Let’s travel back in time to that post a while ago, on salmon heads and how I was so happy I could get them for free from the market.
I’m still enjoying the benefits of those salmon heads. Weeks and weeks later. Gross, you say? Not at all, my dear friend.
We made a simple stock from the bones which we have been enjoying ever since, mainly in the form of soupy noodles (and also one day I made rice porridge using the leftovers). We’ve actually done this twice recently, but I keep neglecting to post it because I keep forgetting the recipe for the stock. Which tastes a little different each time. But this is the basic outline, so here goes.
No pictures by the way, unless you really want to see my slow cooker getting all crusty overnight (do you really??)
Salmon fish stock
One salmon frame, chopped into bits
1 large red onion, chopped
2 medium sized carrots, chopped
1 tablesp whole black pepper
Salt to taste
Water to fill up the slow cooker
A slow cooker
Put everything in the slow cooker and leave it on overnight. Taste and salt as needed.
After at least 8 hours, strain the liquid to remove the extra large parts. Crush anything that can be crushed through the sieve.
Not as hard as it seems. Really, I was surprised at how tasty it was considering I made it, and I’m bad at meat.
Lamb and Carrot Ragu
Inspired by a brunch I had somewhere in North Melbourne, but the recipe is mine
4 pieces round lamb bone chops – it has to be something with a bit of bone in it
8 tomatoes, chopped
2 carrots, diced small
1 red onion, chopped
5-7 cloves garlic, chopped
1.5 tablesp tomato paste
1 tablesp balsamic vinegar
1/2 teasp cumin seeds
3 bay leaves
1/2 teasp black pepper
Salt and sugar to taste
A pressure cooker
Brown onion and garlic in some oil. Add the cumin seeds.
While while that’s browning, chop the carrots. Then add the carrots.
Same for the tomato – while the carrot browns, chop the tomato. Then add the tomato and a little salt.
Mix it around and then close the pressure cooker lid. Pressure cook on high for around 15 to 20 minutes.
Clean the excess fat off the lamb. Open the pressure cooker (quick release), then add the lamb, tomato paste, black pepper, balsamic vinegar, and bay leaves.
Close the pressure cooker, and cook on high for around an hour.
Open the pressure cooker (quick release), then boil off the excess water until the sauce thickens. Taste and adjust the salt and sugar as needed.