Thursday, 21 May 2009

Fresh Trout from Rutland Water

Today we had quite a treat for tea. My father-in-law to be (is that a proper term, or have I just made it up?) went trout fishing at Rutland Water, which is not too far from where we live. This is the spot: He called in to see us on the way back home and dropped off a couple of lovely trout, freshly caught and gutted. You don't get fish much fresher than this, less than a day out of the water.

Beautiful! Lets check out his face...

It was already gutted so I filled the insides with herbs - a mixture of parsley, chives and a little bit of fresh rosemary. Couple of cloves of garlic and a nob of butter went in there as well.

Some olive oil and a bit of salt and pepper went on the outside of the fish, then wrapped up tightly in foil. The trout was baked in the oven at 200 C for 20 minutes, turning over half way through.

Here it is cooked. Now, I need to learn how to "carve" a fish and debone it as I made a bit of a bodge job of this one.

I just opened it up down the middle and pulled the spine and bones out.

It seemed to work ok, although there were a few smaller bones remaining afterwards.

Served with some ratatouille, this was a delicious simple meal.

You could tell this was a really fresh fish, it almost melted when eating, and the flavour was a lot more intense than any shop-bought trout that I have eaten. I might have to take up fishing...

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