So first of all i’d like to say, RIP Jerome David (J.D.) Salinger. January 1, 1919 – January 27, 2010. You were a mean old man, but an amazing writer. 91 years on this earth, Farewell, chap.
On to my post. :)
We had a more modern look about us though. ;)
After trekking out to Lake Lookout in Waywayanda State Park:
The Yellow fish marks the spot where we set up camp. This photo is from a warmer time, obviously. There was snow all over the lake. We Augured a hole in the ice .. Not our auger.. but it looked the same.. ours was red. :) We set up a fire in a metal bucket between us for warmth. I set up the fishing lines, and we were off. We snacked on cheese, pepperoni, and hot cocoa, yum! The holes we cut out were about 10 inches deep! The ice was THAT thick. :) The water was freezing up quick so we had the jiggle the lines around to clear the ice. The second time i jiggled my line, i thought i was caught on something. Well, i was! It was a FISH! :) i reeled him in and .. i KEPT him! With intentions of cooking him. (sorry vegans and vegetarians all around the world). He was my first catch that i was able to reel-in in about 10 years!
So we put him on the ice. I heard its more humane? The extreme cold causes him to sleep? And then pass away while sleeping? not sure if thats true. I’m sorry poor fish, but you were stupid enough to bite a fluorescent pink hook in the wintertime.
Anywhoo.. we packed him in snow and took him home and looked up that he was a Chain Pickerel. Then Ian de-scaled, gutted and cleaned him. Those photos are also on his camera, oh well.
14×14 Parchment Paper
2 heaping tbsp of butter
Handful of Capers
Juice of Half a lemon
A few pinches of Salt
A few pinches of pepper
i melted up the butter and combined in the lemon juice in a mug. Sprinkled in the salt and pepper and just drizzled it over and inside my fish. Then i topped with some capers and shoved some inside too. :)
I folded up the Parchment as best as i could. i guess twine or some kind of string that wouldn’t burn would’ve worked tied around it.. but I just folded it over as much as it could til it stayed somewhat closed.
I put the folded paper with the fish inside on a wire rack.. then i popped that bad boy in the oven on 400 degrees. :)
i flipped him over and the second half that was cooking in the lemon and butter was SO GOOD. :) tasty and moist and oh so yum!
R.I.P. You poor delicious Fish.