Friday, January 23, 2015

It's all fish to me!

by Lorraine Bartlett / Lorna Barrett / L.L. Bartlett

Here in Western New York, we have a thing called the Friday Fish Fry. A lot of places have beer-batter fish fries, and it's no secret that my favorite place to go is in East Aurora, NY. A restaurant known as Tony Rome's Globe Hotel. OMG -- it's de-lish. (And it's available every day of the week!)  Google "Buffalo fish fry" and guess what?  One of my photos comes up. This one, in fact. (My favorite local watering hole, where the martinis come with sidecars, Bernard's Grove , has a pretty darn good fish fry, too.)  But most Friday's Mr. L makes the fish dinner.

My brother is going on some kind of screwy diet, but at least it says he should eat fish. So yesterday we went in search of fish to the Rochester Public Market.  I bought three HUGE slabs of cod for ten bucks.  Then we went to my favorite little market (Gates Big M) where I like to buy meat, and I bought more cod.  You see, the little guy sells cod for $5 a pound cheaper than our big local chain. (I love Wegmans, but man is their fish expensive.)  Guess what.  The $5 cheaper a pound fish tastes just as good. So we're good to go for the next couple of weeks.

(BTW, I've been in other parts of the state--and across the country--and the fish is dirt cheap.  What's with that?)

My former workmate, Jean C. (Hi, Jean!) was married to a chef at the same company where we worked.  She told me how her husband cooked fish.  "Just put come mayonnaise in a bowl, toss in some dill weed,  spread it over the fish, and bake. Then broil for the last minute or so." So with those minuscule instructions, Mr. L figured out how to make a wonderful Friday night dinner. We use cod, Sorry I don't have a real recipe.  Mr. L wings it about 35-40 weeks of the year. The other 10-12 weeks a year click this link and it's essentially the recipe.  Here's a video to show you how

Fish is supposed to be really good for you (and me!). What's your favorite fish recipe?







12 comments:

katherine is love said...

I love fish, but I have to admit, my dad is so great at cooking it that I usually just pop over to his house for dinner when fish is on the menu. Something he makes quite often in the nice weather is salmon cooked on the charcoal grill. He serves it with a salad and boiled baby new potatoes with lots of butter and fresh dill. The taste of grilled salmon is amazing, nothing like it, and he always grills it to perfection. I can't wait for the weather to warm up so he can make it again, and invite me over for dinner!

SandyG265 said...

When I can get steelhead trout I mix olive oil, lemon juice, salt, pepper, minced garlic, and rosemary. I spread it on the fish, broil it about seven minutes and then finish it off in a 325 degree oven. Otherwise I usually make cod. I melt some butter on a rimmed bakink pan, dip the cod in a mix of half flour/ half cornmeal and some spices. Then I put it on the baking sheet in the melted butter, flippingit so both sides of the coating get buttered, sprinkle on a littlearmesan cheese and bake it.

Robert Giddings said...

Friday fish fry is a way of life in northern Michigan, weekly social event for some. Love smelt season. I like a little buffalo wing sauce on the side. Of course nothing beats fresh caught brook trout, lake perch, or walleye, dust with pulverised nacho chips (crush in to a flour consistancy) and pan or deep fry. TGIF

Lorraine Bartlett said...

Sounds wonderful!

Lorraine Bartlett said...

I'll have to try that. Thanks!

Lorraine Bartlett said...

OMG--I l love walleye. Had some in Minnesota and it was fabulous. Pulverized nacho chips? That must be fantastic! Thanks for sharing.

Maggie Sefton said...

If I'm ever in your neck of the woods, Lorraine, I'm going to invite myself to a Friday night fish dinner. I love fried fish. Growing up in Northern VA (an hour from huge Chesapeake Bay and 3 hours from the Atlantic) fish was a regular part of our diets, including oysters, crab, shrimp, scallops. We've all had to switch to olive oil instead of the wicked butter, but sometimes I say to heck with it and indulge by using butter. Yum! I'm going to check with our new store Spice & Tea Exchange which has custom created spice and herb mixtures. Everything I've bought there has been delicious when I've used it on chicken. I'm going to see what they have for fish and experiment.

Anonymous said...

I have visited family in Aurora, but I've never been to any of the restaurants in the vicinity. Maybe someday I'll get to Tony Rome's Globe Hotel. I grew up in northern New York, where the Friday fish fry has always been popular. I live in southern New Jersey now, where I'm always on the lookout for a fish fry, but alas, fish fry doesn't really seem to be a thing around here. One of my favorite ways to cook fish is to saute salmon in olive oil with lemon-pepper seasoning. Simple and delicious, but not as good as a fish fry.

Annette said...

My hubby cooks this terrific trout filet with a pecan crust sauté in a frying pan. It's delicious.

Gram said...

You all have me drooling :-)

Diane LaBrie Leverson said...

I love fish and chips. Just like your first picture. I have a hard time finding it cooked like that lately. The batter has to be just right. I love fried clams (whole belly) steamed clams but can't eat too many of them. Swordfish and shrimp. There are a lot of other fish I like but only Ocean fish. For some reason, I don't like fresh water fish.

Diane LaBrie Leverson said...

I think I'll have some haddock tonight!