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Diamond Haddock

I was looking for a haddock recipe and the first one I found informed me that “haddock is a cheap and affordable fish.” The author of the recipe has definitely never been to the Midwest where haddock is a far greater luxury than steak. I unpacked my haddock with my eyes closed because I didn’t want to see the sticker with the price and feel bad about buying something so extravagant.

In the end, I took some olive oil, crushed some garlic (mostly because I wanted to use my new and fashionable garlic crusher than for culinary reasons), mixed in some herbs, poured it all over the haddock and put it in the oven. Let’s see how this fish – that, at least, is somewhat cheaper than diamonds – turns out.

P.S. I remember back in the USSR my great-grandma would cook me soup with this fish. It was super delicious. And obviously not even remotely as expensive as it is here.

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11 thoughts on “Diamond Haddock

  1. Socal dendrite on said:

    Growing up, we had a Fish Man come round my neighborhood in his van every Thursday selling the most delicious fresh fish. My mum very often bought his baby haddock, which we had very simply grilled (broiled is the US term I think?) with a little cheddar cheese on top – yum! (Thinking about it, I imagine the fish was not sustainable by today’s standards but, boy, was it delicious.). To this day, I can picture the Fish Man very well in my mind’s eye, though I never actually knew his name. I’ve never been able to find haddock that was similar anywhere else, and hardly ever see it at all over here in the US.

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    • I would so love to have a Fish Man come by. And I also read that there is a tradition in your country of leaving milk bottles outside to be filled every morning. That’s beautiful.

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      • Socal dendrite on said:

        My parents still get milk delivered to the doorstep. I was thinking about that just yesterday when I ran out of milk and how annoying it was to have to go to the store just for milk. The way it worked with us was that the milk came in glass bottles with a foil top. We got fresh bottles every day, but we left the old empty (clean) ones out to be taken away, sterilized, and refilled at the dairy. The best sort of recycling! Our milk was not homogenized either so we had to shake each bottle to mix the cream at the top back in before opening it. Unless my dad got there first and took the “top of the milk” to put on his porridge 😉 Happy days. So much nostalgia surrounding food and eating practices!

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      • \And I also read that there is a tradition in your country of leaving milk bottles outside to be filled every morning.

        Which country is that?

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  2. Lucy on said:

    Ok! then I am not the only one that thinks haddock is super expensive (and low quality in the Midwest). I thought I was being too picky. I was used to having a gorgeous haddock in my home country. Still drives me nuts to have such low quality fish and no fresh seafood.

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  3. Haddock is one of our favourite fish in this country – UK. It’s popular fresh and even more popular smoked. My favourite way to cook the smoked variety is pretty traditional, poached in milk, with black pepper, parsley, chives and a lump of butter – yummy!

    However haddock is getting more expensive here too, I think it’s been overfished for decades and trawlers can’t catch as much as they did.

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