The Weekly Shop: Fake Fish

Pesce Finto
Pesce Finto ("fake fish")

It’s been a tricky couple of weeks chez Dietz but food-wise at least, I’ve still managed to be wildly spoilt, so I really shouldn’t complain.  There’s been a lunch of freshly-caught trout from a fantastic fish restaurant in the forest; my husband’s version of Saltimbocca alla Romana (veal with parma ham and sage); and a huge mound of perfect purple plums dropped off by my mother-in-law.  I’ve contentedly experimented with my terrific Lebanese cookbook; and been treated to home-cooked Italian food by a new friend who brought Pesce Finto to a playdate:  “false fish” is a potato, tuna, sardine and caper dish served cold from a fish-shaped mould and it’s absolutely delicious – fishy, salty and rather refreshing.

Last night, I attended the party of a Korean friend who dished up a staggering array of incredible food for a very enthusiastic crowd, including Kimchi pancakes, spicy pork, fresh summer rolls and sweet potato noodles as well as a few non-Korean treats such as mini Frikadelle (German burgers) sandwiched between tiny, heart-shaped slices of brown pita bread.  And to top it all off, my husband and I are about to cart the Mini Dietz off down to the South of France to celebrate the wedding of a very good friend, so I’m looking forward to a couple of weeks of sun, sea and snails.  As I said… I really definitely shouldn’t complain!

Food news and recipes from Germany…

10 things you won’t find at a German grill party
Creative German Cuisine: Spaghetti Eis
★ How to make really good hamburger buns (for those suffering in Germany without)

…and further afield:

★ A truly brilliant French idea for using the lumpy, bumpy fruit and vegetables that supermarkets usually choose not to stock (would you buy an inglorious orange?)

The world’s biggest buffet (in a rather surprising location.  Clue?  There’s snails and foie gras!)
What to do with bruised fruit
Minimalist kit for the travelling cook.

Hope you’ve all had a terrific couple of weeks, and thanks for sticking with Eating Wiesbaden even though things have been a bit quiet here of late!

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