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#31 Mon 29 Oct 12 11:27pm

Kaitlyn

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Re: I have never cooked ,,, but will try to make.....

mummza wrote:

I used to borrow a fish kettle and gently poach a salmon some times, but my neighbour has now moved so no fish kettle to borrow any more. Poaching fish I found easy, just cook it gently in the poaching liquid.

I've never heard of a 'fish kettle'.  Would a skillet suffice?  What works as a poaching liquid, and what do I do with it after?

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#32 Tue 30 Oct 12 1:01pm

koukouvagia

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Re: I have never cooked ,,, but will try to make.....

Kaitlyn wrote:

mummza wrote:

I used to borrow a fish kettle and gently poach a salmon some times, but my neighbour has now moved so no fish kettle to borrow any more. Poaching fish I found easy, just cook it gently in the poaching liquid.

I've never heard of a 'fish kettle'.  Would a skillet suffice?  What works as a poaching liquid, and what do I do with it after?

I've never heard of a fish kettle either.  But I very often poach fish.  Just use a regular pan with a lid, the pan should have 2inch tall sides.  Here's my poached salmon recipe.

- 2 salmon filets
- 1 garlic clove, sliced
- 1 shallot, mined
- fresh parsley, chopped
- 2 cups vegetable stock
- 2 shots of vermouth or dry white wine.
- salt/pepper
- lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 tblsp olive oil

1. In your pan, sweat the onion and garlic in the olive oil until soft.
2. Add the vegetable stock and bring to a boil.
3. Season the fish and gently place into the stock, the stock should come up about halfway up the side of the fish. 
4. Reduce to a slow simmer and cover the pan.  Poach gently for 5-10 min, to desired level of doneness.  Remove the fish to a plate and set aside.
5. Leave the lid off the pan and turn up the heat to a boil.  Add the vermouth or wine and reduce the sauce until it's about half left.  Add the butter, herbs and a little lemon juice and strain.  Serve the sauce over the fish and with a little rice.

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#33 Tue 30 Oct 12 1:20pm

minerva

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Re: I have never cooked ,,, but will try to make.....

For those unfamiliar with fish-kettles, here you go:

www.fishkettle.co.uk

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#34 Tue 30 Oct 12 4:36pm

koukouvagia

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Re: I have never cooked ,,, but will try to make.....

minerva wrote:

For those unfamiliar with fish-kettles, here you go:

www.fishkettle.co.uk

NICE!  I want one.  But what else do you cook in it?

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#35 Wed 31 Oct 12 4:16pm

mummza

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Re: I have never cooked ,,, but will try to make.....

koukouvagia wrote:

minerva wrote:

For those unfamiliar with fish-kettles, here you go:

www.fishkettle.co.uk

NICE!  I want one.  But what else do you cook in it?

They are best just kept for the cooking of fish as sometimes no matter what you do there can be a slight fishy aroma about them !

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#36 Thu 01 Nov 12 12:41am

Maree

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Re: I have never cooked ,,, but will try to make.....

Agree. They are nice but for the odd few times a year that I'd poach a fish, they are "space clutterers". Best borrowed. And as Mummza said, no matter how well they are cleaned, the fishy smell lingers. Plus, their shape is rather limiting.

That's just my opinion, though.


"Cook with love and laughter ..."
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#37 Thu 01 Nov 12 6:44am

mummza

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Re: I have never cooked ,,, but will try to make.....

Mine too , unless you cook fish on a very regular basis they take up a load of space.

That said .. If I saw one that had been donated to the local charity shop and was the right price I might be tempted !!

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#38 Thu 15 Nov 12 1:06am

minerva

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Re: I have never cooked ,,, but will try to make.....

Maree wrote:

Agree. They are nice but for the odd few times a year that I'd poach a fish, they are "space clutterers". Best borrowed. And as Mummza said, no matter how well they are cleaned, the fishy smell lingers. Plus, their shape is rather limiting.

That's just my opinion, though.

Most good Cookshops do hire out fish-kettles...especially the bigger ones for cooking a whole salmon etc.

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#39 Thu 15 Nov 12 2:56am

Maree

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Re: I have never cooked ,,, but will try to make.....

Wish they did here, Minnie. It's a case of buy it or go without hmm.


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