooo have to get around to using those suckers sooner!
Anyway, back to the fish stew. There is not much recipe involved. Hardly worth writing down actually! Steam some potatoes and onions in seasoned water or stock (I add salt, pepper and savoury). When the potatoes and onions are almost cooked add the cod. Cook a few minutes longer and voila! That simple!
Now, I must get back to digging through the freezer. January is only so long!
Some of last fall's fishing photos.