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New Season, New Ideas, Escargot


 
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 06, 2011 3:57 pm    Post subject: New Season, New Ideas, Escargot Reply with quote

Well folks, its that time of the year again - time to get planting.
From what the media says, food prices are going up anyway.

One thing I am looking forward to is more cooking.
Just got off a ship with a lot of Catalan food, and was introduced to a great cook book on that subject.

Its a lucky coincidence I put cardoon and jeruselem artichoke down this year in the new perennial bed

Its a lot of what could be called local peasant type food, so should be easy enough to adapt to what we can grow in Ireland, in particular those of you with polytunnels.

What I think attracts me most is the amount of varied fish meals.
I'm already planning to salt my own Pollock to create a home made, locally caught version of Bacalao with a bit of research.
I can already do salted mackerel - a real Connemara staple.

Another Catalan staple was pickled oily fish like sardines and tuna - for which I hope to substitute herring and mackerel.

The other thing I liked was the way they do snails:shock: , Escargot - or Cargols as they are called in Catalan - should be an interesting year.
The way I see it, stop snails eating your salads - eat them with your salads.

Not for everyone I know, but there is a fairly decent guide here which I will be working with, albeit on a smaller scale
Not for everyone I know, but there is a fairly decent guide here.
http://www.nal.usda.gov/afsic/AFSIC_pubs/srb96-05.htm
I will be experimenting with this, albeit on a smaller scale, but it might be of interest to some readers, and I'll update the blog with what I learn

But not to worry, I'll keep developing recipes from Northern Europe as well

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