When Foodbuzz asked us to pick a cuisine that was from another culture – and outside of our comfort zone – I had to think really hard. First I had to think of where I have never traveled to- I have traveled to quite a few countries - AND then also take out all the cuisines of countries I regularly “travel to” in my kitchen (Chinese, North African, Japanese, etc). Picking something outside of my comfort zone is also pretty hard since I generally enjoy all foods. BUT, everyone has something they’re just not so keen on.
Two foods that I am generally less comfortable eating are anything with curry and fish. Fish is generally eaten everywhere in the world, but there are places in the world that eat more fish than others. So, I pulled out my map (I’m a geographer and always have a map handy) and started looking for someplace I’d never been, never had cuisine from that region, and predominantly ate fish. Soon my finger was circling around Iceland.
I’ve never been to Iceland, but have always wanted to go. It just seems so beautiful there with it’s majestic mountains and fjords. And, they eat fish – lots of fish. Dry fish, salted fish, cooked fish, smoked fish, baked fish…fish, fish, fish – and sheep heads (and other body parts). This was it – I was already starting to feel nervous – I would have to not only make a fish dish, but most of the recipes looked through either had disgusting looking food in their pictures, or no picture at all. I opted for a recipe with no picture so that I wouldn’t have any bias as to what it would look like, and tried to keep calm.
I decided on a recipe for fish soup since I’d never had fish in a soup before and I’m all about trying new things. I read through many many recipes, and settled on one that had many interesting ingredients, but was quick to prepare.
And, to my utter surprise – it was good. It had a wonderfully mild flavor, and I promptly found myself at the end of my second bowl. My husband was not so thrilled – he doesn’t like anything that has to do with fish. Luckily, my older son is head over heals for fish and was able to share in the delight with me. I also went ahead and packaged some up for a friend of mine who always brings me different soups to try, and she called my in the evening to get the recipe.
This soup is good.
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