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

Susan Fox selene at earthlink.net
Fri Jun 26 07:40:39 PDT 2009

There is probably a comical pie chart for GraphJam.com in a comparison 
of the price and desirability of raw herring with interesting toppings 
at a Danish place vs. a Sushi-ya.  But the number people who would get 
the joke is another small pie chart.


Phil Troy / G. Tacitus Adamantius wrote:
> 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 now.
> 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!
> Adamantius 

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