Fishing for trout.

It’s my last weekend working with Joint Councils Access for All Abilities – it’s the longest I’ve ever stayed at a job (almost 3 years), and it’s the only one I have loved from beginning to end. JCAAA really launched me into my culinary adventures. My interest in food came early, but my jumble sale of a career of culinary adventures combined with media was instigated by my appointment as program coordinator of the community kitchens. I went to pastry school because it was the same price as a food handlers license. I started a blog because I was cooking so much I wanted to record my recipes. And the rest is history….

On top of that, I met my best friend there. Our Abbott and Costello party routine would go:

‘How do you two know each other?’

Angela: ‘Well….’
Lani: ‘Don’t do it!’
Angela: ‘She’sssssssss..’
Lani: ‘I’m not!’
Angela: ‘She’s ma bawss!’

*both laugh hysterically while question asker giggles mildly uncomfortably*

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Throughout the years I have taken on shifts on other programs, and this weekend, my final weekend with the council, is filled with delicious adventures and dancing. Today, we visited the Trout Farm, and afterwards I was a fun-maker/dancing machine/pizza hander-outerer at the disco.

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I picked up the bus from the council, and then my friend Jen and I started the road trip out past Belgrave. Turning down a dirt road and following the signs from the highway, we ended up in a massive carpark, purchasing tickets to pick up fishing rods and heading out to the trout ponds.

We spent the afternoon in the sun, loading up fishing hooks with gummy bait, casting off into ponds and pulling large salmon and trout up one after another.

Jen and I got one big-ass trout to take home. I cooked it up for brunch for Jen, Angela and I.

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I stuffed it with:
½ inch chopped fresh ginger
2 chopped smoked garlic cloves
2 chopped spring onions
½ stem chopped lemongrass
½ bunch coriander
1 chopped fresh red chilli
4 kaffir lime leaves, torn
3 tablespoons sesame oil.

Seasoned with salt and pepper, and backed in a baking paper and foil packet for about 30 minutes at 350ºF.

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We ate it with toasted brioche and scrambled coriander and chilli eggs.


FRAGRANT ASIAN BAKED TROUT

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Back in University, I used to work for the local council's program for people with physical and intellectual disabilities. We ran really incredible programs and activities - one day, we took everyone to the local Rainbow Trout farm and spent the day fishing for our dinner. We came home with more fish than we could carry - so the easiest way to cook them all up was to bake them in papillote (baking paper), stuffed with herbs. This is more of an idea than a recipe, because it's so flexible - but you must start with very fresh fish!

From fourseasonsoffood.com/2013/11/16/my_last_weekend_working_for_the_council__fishing_for_trout

Yields3 Servings
Prep Time15 minsCook Time30 minsTotal Time45 mins

 1 large trout, whole, gutted
 ½ inch of ginger
 2 chopped garlic (I use smoked)
 2 chopped spring onions
 ½ stem of lemongrass
 ½ bunch of coriander
 1 chopped red chilli
 4 chopped kaffir lime leaves
 3 tbsp sesame oil

1

Stuff the inside of the fish cavity with all ingredients, mixed. Season skin with salt and pepper.

2

To en papillote, take a large square of baking parchment and a similar sized piece of foil. Placing the paper on top of foil, then fish on top of that, pull the two sides at the top and bottom of the fish up and fold/roll the top down a few times. You want to make sure the packet is standing tall, with sufficient air space at the top for the fish to steam. You don't want the paper touching the top of the fish. Make sure you use a large enough piece of paper.

3

Bake for 30 minutes at 180ºC/350ºF.

Serve with coconut rice, plain rice, or salad.

Ingredients

 1 large trout, whole, gutted
 ½ inch of ginger
 2 chopped garlic (I use smoked)
 2 chopped spring onions
 ½ stem of lemongrass
 ½ bunch of coriander
 1 chopped red chilli
 4 chopped kaffir lime leaves
 3 tbsp sesame oil

Directions

1

Stuff the inside of the fish cavity with all ingredients, mixed. Season skin with salt and pepper.

2

To en papillote, take a large square of baking parchment and a similar sized piece of foil. Placing the paper on top of foil, then fish on top of that, pull the two sides at the top and bottom of the fish up and fold/roll the top down a few times. You want to make sure the packet is standing tall, with sufficient air space at the top for the fish to steam. You don't want the paper touching the top of the fish. Make sure you use a large enough piece of paper.

3

Bake for 30 minutes at 180ºC/350ºF.

Serve with coconut rice, plain rice, or salad.

Fragrant Asian Baked Trout


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