We had the pleasure of spending most of Saturday and Sunday at a friend’s home on the Nanticoke River in Bivalve, Maryland. It was perfect. We had a beautiful river to fish and swim. We caught crabs. We released crabs. We stayed up late and ate too much, all in the company of wonderful friends. It was the perfect ending to a nice summer.
My Faithful Assistant had the joy of catching his very first fish! It was a Bluefish. I have no idea how much it weighed or how big it was. I know that he named it Jerome. He held it for a very long time until we finally convinced him to put it in a bucket of water. A short time later, Jerome was joined by his companion, Bob. Jerome and Bob were filleted and today, we fried them up for a nice Labor Day Fish Fry lunch.
Labor Day Fish Fry
4 fillets of fish of your choice
1/2 cup flour
1 tsp Old Bay – because I am from Maryland
Salt and pepper
1/2 onion, chopped
1. Heat canola oil in a cast iron pan over medium high heat
2. Toss fish and everything else into a zip lock bag and shake gently until all the fish are coated.
3. Cook on medium high for 5-7 minutes. Flip.
4. Cook for another 5-7 minutes until done.
I am so happy that my Faithful Assistant had the experience of catching a fish and eating it. Both kids will help in the kitchen but there’s something very special about preparing food you have caught or gathered (like the Wineberries we made into wineberry jam).
We left our weekend retreat earlier than anyone really wanted to. But there was a dog who needed us and homework and laundry and all the other un-fun things you avoid doing all summer.
There’s enough fish for my FA (faithful assistant) to take for lunch tomorrow, so he will be able to savor the flavors of summer just a little bit longer.