Thursday, July 16, 2009

FIRST CATCH YOUR FISH



Here is a great recipe for freshly caught trout that I used when fishing years ago. When I say recipe, it wasn't from a book or anything it was just kind of instinctive.

1 trout (any size)
salt
pepper
lemon juice
butter
wine
foil wrap
fire

First catch your trout, clean it, lay it on foil,rub with butter, sprinkle with salt and pepper, squeeze a lemon or two over it, add a splash of wine, wrap it up and put on a BBQ or fire. Cook it. When cooked eat it.

Complicated I know but it works. I cooked this somewhere near the Tongariro River back in the mid 70's. I had gone on a fishing trip with Chris and Sue Prowse and I think Robert Prowse (Rob, do you remember?). We went to a spot Chris knew of beside a tributary stream off the Tongariro. It was about 10 minutes from Turangi. One evening I caught a medium sized trout which we cooked. I also caught a large trout, the stuff of legend but had it stolen. When I put it on the bank and went back into the water to try my luck again, I had my back turned to it. Something (a noise or a sense) made me turn around and I saw that my trout had gone and I saw a ferret (stoat or weasel) disappearing into the bushes with it in its mouth. It must have been a strong little animal as the trout was huge (and got bigger with the re-telling).
When I went back to the camp the others didn't believe my story (philistines). They were lucky that I shared my other trout with them. The wine was probably a Penfold's Autumn Riesling which I remember as being delicious.
It was also on this trip that I discovered the benefit of very cold running water. In the morning while boiling water for tea/coffee I managed to spill a boiling pot over on my arm. I immediately plunged it into the nearby stream and kept it in there for ages. The water was so cold that I could that I lost feeling in my arm but when I finally withdrew it I had no pain or blistering.

10 comments:

Richard (of RBB) said...

I feel like Simon on Britain's Got Talent - I don't know what to say! I mean, what was the point? Don't worry though, you're coming back for another round!

THE BORING GUY said...

How refreshing to read a post that is both informative and intetresting. Its much better than the fantastical drivel on that RBB blog.

Richard (of RBB) said...

It takes a boring guy to spot another one, I suppose.

Anonymous said...

"when I finally withdrew it I had no pain or blistering."
I saw the film 'Bruno' last night.
Richard (of RBB)

Anonymous said...

Two trout from the Tongariro! I tried but never in my dreams even. I remember we fished the Hinaemia at the north end of Taupo and slept over a place those in the know used to take a dump.

THE WINE GUY said...

No, this was at the South end of Taupo, just North of Turangi.

THE WINE GUY said...

"..I saw the film 'Bruno' last night.
Richard (of RBB)"

144

Richard (of RBB) said...

"144"
12 x 12

Anonymous said...

72 + 71 +2 -1

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