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Pike dumplings, or quenelles, to be exact, are an ancient preparation for the bony fish, but any fish will work here. These are light as air and are perfect floating in a clear broth – in this case, a wild mushroom broth.
Virtually all of the best soups in this world are somehow interactive — broth and goodies surrounded by an array of condiments you can pick and choose from. Vietnamese pho is a classic case. Why not take that idea, but use cold climate ingredients?
This is my homage to the North Country, where wild rice and pike, walleye and perch are king. These fish cakes are made with pike from Manitoba, but you could use any white fish. Mixed with mustard, herbs and wild rice, they are easy to make and wonderful to eat.
Winter is a dark time, short days, cold weather. So I thought I’d make a dish that revels in this, something dark and brooding… and delicious. I present to you, Snow in Winter. It’s snow goose, black trumpet mushrooms, and so much more.
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Duck breast. Beer. Wild berries. What’s not to love? This is an original recipe very, very loosely inspired by an Icelandic dish that uses beer and malt (or beer) vinegar as the main component in the sauce. It’s one of the first times I’ve used beer this way, and it won’t be the last.
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Beer vinegar. Why is this stuff not in everyone’s pantry? Crazy, because it’s awesome. Think malt vinegar x 1,000, especially if you make it with a good, dark beer. Think of the possibilities, with various kinds of beer…
Pairing venison with fruit is an age-old thing, and blueberry or huckleberries are a particularly good match. This recipe is an Icelandic version that is not sweet at all. The blueberries are balanced with mushrooms and wine to make a really classy yet easy dish.
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Northern pike make an excellent soup fish, as they are lean, white and firm — and, when you fillet them, you often get odd-shaped pieces that work well cut into soup bits. This is my take on Northern pike soup, done Manitoba style.