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I have a John Dorey 
8th-Mar-2014 09:19 am
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Bought in one of those "it' a fish, and it's half price" moments. Today Dave is on days, so I've defrosted it, and will be having it for lunch once I've figured out what to do with it.

BBC says: "A white-fleshed sea fish found in European waters, John Dory (also known as St Peter's fish), is an odd-looking creature with an oval, flat body and a large, spiny head. The white, boneless, meaty flesh is firm and flavoursome and can be cooked in a variety of ways: grill, sauté or poach it. It’s popular with chefs because it goes well with a wide variety of ingredients and flavourings and the bones from its head make an excellent stock."

"John Dory is an odd-looking fish with long spines and a large dot on its side, and its bones are excellent for making fish stock.
John Dory is sometimes referred to as St. Peter fish (or versions of that in Italian or French) because of a legend that the black spot on its side represents St. Peter's fingerprints.
John Dory is best prepared with its skin on. While it is considered a delicacy, and can command a high price in fine-dining restaurants, it also is often used for making that most prosaic of dishes — fish and chips."

Yes, it's certainly an odd-looking thing, and while I've got a whole one, every recipe I can find talks about fillets. I learnt how to fillet a fish on the cookery course, but this.... hmm. I have found a site that admits it's a bit tricky, and gives me a video of how to go about "butchering" a John Dorey. Equipment needed - decent pair of shears. My kitchen scissors are either too small or too blunt. I forsee shopping in the near future.

Or, I could go for a recipe for the whole fish that got posted on the Facebook echo. Braised in saffron and white wine, with celery and mushrooms, both of which are sitting in the fridge needing to be used. This entry was cross-posted from my Dreamwidth account. Comment here or there (using OpenID) as you prefer. "There" currently has comment count unavailable comments.
8th-Mar-2014 11:55 am (UTC)
Sounds like braising in wine to me :-)
8th-Mar-2014 03:56 pm (UTC)
The braising-the-whole-thing recipe sounds nice!

OTOP, I wouldn't worry too much about the filleting process, if you decide to go that way. Well, make sure it doesn't end up in A&E, but that aside... Aside from a chiding from the shade of Monica Galletti, the main failure would seem to be getting the fillets smaller and untidier than you hoped, and leaving too much flesh on the bones... In which case, transpose from this opening to a "fish stock/soup" middle game?

Passed up a nice piece of vacpaked hake in the yellow-stickered section yesterday. I need to work out what on earth is occupying all that space in my fridge and freezer and... well, possibly eat some of it, I guess.
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