Tuesday, November 28, 2017

In Praise of South Africa.......

.......well, South African smoked cod, in fact.

One of my earliest memories is being served up this stuff by my mother on the farm in the early fifties.  Then it came in a tin.   Gorgeous salty flakes of fish with a unique flavour of its own.

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Today one buys fillets of SA smoked cod from the supermarket for $10/kg when they are on special.
Adolf buys a whole heap, still frozen, when they are on special as the usual price is $15/kg.  (Here, snapper fillets are fetching $48/kg!)

Just had one for lunch - this batch were quite small - and here's how you do a simple, cheap but great feed.

Allow fillet to thaw and cut in two.  Season top side with salt and black pepper.  Brown top side in hot pan with oil.  After a minute flip fillets and add half an inch of white wine.  Turn down heat and poach until done.  Five minutes max. 

Serve on a slice of dry multigrain toast.

Yum yum yum.   And lunch cost about three bucks.  Great tucker.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Sth Africa does not have a cod fishing industry as such. It is probably smoked Snoek relabelled for marketing purposes. Snoek = Barracouta in NZ.

Lord Egbut

Adolf Fiinkensein said...

Whatever, it still tastes pretty good.

See how easy it is to comment without being a smart arse?

Keep it up for a while and you might get a go at parole.

David said...

Lord Egbut, I believe that what is sold here as South African Cod is actually Hake (Merluccius capensis), sold by fish n chipperies as Butterfish.

Sadly, it is no longer smoked, the smoke effect created by the application of liquid smoke.

However, sadly Adolf is right this once - properly prepared it can be quite nice, but can also be excessively salty.