Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Smoke 'em if you got 'em

I love smoked fish. Oily and deeply flavorful, it has always conjured up many powerful memories for me. And I've found that people that like smoked fish, have grown up eating it; half nostalgia, half culinary wonder-piece.

The fish here, a salmon 'wing' (the collar and belly) and a small mackerel, are of the Russian variety; purchased at M&I International Foods in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn. But smoked fish all across the board are generally delicious and inexpensive, the intense smoke and fish oil combination lingers on the fingers for hours; a scent that both reminds and teases.

Tiny smoked fish, enormous whole smoked salmon, and all the sizes, shapes, and cuts in between will always have my attention and enamor.

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