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Sunday, March 7, 2010

at last a glimpse of spring

my local fish man - the stenbiderrogn is the pink-ish stuff in the bowl upper left.
i knew that spring was on its way at last when i stepped into the fish store saturday morning and lo and behold, there was a big bowl of stenbiderrogn - google translator tells me that stenbider is lumpfish, but i have to say that a literal translation of "stone biter" sounds better in my ears. these delectable fish eggs taste of pure spring and the season doesn't last long - from late february to late april, sometimes into may.

stenbiderrogn w/creme fraiche and red onions

the best way to eat them is very simply. toast a piece of ordinary sliced bread, butter it generously, add a good spoonful of the lightly salty pink roe, a dollop of creme fraiche and a sprinkling of finely-chopped red onions. the fresh, springy pop of the eggs between your teeth just cannot be beat. they don't taste fishy at all, but light and fresh. a sure sign of spring. at least here in denmark.

7 comments:

MissBuckle said...

Yum!

Char said...

uhmmm, yeah. no. LOL

Teri said...

Very interesting! I would love to try such.

DH works as the medical officer on a fish processing ship and they harvest literally TONS of ikura salmon caviar each season.

Just a Plane Ride Away said...

That looks amazing!!

M said...

how lucky you are to live in a country where they HAVE "fishmongers". sigh. - sent from almost the middle of the continent.... Michelle/Madison

Anne said...

Hrm. Fish and I tend not to get along very well, but I'd be willing to give this a try--especially if it is, as you say, not fishy at all.

But hey, spring! Glad it's creeping northward and into your neck of the woods.

Bee said...

Such a lovely coral color . . . they look delectable. Just wondering: Will Sabin eat them?

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