Sunday, April 13, 2014

Fish Pie - Use up your Leftovers

Our friends Mary and Heinzie were staying for the weekend to help celebrated the Beloved's Turn of the Decade Birthday.

After a good kick off start on Friday, Saturday had to be a quiet night, so that we would be in good form for the big Party on Sunday.
A couple of weeks previously our friend Skid, brought us up from Taupo... a trout, caught by his fair hands only 15 hours before. I was worried that we wouldn't want it straight away, so it went into the freezer for a later date.
Perfect time to bring it out.
Saturday night dinner.

I cooked the trout the only way I know how.
It is a very delicate fish and I think it needs some flavour boost.

Take your headless, gutted fish
Season the fish inside and out with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
Fill the seasoned cavity with thin slices of red onion and lemon

In a large baking dish, place some more sliced onions and lemons
Use this as a trivet and sit the fish on top.
Pour over some white
Cover with foil and into a 180C oven

Cook till a skewer slides through the fish

This should take about 20 - 30 minutes, depending on the size of the fish

This method of cooking keeps the flesh moist and delicious

Then you remove the skin and slice off the flesh
Trout is a very boney fish so be careful
So I served it with Mashed Potato and Garlic Green Beans.
Delicious

Sometimes, I make a dressing with the juices but I now have a new seafood dressing...
which I am loving.
So simple
Got the idea from the Trusty Triple Tested Recipe Book

I have made a couple of changes. Rum instead of Brandy
But use Brandy if you have it
They suggested Chili Sauce but I love Sriracha Sauce so I used that

1/2 cup Mayonnaise
1 tablespoon minced Celery
1 teaspoon minced red onion or shallot
1 teaspoon Cider or White wine Vinegar
 Freshly ground Black Pepper
1 tablespoon Sriracha Sauce
2 tablespoons Rum or Brandy
1 teaspoon parsley
Sea salt

Blend well
Put into the fridge, best to let it set for a couple hours
Perfect with trout or any seafood

So I have digressed too much
Back to the Fish Pie

Of course there was leftover Trout, also leftover Hot Smoked Salmon
Which we had had on crackers, as an appetiser
Heaps of Mashed Potato and also Green beans
Over catering again!
What to do but Fish Pie of course

So I made a Bechamel sauce
For the Roux

4 tablespoons butter 
1 small onion, finely chopped
4 tablespoons flour
1 teaspoon mustard, I used Dijon
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Zest (finely grated) and juice of 1 medium lemon
2 cups milk, warmed
2 bay leaves


First make your Roux
Melt butter
Add onions cook gently till soft and translucent
Add flour
Stir well and cook out the flour taste, about 3-4 minutes
Season with Salt, pepper and mustard
Add grated lemon zest
Meanwhile warm the milk with the bay leaf (to infuse the milk)
Remove the bay leaf
Add to roux
Stir briskly and then use whisk to make sure there are no lumps
Add lemon juice
Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary

Meanwhile, prepare your fish
Break up the Salmon and carefully break up the trout
Look out for those pesky bones
I also defrosted a dozen prawns

Add to Bechamel Sauce
Along with the fish I added the Green beans
Covered with Leftover Mashed Potato
Baked at 180C till all bubbly and golden about 25 minutes

Voila
Fish Pie

We did manage to have a couple of shots and the compulsory Photo, with the appetiser
Wouldn't be a Heinzie visit, without that


Saturday, April 12, 2014

Yet Another Milestone - Dale's 70th Birthday

It seems we can never let a birthday go by, without some form of celebration and the occasion this year was Dale's 70th birthday.
The Birthday Boy



From a Beautiful Baby to a Handsome Old Man! Great Years Dale

Luckily, we seem to have plenty of photos to illustrate that, no matter how old we are, we still have a great time, with Family and dear Friends. Katie put this Video together for Dale's 65th, with Soundtrack by Craig. I discovered it a couple of days ago.
Great family history. Friends might recognise a few faces
video

The actual day of birth was earlier in the week and we had lunch with Terry and Lois who unfortunately weren't able to join us at the Bash, Same place, different time.
Lois and Dale
Terry and Dale
So we all gathered at the Windsor Castle on Sunday April 6th. So thrilled so many people were able to come.  Visitors from out of town, Los Angeles, Hawkes Bay, Wellington, Lower Hutt, Mt Maunganui, Hamilton and even the North Shore!
Of course it was a great occasion. Celebrating 25,550 days of a full on life. Thank you Deb for the calculation, NOT

Dale and Ngaire

Some visitors from out Of Town

George, Annie, Jane, Sunflowers and Dale

Big Hugs Pale Dale from the Sperms, Glimpse of Darran on the right
Penny, Diana and Marianne
George holding court

Two Wrighsons and a Visitor from Hawkes Bay

Our pride and Joy. Mia, Cleo, Sophia and Joseph

Rocky, Dan, Johm and another visitor from Hawkes Bay

Gilli, Helen and Jeannie

An Aries Selfie, could almost be twins

Looking very quizzical!

Just got off the Devomport Ferry. Jan, Gerry, Sharon, Pete, Elpie and David...The Arrival


The Departure - Took a while - Costing the taxpayer a fortune. Old people On The Buses

Old People waiting for the bus

Looking a little like Browns Cows

Just thought it was very funny at the bus stop
Sorry I digressed Back to the party
Henizie between 2 of his dancing partners Lana and Julia

Dale with Karen, John and JT Lurking in the background

Who's holding court, Craig, or Jules

Larry preparing for his Job as Team Photographer

Dave, Diana and a touch of Marianne

Star of the Day not bad for 70 really

Ms Sherl, Dale and Johnny

The thorn between 2 roses. Sheryl and Debbie

Craig and Dave

Lucy, Sexy and Jules and a surprised Jeannie
Annie and Debbie,, lurking ion the back Penny, Lana a touch of Gilli and John Hughes

In their own shot Penny and Lana

Deb, Barry and Dale

Barry and Dale

Add Craig and it makes 3

2 Debbies and 1 Elpie

Cath and Lana

Brian and Barry, with Rocky lurking in the background

Gerry and Diana in deep conversation behind Sharon and Jeannie

Daddy and Daughter, Like Peas in a Pod




Deb and Dale

Chris, Rob, Annie and Rocky

Debbie and Lucy

Karen and Shannon

Jeans and Karen

Mr Dan

A Rob Thorn, between Faine and Jane

Tina and Tim, John and Grunter

Jude and Bridgie

Ms Cara

A slightly surprised Helen, watch out for your finger Shannon

What a lovely couple,

Another lovely couple
Katie and Debbie
Larry and Elizabeth
Jeannie, Annette and Birthday Boy
Lana, Jeannie and Johnny
Catching up Heinzie and John Morton
Lisa and Ms June




















Two J's, June and JT



Debbie Flanked by two Older Men John Mac and Dale






Lovely to have the family around us
Marianne, Gerry and George
John Hughes and Ms Sherl

It's been about 20 years since Dale last met Brian





So far So Good




Dale being wrangled into Place by Jane and Bridgie, so he could watch his Mia perform



Done


Dan getting Mia ready


Mia, you did us proud




Dale surrounded by Women again... Sophia and Gilli
Mr Knig with Mr Cullimore Two beards No waiting

Always plenty to say from Ms Gilli. Poor Gerry

Two Heinzies surrounding Steve.

Debbie and Jeannie D

Lovely shot ladies, Jules and Elpie

Anne and Murray, now that's a good looking couple
A Photo Bomb - Elpie, Debbie and Catherine
Anna chatting to Elizabeth, Shannon engrossed in the Montage of Photos
Nice back Nigel. Better than nothing I guess
 Of course, what a Wrightson Party be without Music and Dancing
First Up Mr John 'Hank B' Morton
A Medley of The Shadows Greatest Hits




 So When John Finished.
Along Came Craig
He opened with
"Those were the Days My Friends"
So appropriate - there should be a song "These Are Our Days My Friends"
and "Still Crazy After all These Years"

So back to The Present, Dan and Grunter, the Very Famous in New Zealand and  Dubai
The CVE

ACTION

Heinzie - The Girls Favourite Dancing Partner with Lana

So while Heinzie works out, the next generation Chat... BK and Tim


With Bridgie

With Cara
With Julia




















Looking like a Congo Line has formed
















Finally found a shot of Lisa on the left and Glenys on the right, dancing of course

While the girls play. Tim watches




There are some people who have manged to escape the camera or only appear in a small way

That's OK, I have pictures of them
Bert and Ernie AKA Shaun and Darran with Ms Jeannie

Two extras from the Sound of music AKA Ian and Lisa


A Dancing Elsje
An elusive Brian taken with our dear departed friend John at RCYC party a few years. Wish you were here John















Finally
I have to finish with a montage of some shots of the mad friends at our events over the years.
Thank you for joining us, Without you all it would be nothing
The Launch of The Royal Cajun Yacht Club
















The Launch of Cajun Moon
































































































































































































































































The Band.

God so exhausting

And for the final word,  Thanks Everyone for Making this day Special