Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Feasts and Festivals: St. Andrew's Day
St. Andrew's Day is celebrated in Scotland as that country's National Day (the same idea as Bastille Day or Independence Day, but much more low-key), since St. Andrew is the patron saint of Scotland. According to legend, a supernatural force brought his relics from Constantinople to Scotland, specifically to the town that is now St Andrews. Don't ask me how they are supposed to have arrived. Teleportation, maybe. It's also commonly believed that the relics were probably brought to Fife by a monk who then built a church at the behest of an angel. I still like my teleportation theory. According to legend, St. Andrew helped a ninth century Pictish king in battle and was thus especially venerated by the Picts. St. Andrew's saltire eventually became the flag of Scotland. St. Andrew is also the patron saint of several other countries, as well as the patron saint of fishermen...and golfers.*
created for the author by the Savoy Hotel. Instead of smoked haddock, which I can't find anywhere in Wichita, I've used smoked trout. The last time I used smoked trout it was from Idaho, but Dillon's has stopped carrying it and so I had to use canned smoked trout imported from Germany. It worked well, but if you have to use a canned smoked trout, be sure to wash off all the oil.
I was really happy with the cabbage, as well. It's a bit spicy since it's got chili pepper and fresh ginger in it, but it's also nice and gooey from the combination of walnut oil and leek. I just happened to have one lonely leek chilling out in my crisper drawer--you could use a shallot or even a bit of onion.
Smoked Trout and Cheese Omelette
3 ounces smoked trout fillets
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
1/4 cup milk
4 eggs, separated
1 tablespoon heavy cream
1 1/2 ounces cheddar cheese, grated ( about 1/3 cup)
salt, if needed
Rinse the smoked trout and remove any skin or bones. (If your smoked trout isn't "ready to eat," you'll need to poach it before you do any of this.) Flake the trout and set aside.
In a small saucepan, heat 1 tablespoon of the butter and the 1/4 cup milk over medium heat. When the milk starts to steam, add the fish, stirring occasionally. When the mixture comes up to a boil, remove the saucepan from the heat, cover and set aside for 20 minutes.
Preheat broiler. Beat the egg whites to stiff peaks and set aside. Beat the heavy cream into the egg yolks and season with pepper. Add the fish/milk mixture and stir together. Fold in the egg whites.
In an omelette pan over medium heat, melt the remaining tablespoon of butter. When the butter is bubbly, pour in the omelette mixture and cook (without stirring or flipping) until underside is golden brown. Remove pan from the heat, sprinkle cheddar over the top of the omelette and place pan under the broiler. Broil until cheese is browned.
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1/2 tablespoon walnut oil
1/2 teaspoon gingerroot, grated
1 garlic clove, minced
1 leek, white part only, finely sliced
1 red chili pepper, seeds and ribs removed, julienned
1/2 medium cabbage, cored and shredded
In a large skillet (one with a lid), heat the walnut oil over medium heat. Stir in the ginger and garlic and keep stirring. When oil starts sizzling, add the leek and chili pepper and sauté until leek is softened.
Stir in the shredded cabbage, cover skillet and cook around 6 minutes or until cabbage is softened but still a bit crisp, stirring halfway through. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
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*"St. Andrew" from Wikipedia and "St. Andrew's Day" in Julia Jones and Barbara Deer, Cattern Cakes and Lace: A Calendar of Feasts (London: Dorling Kindersley, 1987), 10.