Many of you already know, but for those of you who don't, my husband, Nuno, is a devoted angler. When he's not at work or spending time with family, it is safe to say that he's probably out fishing or doing something or other that pertains to the sport. We live just a few minutes drive from Lake Simcoe. Nuno takes his boat out to the lake and enjoys fishing in the spring, summer and fall months. Come winter, the lake begins to freeze over, the boat is stored away, and he excitedly anticipates the start of ice fishing season.
Nuno belongs to the Barrie Bassmasters club of Ontario and is sponsored by several organizations. He has different roles and responsibilities for each one. It's not always easy being the wife of an angler, you know. I have to share him with the fish on many occasions, but I know that nothing makes him happier than a day out fishing. So, of course, I support him! And nothing makes me happier than when he brings home perch!
Yellow perch are my favourite lake fish. They are relatively small, in comparison to the larger bass, pike, and trout Nuno catches, and they are absolutely perfect for pan frying! Last week, Nuno caught so many, we decided to host a fish fry at home!
I did say there were perks to being an angler's wife, right? Well, it means we can get free meals! You definitely won't starve to death with a fisherman living at home! And, I never have to "fix" the fish Nuno catches. He always cleans and fillets them himself.
Here are all the perch, perfectly filleted by Nuno; free of any skin or bones.
The only thing I have to do, is prepare the fillets for frying...
Here they are; dredged in flour, egg, and cornmeal
Hot and crispy pan fried perch fillets, layer upon layer
While Nuno fried the fish, I set the table; cooked some rice and put together a garden salad.
The only thing missing were the guests...
There is nothing like gathering around a table to enjoy a good meal and each other's company...
Here they are...my father-in-law and mother-in-law are sitting in the back, along with cousin Peter, who also came to join us. My girls, Anita and Annabel, are sitting on the left and Nuno is sitting on the right. And me? I'm behind the camera. You can see my still-empty plate beside Nuno on the table.
If you look closely, on the table, is my mother-in-law's still-warm, homemade bread. She made it especially for the fish fry. The meal was delicious! I am so thankful for my darling husband and my wonderful family. The blessings at this table are abundant!