Sunday, 21 November 2021

Getting back into it

I hadn't been fishing much at all over the last year. Last few years, really.

In September I was crossing one of the bridges over the Wairau and noticed the water was quite high, with a bit of colour - ideal for spin fishing.

My trout license had been languishing in my wallet for almost a year. With the season about to end, I figured I'd better get some use out of it.

Returning to the river soon after, I had a strike below the bridge within a few casts. I was not ready for it, and a leap soon after saw my lure coming to shore with no fish attached. Didn't manage to get any more interest from the trout, but returned the next morning around the same time, prepared for a strike. Landed the nice small brown quite quickly.

The family enjoyed the trout for dinner.

I obviously now had to get a new license for the upcoming season.

Landed a larger brown not too far upstream a couple of weeks later.

Both caught on the same lure.

Sunday, 30 December 2018

A seafood chowder recipe

I've been a fan of seafood chowder for years now, but have seldom made it myself for some reason.

Yesterday I had some groper cheeks, quite a lot of mussels, a couple of salmon steaks and some smoked salmon that all needed using before long, so decided to make a chowder.

I looked through my cookbooks and decided on Martin Bosley's 'Easy Winter Seafood Chowder' in Kirsty Cameron's The Kiwi Bach Companion, despite it being the middle of summer and one of the hottest days of the year.

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I used some parsley, sage, and dill from the garden in place of the thyme (potato was also freshly dug), and aside from my seafood being different to what's in the recipe, I cooked it as per the guidelines.

The salmon added more oil to the mix, which showed on top. In some leftovers today I sprinkled over and mixed in some White Crest Arrowroot Substitute, a gluten-free thickener, which mixed in well with the salmon oil and made a nice thick chowder. I plan on using that next time I cook it.

I also threw together a loaf of bread in the bread maker - which I haven't used for ages - following the recipe I mentioned back in the trout pate recipe a while ago (this time using sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, rosemary, and oregano).

All tasty and recommended.