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    Thursday, February 21, 2008

    Smoked Marlin Chowder - More Stories from the Far North

    Look at that fish!
    Our friends Geoff and Laurian caught this out at sea off the Bay of Islands, in their boat Silverado. Isn’t it amazing?

    After it was weighed (229.1 kilos)… it was sent off to the smoker.That’s a lot of Marlin. We have been the recipients of several packages. It really is beautiful just served cold on bread or a cracker. Maybe a little lemon juice or maybe that Japanese mayonnaise (that I am really keen on...they now have a mustard version which is excellent.) Little piquancy- yum.

    But there are many other ways to consume this wonderful fish.
    How about Smoked Fish Chowder

    An aside - I have posted chowders before and reiterate…please use full cream milk.
    I have used lesser milks and somehow they seem stick to the pot not good!

    So, back to the recipe.

    2 rashers bacon chopped
    1 onion finely chopped
    1 large potato peeled and chopped into cubes
    1 chili finely sliced
    1 corn cob kernels removed

    2 tablespoons butter
    1 glass white wine
    1 litre milk

    Salt and freshly ground black pepper

    200gms flaked marlin

    2 spring onions finely chopped Melt butter in pan
    Add bacon, fry till crispy, remove

    Add onions and chili sauté till translucent

    Add potatoes and corn
    Add about 100 mls of water and simmer till the potatoes are just fork tender

    Add white wine
    Bring to boil and evaporate wine
    Add milk
    Season to taste.

    Bring to simmer and gently cook about 5 minutes

    Meanwhile flake the marlin
    Add to chowder
    Let sit about 5 minutes for flavours to meld
    Serve in your pretty bowls and garnish with spring onions

    (What do you think about this big snapper? We were lucky enough to be recipients of that old granddaddy on New Years Eve)
    Crumbed filets. Very good

    Geoff is not only a great fisherman/person

    He has taken this excellent shot of our boat in
    Whangaroa Harbour.

    That’s the good ship Cajun Moon in front and behind us the beautiful Zulu,.
    More about Zulu and it’s crew later.


    Anonymous said...

    You lucky ducks! All that beautiful fish just waiting for you to eat it!

    Asha said...

    Om my! Look at the size of that fish!! Chowder looks great too. Enjoy!:)

    So Simple said...

    Chacuterista and Asha
    Isn't it amazing one man and that huge fish. Tastes good too.

    Barbara said...

    Gilly - what a catch. I love smoked marlin with riesling.
    Nothing else needed, just marlin and riesling.

    So Simple said...

    I know it is so good unadorned but when you have so much we need to find lots of ways

    katiez said...

    Mon mari would be soooo jealous! He loves to fish.
    But that whole, big thing smoked? Now I'M jealous - I love smoked fish - any kind, any flavor!

    Victoria said...

    I love smoked marlin. When I lived in the Canaries I always had it in the freezer. I'd cut it into wafer-thin slices and enjoy it with horseradish on crackers. It's also great with soy sauce and ketjap (Indonesian sweet soy sauce). Yum!