I have had a tremendous amount of fun cooking with my friends at the anarchist kitchen. Although not an anarchist myself, I value and appreciate their approach to community, and how it is centred around the enjoyment of cooking and the partaking of meals together. Each Wednesday is a lesson in language, Greek cooking and community. I’ve decided this post to be the first is a series of dishes that we have cooked together. My hope is that through the enjoyment of these recipes you will have a glimpse of the crazy and exciting fun I have each week with my anarchist friends.
Fish Croquettes or psarokeftedes may not be much to look at but they taste amazing. With a crunchy exterior and soft centre, the subtle flavours of dill and onion really enhance the flavour of the fish. The fist time I bit into one, If I had not just cooked them, I would have sworn there was cheese inside. An amazing feat for a fish dish! The recipe below is based on the one we cooked together at the kitchen. Feel free to modify it to your taste.
What you need:
- 1 bunch of green onions bottoms only, finely chopped
- 1 bunch dill finely chopped
- 1 handful of parsley finely chopped
- 1/2 kilo fish suitable for soups etc. We used Hake (or at least I thought that is what it was!)
- 1 can of beer
- 2 eggs
- 2 cups flour
- 100g smoked salmon finely chopped
- Enough milk to poach the fish in
- 2-3 whole allspice
- 1 tsp whole black peppercorns
- Salt to taste
- Oil for frying (enough to fill 2″ in the bottom of your pan)
How it’s done:
- Poach the fish in the milk, allspice and pepper until cooked and soft.
- Remove from heat. Allow to cool and remove all the bones.
- Mix thoroughly the fish, onions, parsley salmon and dill.
- Add the flour and continue mixing.
- Add the beer.
- Separate the eggs and add the yolks to the mixture.
- Beat the whites until frothy and then add them to the mixture.
- You should have a mixture like really thick pancake batter. Let it sit for five minutes or so.
- Heat the frying oil
- When the oil is hot, drop spoonfuls of the batter into the oil and fry until done.
- It’s as easy as that….Enjoy.