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Lofoten Islands, Norway

Discussion in 'Hook, Line & Sinker...' started by Janne, Feb 11, 2016.

  1. Janne

    Janne Bushcrafter through and through

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    It was a good trip!
    2 weeks just fly by.
    Fishing was superb. It was fun to collect the mussels and limpets.

    Mussel soup? I never had that! How fo you cook it?
     
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    Wow, you haven't had mussel soup before? You are in for a treat!
    You can cook it different ways, depending on what you like, but my favourite is the creamy one with white wine and garlic.

    You make a stock from mussels, garlic, onions and white wine. Fry the onion and garlic in some butter or neutral oil first, but don't burn them.
    Drain the stock when the mussels have opened. Remove the shells if you want to.
    Add cream, root vegetables (like f.ex carrots, selleri, fennel and leek), salt and pepper, a squeeze of lemon into the stock. Whatever you might like actually.
    You can even make a spicy version too if you like, with cayenne or chili.
    Cook until veggies are done, and add chosen herbs like f.ex chives, parsley or thyme.
    before serving, add the mussels back into the soup, but don't let them boil! They'll become chewy if you do. Just let them heat up.

    Serve with some nice bread and white wine, and enjoy!
     
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    A developed and civilized version of Moules Marinieres!
    Delicious!

    I will cook that, for sure.
    I am back home, but we can buy fresh Canadian mussels here on Grand Cayman, almost as good as the Norwegian Sea ones!

    You should try a French Rose wine called Whispering Angel.
    You can buy it in the Tax Free area in Gardemoen.
    The Alcohol shop in Leknes ( our closest one in Norway) does not stock it, maybe your local one does?
     
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    Thank you for the tip! I'll keep that name in mind. Maybe I can order it if they don't sell it at the local liquor store.
     
  5. Janne

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    It is superb. Dry, crisp. Goes with everything a warm summer evening!

    It is 199 Kroner a bottle at the TaxFree.
     
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    Time again!
    Thank the Gods it is the 777 we fly, and the rest are European made aircraft. The last one Made in Canada.

    I do not know what we would do if one part of the trip got cancelled....
     
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    Very jealous; we loved the Lofoton Islands. Have fun :)
     
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    Thank you!

    I hope the weather is decent so I can fish. My friends tell me is a fantastic Skrei year, they are very large and plentiful!
     
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    "Melissa's Mussels" (a simple supper for me.)
    Sweat 2 tbs crushed garlic and 2 tbs butter in a large pot.
    Add 1/2C each sliced onions, red & green peppers to sweat/soften.
    Add 1C white wine and heat to boiling. Maybe 1/2 tsp each S&P.

    Add mussels ( maybe 30-35/lb in the shells?) and cook for 8-10 minutes.
    Eat with fresh breads and soft butter.
     
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    Might pick musells too, but I sm not sure how ’meaty’ they are this time of the year.
     
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    Yank a few off and have a chew. Take a lemon. I hope you crunk down on a pearl.

    We have had, from Mexico north, a 2(?) year ban on the coast from Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning.
    Just a week back, looks like some areas are clean again. Been an industry killer.
     
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    I can take ‘small meat’ but am not happy about immersing my arms in sub zero water.
    The nice ones in our secret place all grow below the low water mark.
    I can not access the area at the lowest tide, I do not want to risk damaging the prop.
     
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