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Rob R



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 16, 09 12:04 pm    Post subject: Carp  Reply with quote    

No, I'm not disguising a banned word, I'd just like to know of a good way to cook one, preferably on the hob as I'm without an oven at the moment. Could do an outdoor fire, but not quite sure what the weather will be doing tonight. Suggestions please...

sean
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 16, 09 12:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Dunno, I've never cooked carp.
A quick google brings up this though.

Cathryn



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 16, 09 12:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Steamed? Add a few herbs. Outdoor fire wrapped in wet newspaper (a la Keith Floyd) and foil? I haven't done it myself. Tell us what it taste like tomorrow will you? There are old carp ponds at quite a few places. Wonder why it fell out of fashion?

Silas



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 16, 09 12:10 pm    Post subject: Re: Carp Reply with quote    

Rob R wrote:
No, I'm not disguising a banned word, I'd just like to know of a good way to cook one, preferably on the hob as I'm without an oven at the moment. Could do an outdoor fire, but not quite sure what the weather will be doing tonight. Suggestions please...


I wouldn't bother, tastes horrible and is full of bones.

sean
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 16, 09 12:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Gefilte Fish

Cathryn



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 16, 09 12:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Best start cooking now Rob.

Rob R



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 16, 09 12:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Cathryn wrote:
Best start cooking now Rob.


But I've just chucked it in the bin ala Silas

Silas



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 16, 09 12:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Wot, you mean someone actually listened to me?

Cathryn



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 16, 09 12:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I was advised on here that the fish I had wasn't worth eating as it would taste muddy. It didn't, it was delicious.

I just noticed Ixy's post about fish in the pond.


There is a very good old carp pond at house near Cambridge. The carp swim around the edge watching all the visitors watching them. Don't name them.

sean
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 16, 09 12:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

They had a carp farm on the kibbutz that I worked on.

Mrs R



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 16, 09 1:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

well I've been reading about aquaculture, and monks raising fish, and impressive yields of meat/acre, and alternating carp and cattle grazing and all kinds of cool things like that - so we bought some to try.

I'll bin the whole idea though now - thanks silas. That was a close one!

Behemoth



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 16, 09 1:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Apparently they can taste muddy but if kept in clean water for a couple of days that clears up. A bit like purging snails I suppose. I remember HFW doing something similar and cooking one for his RiverCottage landlord and landed neighbours. One particulalry lubricated guest just kep saying, "it tastes like graaaarss, it tastes lik graaaars".

Jonnyboy



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 16, 09 1:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I was given carp soup in London by some Koreans once (long, long story). From what I remember it was fairly spicy.

Parcelled and steamed would work I think, would probably need some robust flavourings.

Rob R



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 16, 09 1:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I was trying to follow the second recipe on sean's first link (MEDIEVAL SWEET AND SOUR FISH) but it doesn't work for me, does it for anyone else?

I'm still on my quest to try as many different new foods as possible so this is just another one off the list of things I've never had.

Silas



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 16, 09 1:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Ixy wrote:
well I've been reading about aquaculture, and monks raising fish, and impressive yields of meat/acre, and alternating carp and cattle grazing and all kinds of cool things like that - so we bought some to try.

I'll bin the whole idea though now - thanks silas. That was a close one!


Well, try it and let us know.

I tried it some years ago and the unanimous verdict was 'never again' and most of it went in the bin. Apart from the taste, it is worse than Pike for bones.

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