The Fishes

Mom grew up with the traditional Feast of the Seven Fishes. Her grandfather, then father, would soak the baccala for weeks before. Apparently, it reeked.

We usually had pasta with clam sauce, but started adding more fish dishes along the way. Unfortunately, Mom and I are allergic to shrimp, crab and lobster (which is as terrible as it sounds), so that leaves out those fishes.

This year, we would have had 7 fishes, but were constrained by time and energy levels. Here’s the menu:

Samosas to start
– Pasta with clams
– The “aleech” – that’s how Mom pronounces it, it’s pasta with anchovies and bread crumbs. Proper Italian name? I think it’s acciughe e mollica.
– Fried smelts – such a pain to clean.
– Cod and calamari salad – we used this Giada recipe, subbing in half cod to get an extra fish in there.

That’s 5 fishes. The other two were going to be mussels with the clams and scallops. But we abandoned those plans in favor of a smaller dinner.

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Most delicious.

Clockwise from top: fried smelts, pasta with clams, roasted carrots, pasta aleech, calamari/cod salad.

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CLAM FACE.

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January 6, 2010. Uncategorized.

2 Comments

  1. Poseidon replied:

    lobster, crab and shrimp are not fish.

    • sarahdares replied:

      Poseidon, I’ve had enough of your sass. Back to the seas with thee!

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