Hi and welcome to the blog! It’s been a busy couple of weeks. There have been a few opportunities to camp but between work and the weather things have been tricky. I plan to go on Monday and do some good cookin’.
One of the dishes planned for camping was a tasty fish chowder (recipe below) using local bass caught earlier this fall. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to camp that evening but the chowder was made on Friday and turned out delicious. The last of it went down the hatch Sunday night. Like so many foods, the flavors mingled over time and got even better.
For those of Scottish heritage, this soup turned out something like “Cullen Skink” – a rich fish chowder made from smoked haddock. Their soup originated in northeast Scotland in the town of Cullen. It is supposed to contain smoked haddock which I didn’t have. Rather, I made my soup using thick bass fillets and shrimp. The recipe was compiled looking at various other chowders and cooking it to taste. Chowder is so yummy!
This last Saturday the owner of the fast food restaurant where I work was talking about Cullen skink when we discussed fishing and chowders. There is a Scottish brand called “Baxter’s” which is expensive but sounds like it’s delicious. Perhaps I will try it some day.
It’s currently Sunday and I’m trying to get things in order for another trip between snowflakes. Monday should be a good night for camping; I only work till noon and have Tuesday off. Jenny is getting antsy to play outdoors – she will likely ride along this time. I’ve got another soup recipe idea (a conglomeration of various steak/ vegetable ideas.) It will simmer in the crockpot while at work and then finish cooking in the van. We’ll see how that goes!
That’s about all that’s new. I’ll post the steak soup recipe when we get back on Tuesday. In the meantime here’s the chowder. Just about any old white fish would work great. And as far as the wine goes, it wouldn’t have to be used either (but adds a lot of flavor!)
Safe and happy camping! 🙂
Brad and Jenny and Mister Duke
Jones County Iowa