Tuesday, February 24, 2009

homemade remoulade

last week i ordered fresh torskerogn from aarstiderne, the people who deliver our weekly organic veggie box. torskerogn is cod eggs and it's much more delicious than it might sound, tho' i'll admit it looks a little bit ugly..like big giant pairs of lungs or something.  to prepare it, you wrap it in baking paper and give it a boil in a bath of water, bay leaves, peppercorns and thyme for 30 minutes or so.

i made homemade remoulade to serve with it and some fish "meatballs" that i also made from some fiskefars (fish daddies?) that i bought at the local fish store. that was delicious, by the way--a mix of cod, salmon and no doubt other stuff that i don't know about.

here's the recipe for the homemade remoulade, it's WAY better than store-bought and tastes a bit different--healthier and a bit more like a posh cole slaw. i suppose you could compare remoulade to tartar sauce in the US.

root vegetable remoulade

one medium carrot, grated
half a small celery root, grated
half a very small head of cauliflower, picked apart into very small bouquets and given a 10 second dip in boiling water (it really only needs 10 seconds)
1 leek, just the white part, finely chopped
1 handful of capers, finely chopped
2 tablespoons of finely chopped sour pickles (you could use sweet and get a flavor close to "real" remoulade)
1 handful of fresh parsley, finely chopped
1 tub of cream cheese
2 tablespoons of mayo
1 tablespoon of grainy mustard (i actually added a bit more)
a couple glugs of the pickle juice
mix the cream cheese, mayo and mustard together into a smooth mixture, add the leek, capers, pickles and parlsey, then turn the whole mixture into the carrot/celery/cauliflower mixture. 
i made it a few hours ahead and put it in the fridge. despite not having cabbage in it, it was quite coleslaw-like. i thought i'd made way too big a batch, but the guests and us ate it all up. we'll definitely be making it again. note that it's a lot less yellow than the store-bought kind of remoulade.
could be served with any fish, even a fish filet, so no need to track down any torskerogn or fiskefars.

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