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Gullet Girl

January 24, 2005

This is the correct Dutch way to eat a herring.
By firelight.

And this is the correct way to serve it. Well almost. Kristi chose to cut it up out of love for her British husband who can’t get his head around swallowing a herring like a seal. But in her heart of hearts Kristi wanted to serve it whole.

Serve herring as a first course with a salad of chopped pickled beets, finely chopped onions, curly leaf parsley and a little silver fork.

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  1. torture to see me swallowing my favorite food when there’s none of that around in France! Just bought ROLMOPS, for comfort. Funny that they do sell that here.

    Comment by Kristi van Riet — January 28, 2005 @ 18:26

  2. Not that funny considering that rollmops are preserved and raw herring isn’t.
    Remember when we saw Aditya almost gag at the thought of eating raw fish? Not all cultures approve of eating fish this way considering their history and their (past) methods of transport.

    Comment by debra — January 29, 2005 @ 10:34

  3. Being in far-away India implies that the herring is no more than a far-away dream. How much would I like to let this RAW fish sliver down, leaving this heavenly taste of sea & ocean. OH HOLLAND!
    BUT: I had a taste of the most awesome tiger prawns I ate in a long time during my visit to the Sunderban tiger camp, south of Kolkata.

    (More about Kolkata and the refined tradition of Bengali sweet-making later.)

    Sweet Bengali kisses to Culiblog D. from RvT

    Comment by ronald — January 31, 2005 @ 5:55

  4. There’s sunshine in that message!

    Comment by debra — January 31, 2005 @ 9:31

  5. Can one get raw herring in California? I have searched and searched, but maybe in the wrong places. I love herring (the dutch way) and miss it ever so much.

    Any help would be appreciated!

    Comment by janel — April 28, 2005 @ 8:59

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