I lived with my parents
for about ten years. My father
is an avid fisherman
and would often bring home salmon. I loved the way he cooked
it, but my favorite was when he smoked
it. He tends to smoke it differently than you can get from a store. He uses more heat than I believe is traditional
The result is almost like jerky
in that it is mostly cooked, but unlike jerky the meat remains moist
and tender. This type of smoking is widely used by people who smoke their own salmon. I don't really care for the type of smoked salmon you find in stores.
I prefer my smoked salmon on cracker
s with cheese
. Occasionally I like to mix it with some mayo and pickles for spreading on bread
. Once I made a devilish cheese ball
with some of my fathers smoked salmon.
When I moved to the Lower 48
I was surprised at how tremendously expensive
salmon was, and at the generally appalling quality of the fish
. I have never bought salmon.
For the record, while I like bagel
s, I have never had salmon on a bagel. I don't really like the sound of it, as I usually associate bagels as a breakfast food
. Salmon is not a breakfast food. I don't think that makes me anti-Semitic; it makes opinionated