Baked fish for Good Friday from Norway

We’ve started the Easter Holiday. Actually the Easter break started last Friday and a lot of Norwegians have a week off until next Tuesday (the second day of Easter is a holiday too). Since today is Good Friday and we are in Lent season, a lot of Catholics (like my wife Diane) avoid eating meat. Therefore we had fish for dinner. I’m not religious, but I never object to fish!! So this will be another gourmet post – at least to us it tasted that way. As usual, let me invite you to sit in as I continue (click all the pics to enlarge):

Easter Fish: TableMy regular readers know we set the table with our best china and glasses for occasions like this. We had an extra reason to make it special today as Tor (dear colleague and blog friend) is visiting. We had a nice dinner conversation and enjoyed each others company along with this lovely meal. This is what I call Slow Food delight and a good conversation is an important part of it. Our anticipation for the traditional family Easter Egg hunt in the forest at my home town the first day of Easter was of course one of the subjects :-)

My regular readers often ask for the recipe, so this time Diane has carefully listed it up and I’ll share as you see the ingredients:

Easter Fish Ingredient #1 800 grams white fish such as cod or haddock
1 dl leek sliced, 1 dl fennel diced, 4 tomatoes sliced, 6 small cooked potatoes, 1 onion diced, 1 ts dried parsley, 1 ts fresh or dried thyme, 1/2 bay leaf, 1 garlic clove diced, 2 dl fish bouillon, 2 dl white wine, and 2 ts tomato paste

Peel and cook potatoes until almost done, slice into nice even slices. Fry onion, leek, fennel, and garlic in butter about 10 minutes. Add in fish bouillon, white wine, thyme, parsley and bay leaf. Boil lightly until vegetables are tender – about 20 minutes.

Butter the baking pan or glass dish. Layer potatoes and add some more spices to taste, salt and pepper. Layer fish, pour over vegetable and sauce mixture, and top with sliced tomatoes. If you would like a brown top like mine sprinkle with breadcrumbs, and I like to sprinkle some more spices over. Bake in (200 C/350 F) oven for 30 minutes or until nicely browned and fish is cooked through.

Then I guess you are eager to see the result, fresh from the own:

Easter Fish Pan

But since it was a special day on a special occasion with a special guest, we also had an appetizers:
Easter Fish: Appetizer
Salmon pate, shellfish pate – shrimp salad and caviare on crackers.

Then finally – the sensational: ‘Poisson a la Marseillaisse (Fish Marseillaisse)’ – served with white wine of course: ‘Les Fumées Blanches – Sauvignon Blance’:
Easter Fish: Dish
Bonne Apetit

Tomorrow we’re going from our vacation home in Sweden to my home town for the annual family Easter Egg hunt. This means I’ll be rather busy the next days, but stay tuned for another adventure post from deep in the Norwegian forest on Tuesday!

Wishing you All A Happy Easter!

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  1. I did have an excellent dinner tonight;)) The one above this comment.

    I was waiting in the living room, with my PC in front, eager to know what was going on in the Kitchen. I felt the wonderful and exotic smells, but had no idea what was on this evenings menu.

    And know all the exciting ingredients and the recipe are revealed for the whole blogger world. That’s what I call to share a splendid and memorable meal.

    Hi folks, make it yourself;))

    Thanks for your visit and joyful company at the table Tor. It’s always nice to have a nice conversation with you!
    I know you’ve been busy bloging – we all have been :lol: – these days and have actually shared a lot with all our blog friends!

  2. As usual, the food looks fresh and so yummy! I love fish… Have you ever had fish soup? It’s a French speciality, actually from the city of Marseilles. I had some in Brittany lately and it was so good… especially with cheese and croutons (hard bread)!

    You know I love people who love fish Zhu :-)
    I’ve tasted a lot of fish soup and since you talk about French, you might refer to ‘Bouillabaisse’. If so, I just love it!

  3. To Zhu will I say that we talked about fish soup from Marseilles while we sat at the dinner table. And Renny great job on the post…the dinner looks so mouthwatering I am ready for seconds!

    Thanks darling and also for coming up with the idea of such a great dinner – your the chef and the greatest!

  4. Another good recipe. poisson à la Marseillaise with white wine! I adore! You had again good time all together around the table. the china is so beautiful! I see you wrote several post since I wasn’t on the web cause inspection. I’ll come back as soon as possible to read all but now I go to bed because I fall sleeping!
    I ‘ll have a look on eggs expedition too!

    I knew you would love it Claudie – wish you and your husband could join us around the table!
    Your welcome back any time you know and also for a new egg expedition on Tuesday!

  5. Hhmmm ! that would be something for me ! It looks delicious ! A lot of people here eat fish on Fridays because Belgium is a catholic country. It’s just the use because only 17 % (!!!) of the population is practisizing and goes to church !
    Can you believe it, today (Easter saturday) it has snowed !! It hadn’t snowed the whole winter ! I feel like celebrating Christmas !

    Good to know you are a fish lover too Gattina! Eating fish for Good Friday is one thing – going to church is another.
    I do believe you. We had a little here in mid Sweden and even more (half a meter) in Oslo! White Easter then :-)

  6. Another fish lover here and everything looks delicious!

    Have a blessed and meaningful Easter holiday, Renny and Diane!

    Love and hugs,

    I knew you would love it Diane!
    Wishing you and your family the same!

  7. it sounds just delicious! and how lovely to have a special friend to share the feast with. :)

    Yea, and a great company he is – enriches the conversation you know :)

  8. Sounds so good! Even though it is still morning here and I had even no breakfast, I’m hungry now!
    Nice post and tasty photos.:-)

    Happy Easter to you, Renny!

    Maybe you should eat your breakfast first and then have fish later on :-)
    Wishing you a great one too Susanne!

  9. Wow, what a wonderful looking dinner – and you had fellow blogger Tor along for good measure. My tuna salad sandwich just doesn’t compare to your gastronomic feast! Have a wonderful Easter holiday!

    Glad you liked it too – and had a bite of fish too today :)
    Wishing you a wonderful one too!

  10. hi Renny
    I hope you and Diane have a wonderful Easter weekend…
    thanks for posting the recipe …it looks delicious…I will definitely try it out :)

    Hi Kim
    We have had a great time. Stop by tomorrow to see our Easter Egg hunt adventures!
    Glad you liked it – I’m sure you can make it delightful too :)

  11. RennyBA if I ever make to visit you, I am going to be in so much trouble. I just cant stand seafood. I am going to starve at your house.

    But, it does LOOK delicious. Erm, dont they have any tofu over there?

    Happy Easter, RennyBA and Diane

    Don’t you worry Susie – there is a lot more than seafood from traditional Norwegian food – no one starve in our house!
    Chinese (like tofu) isn’t that common, but when you come to visit, we can try to make some together?
    Thanks – wish you a great one too!

  12. Looks like quite a feast … so nice you can share it with good friends!

    We had a great time – I know fish isn’t your cup of tea, but good friendship is so welcome over and join us whenever you like!

  13. Wow, everything looks wonderful. Hope you enjoyed the Easter weekend. :)

    Glad you liked it too Sandee!
    We had and a lovely Easter Bunny Egg hunt today – stay tuned: I’ll post about it tomorrow.
    Hope you had a great one too!

  14. envy Tor
    Lucky Tor, he gets to spend holidays and dinners with you!
    Happy Easter!
    waits for Egg Hunt

    But ECL: You and your family is welcome to join us next year!
    Hope you had a good one too!

  15. What a great food. I never try such a Norway food before, But the image on top make me think that all of them are delicious

    I know your food in Thailand is quite different, but the recipe is simple: why don’t give it a try!

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