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The Ugly and the Tasty :)

The Ugly and the Tasty :)

The Autumn Fish Market. Every Finnish city or town has got one of its own in August or September. We had it today, and the day was a lucky strike – sunshine and no rain, in spite of the harsh northern wind, so typical of this time of the year.

The Fish Market normally starts at 8 a.m., but we arrived only at 13.30 when most fish sellers had already left and so had fresh whitefish. Well… Long sleep – no fish 😀

However, we still managed to get some good specialties:

Ostokset kalamarkkinoilta

Ostokset kalamarkkinoilta

From left to top right: seabuckthorn jelly (I normally add it to my morning oatmeal), wild boar sausage, elk sausage, smoked cheese, and rough rye bread.

But the real thing is – as you’ve probably guessed – the last on the right. A monkfish, merikrotti in Finnish. A Quasimodo of the fish world 🙂 It lives on the sea bottom, sometimes 20 to 1000 meters down from the surface, is quite rare and therefore valuable for fishermen. Its weight normally is between 5 and 40kg, but the luckiest catchers get more – IGFA Record is 57.5kg, Sagnefjorden, Norway, in 2001. This fish is a predator (note the teeth!), it hunts other fish and also sea birds that dare surface the waters close to places of its habitation.

That’s what a small monkfish looks like (the shot was taken in Saluhall in Stockholm, Sweden):

Merikrotti

Merikrotti

And here’s a closer look at the white, delicious, almost boneless monkfish tail on my kitchen table:

Merikrotti

Merikrotti

If you get one, too, do not excersize with it but just cook it in a frying pan in butter. Add some sea salt and black pepper. Just pepper & salt. When you eat you’ll know why 😉

It’s perfect.

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