Thanksgiving potluck was a little underwhelming It was hosted by a woman who likes to cook and wanted to cook so she could improve her cooking skills but in the end didn’t realize she didn’t have the time to cook. At the last minute she turned to a restaurant to do the work, and spent too much money on an undercooked turkey that she ended up throwing out. We appreciated the effort but for Christmas, Holly and I decided to leave matters of food, up to the foodies.
December 25th is the only other day of the calendar year that the brewhouse closes it’s doors. It is an appreciated day off, but not enough time to fly to the east coast especially with security check points being as time consuming as they are. If I can’t spend the day working or with loved ones, I chose to spend the day working on what I love: food. Fellow foodie Holly was in agreement and suggested we attempt the seven fishes. I did some research.
The Feast of the Seven Fishes is an Italian-American holiday traditionally celebrated on Christmas Eve. It is a celebration of the commemoration of the wait for the midnight birth of the baby Jesus. Serving only fish implies the celebrators are fasting or as Mario Batali claims, “It’s what Italians do when they say they are fasting.” The number seven is also debatable. “No one’s quite sure of the significance of the number,” says Batali. “Some families do seven for the sacraments. Some do ten for the stations of the cross. And some even do 13 for the 12 apostles plus Jesus.” There are no hard and fast rules, courses vary depending on party size and depth of the pockets. Holly and I are shooting for seven. If we need to add more courses I assure you, finding more fish dishes will not be a problem.
This is an example of our brainstorming so far:
Caviar on baked fingerling potatoes
Smoked salmon Quiche
Pissalaide (anchovy tart)
Salmon and scallop mousse terrine
Whole roasted salt fish
Spinach and oyster soup
Bouilbaise or cioppino (fish stew)
If I can figure out how to mix lobster and chocolate for dessert I will try.