Thursday, August 6, 2009

Lunch of Little Fishes

The other day for lunch my father's friend and honorary patron at La Touche cooked up a very tasty fishy treat from Brittany. Brigitte is from Bretagne, a region in north-western France. Bretons are sadly the butt of many French jokes which make light of their accents, dress, and food. Sometimes, however, the food is delicious, as was the case with this crêpe sarrasin à la sardine, or buckwheat crêpe with sardines. Brigitte artfully grilled fresh sardines over a wood fire to impart a smoky flavor and lessen the sardines' greasy fishy quality. She then deboned and filleted each little sardine with great finesse and served them in piping hot crêpe with a generous pat of quality breton butter. She also threw in a few thinly-sliced green onions from the garden, which was a departure from the breton classic, albeit a scrumptious one. Props to Brigitte for teaching us a new way of eating often-neglected little fishies and for sharing a piece of her heritage (which we will try not to make fun of her for.) As always, I encourage you to enjoy and share delicious food and home cooked meals with yourself and others!