Monday, April 9, 2012

Canned Fish Is Not Photogenic

Kat didn't have to go to school today, but is unfortunately not feeling well.  I have my hands full with caring for her and all the usual things as well, so today's post will be short and sweet. 

I hope all of you had a nice weekend, whether you enjoyed Easter, Passover, or just a relaxing weekend.  Our weekend was just about like any other -- except for the fish.  Shane went on an impromptu fishing trip on Saturday.  Or more accurately, a snagging trip, since he and his friend John were fishing for spoonbill (aka paddlefish).  If you've never seen a spoonbill, it looks like this: 

Shane didn't snag one, but John did.  Since he'd already snagged two the day before, he gave the one he got Saturday to us, and we went out to his house to clean it and cook some of it.  This fish is not flaky, but firm, similar to swordfish.  It is a little wild and fishy tasting, but IMO, not nearly as fishy as river catfish.  We enjoyed what we cooked, but John decided he didn't like spoonbill after all.  So, in an oddly fortunate turn of events, we ended up with all of the fish John snagged. 

It was too late on Saturday to do anything with it, so we waited until Sunday morning, quickly thawed what John had frozen so that we could cut it and bag it our liking, and refroze it.  What was fresh from Saturday's catch ended up in jars in the pressure canner.  All together, we had 17 pounds.  (If any of you are in the know, you know that 17 pounds isn't much of a yield from 3 spooners; all I can really say is that Shane does a more detailed processing of game and fish than John does.)  We froze 9 pounds, cooked and ate about 3 pounds and canned the rest to be used later in patties or a salad similar to tuna.  Canned fish tastes good, but it makes an ugly picture.

Kat enjoyed the annual Easter egg hunt with her step-dad's extended family.  One of her grandmas on that branch of the family tree bought her these Star Wars pancake forms.  We haven't tried them out yet, but I'm thinking that a "breakfast for dinner" meal is in order for this week so that we can.

The week ahead looks busy from here.  Since the canner was already out, I am canning pinto beans today for the convenience they'll provide later.  Tomorrow will be a day to get some housework done and hopefully start sewing an apron I owe a new friend.  Wednesday Kat has both a morning and an afternoon doctor appointment so we'll be busy with those all day.  Thursday she has an early release day from school and Friday will be another day to catch up on housework.  The week's going to fly by, I can tell. 

What do you have planned for the week?
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