I forgot it was Saturday.
Because I had off yesterday.
And we did our Good Friday fish fry dinner.
Prepared by moi.
I wasn't thinking about today being Saturday. I was thinking about Easter.
Cleaning (oh my stars.... lament... lament...)
And getting music ready for tonight's vigil Mass...
For Holy Saturday.
OH MY STARS!!!! IT'S SATURDAY AND I'M MANNING THE CAFE!!!
So I'm going to show you fish fry, Rochester style, delicious!
Here is fresh haddock:
Now haddock is a North Atlantic white fish. It's not available everywhere.
More's the pity.
And we always, always, always always breaded the haddock using flour, then beaten egg, thinned with 1/3 as much water, and then dredged in fresh bread crumbs.
(I use my Cuisinart to make bread crumbs whenever I've got bread on the verge of being wasted. Old rolls... Heels.... crusts.... bagels (not sweet or seasoned).
And then I pop it into a gallon freezer bag and I always have fresh bread crumbs on hand.
Julia Child taught me about using fresh bread crumbs years ago.
Make that absolutely decades.
How did I get so old, so quickly????
Anyway, we tried beer batter last night:
2 Cups flour
12 ounces beer
2 tsp. salt
Mix together. Dip fish into batter. Drop into deep fat fryer. Cook until dark gold.
OH. MY. STARS.
This was restaurant quality deliciousness.
My one regret???
WHY DIDN'T I REALIZE HOW EASY BEER BATTER WAS BEFORE?
I did discover two things. That if you drop the fish (using tongs) into the oil with a basket in place, the batter cooks into the grooves of the basket.
So I removed the baskets from the fish fryer.
I use the big Presto fryer for the fish.
And a smaller one for the french fries. But not much smaller.
And I kept the basket in the one for the French Fry fryer.
And the coleslaw?
Freshly made. Very old world Brit Fish-n-chips.
I think they may possibly have Western NY fish fries in heaven.
I am not absolutely certain of that last fact.
Bless you all and may God our father in heaven and on Earth grant you peace and health this blessed Easter Resurrection Sunday....
A holy day indeed!