Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Something is Fishy

Frank and I had another successful Christmas Eve dinner. We again prepared the "Feast of 7 Fishes", an Italian tradition. We started at 3PM and finished eating the last dish about 8 PM, We took a leisure approach with the preparation and consumption of one dish at a time.We also took a couple of short cuts to keep it simple and relaxed. In my understanding of the feast you have to use 7 different sea foods (not just swimming little fishes). We had a great fun time with good food. So here is the menu, in the order of preparation and consumption.

  1. Anchovies and Sardines on crostini (counts as two fishes)
  2. Clam Chowder (prepared by Fresh Market)
  3. Crab Meat Salad
  4. Sauteed shrimp served over spaghetti 
  5. Seared Sea Bass served on a bed if wilted radicchio with Yukon Gold potatoes
  6. and finally, Seared Sea Scallops
We served smaller portions of each item so we could get through all 7 dishes. But even with our best effort, we never made it to the non-fish cheese course which we had planned for our dessert. After 5 hours of cooking and eating we were full, and tired. But it was worth it.

As Frank pointed out and I would agree: We will fix the "Feast of 7 Fishes" again, but neither of us are ready to attempt the alternate Italian Christmas Eve tradition, the "Feast of 13 Fishes"

That is all I'm Saying.

Happy New Year everyone.

1 comment:

Liz said...

Happy New Year back to you (and Frank)! Here's to good health and happiness (a little prosperity would be welcome, also). Yikes, that's a LOT of fish - I would have felt like a little stuffed pig! We only consumed one fish on Christmas Eve - lobster mac and cheese! Diet? What diet? XOXO