Happy Thursday to all you Wonderful Winos and here's to great things!
Yesterday, I was blessed to receive a fish - a big fish - a striper in fact, 38.5 inches, which a fisherman caught yesterday morning at the local beach here and then gifted to me.
How humbled, flattered, and delighted am I!
I paired this with an extraordinary California Chardonnay, "Far Niente," (an expression meaning "without a care"), and will admit that when dragging this fish right off the beach yesterday morning, and then preparing it and sipping THIS wine, I was "without a care" momentarily indeed and reminded not only about the "kindness of strangers," but about how wine can most certainly transport me, in an instant, (good wine that is) to somewhere else - whimsy evoked in my soul - and all is right with the world!
I smoked the head (see the fish section of the forums) and that was DELICIOUS! The body wouldn't fit on my smoker but I seared that and used the skin and cracklings for some colored rice that got stuffed into the pan seared fish body and it all was so good!!!
The smoked tail was lovely too! And that wine? It was simply quite beautiful. Like today!
Happy Thursday to all! Please sip and smoke, "without a care," and with such joy for everything that is!!!!!!!
Cheers! - Leah