[Sca-cooks] An overlooked feast day of culinary significance...

Phil Troy / G. Tacitus Adamantius adamantius1 at verizon.net
Fri Jun 26 07:31:43 PDT 2009

Hullo, the list!

I missed this one, although I did think of it at the time, but there's  
been this high-school-graduating-and-moving-to-another-city-to-go-to- 
college Evil Spawn to deal with, so I promised myself I'd post  
something to mark the occasion at my earliest opportunity, which was  

Wednesday, June 24th, was the feast of Saint John the Baptist.

For those of you who celebrate such things, a belated happy one to  
you. For those of you who don't, you can still celebrate the official  
date which, according to Le Menagier, you begin gathering your green  
walnuts for making mixed preserves/compost, the official beginning of  
cherry season in a number of countries/cultures, and the official  
kickoff of the big Danish herring season (as in, when the fleets go  
out, people eat raw fillets with funky garnishes while dancing in the  
streets of Copenhagen, the economic dominance of the Hanseatic League  
is once again safeguarded, or something like that, etc.)

I managed to miss most or all of the Grand Central Oyster Bar's June  
herring festival, which is a shame since this is probably one of the  
ones I would have shown up for and actually gotten what I asked for:  
it seems that every time I show up in the Official Season for shad or  
softshell crabs, they've just run out. For some reason they never seem  
to be out of fresh, raw herring in June. I can't imagine why that  
is ;-). I'm sure they'd cook it, too, but I usually just get the raw  
fillets with capers, chopped onion, egg yolk, etc. -- a classic.

Well, enjoy your cherries, your compost, and your herring!


"Most men worry about their own bellies, and other people's souls,  
when we all ought to worry about our own souls, and other people's  
			-- Rabbi Israel Salanter

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