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Anchovies with everything
« on: December 14, 2013, 02:11:20 am »
I discovered anchovies by mistake. I wasn't long in Spain. I wanted some olives to go with a beer but my Castellano wasn't nearly up to the job, and I got a small plate of salty fish bits instead.

I set about them as though I'd meant to order them and, although I was squeamish at the start, by the end I knew I was going to be ordering them again, if only I could remember the happy mistake that led to them in the first place.

Now I put them into everything I think they'll suit. Almost every pasta sauce. Scrambled eggs. Cheese on toast. Stew. Anything with beef innit. Many fish dishes (salmon, paella: yes. fish and chips: no). Spread over tuna (whole fillet, or tinned mushed with mayo): delish.

Love them or hate them?

If you love them, what have you done with them that I need to know?
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Ruth

Re: Anchovies with everything
« Reply #1 on: December 14, 2013, 08:20:46 am »
I love 'em.

Just eat them straight out the tin!  Nommy salty fishy nomness.

Not those olives with anchovies though, they are soaked in brine and it makes the anchovies go all tasteless and squidgy.

Re: Anchovies with everything
« Reply #2 on: December 14, 2013, 09:26:44 am »
Love hate relationship here. Love them in stews, on pizza etc basically cooked into anything. Hate them raw by themselves or in olives and the like.
I think you'll find it's a bit more complicated than that.

Re: Anchovies with everything
« Reply #3 on: December 14, 2013, 09:31:22 am »
I use this a lot, a bit like British Nuoc Mam
http://www.britishcornershop.co.uk/geo-watkins-anchovy-sauce?gclid=COXuw6azr7sCFSP4wgodmmUAxQ

Not the same, but hugely versatile

Re: Anchovies with everything
« Reply #4 on: December 14, 2013, 09:40:18 am »
Love them, unfortunately the kids don't so I don't get to eat them very often - though chopped up tiny and cooked in a bean soup/casserole they add an unidentifiable extra warming-ness. I won't eat the tinned ones solo, but the fresh/pickled ones from the deli are the perfect treat.

Not those olives with anchovies though, they are soaked in brine and it makes the anchovies go all tasteless and squidgy.

Those are edible once you've convinced yourself they're not anchovies, just "weird tasting olives". Anchovies and olives are fantastic, if eaten like this:


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Re: Anchovies with everything
« Reply #5 on: December 14, 2013, 02:08:02 pm »
That's one hell of a treacle tart!
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Re: Anchovies with everything
« Reply #6 on: December 14, 2013, 02:13:58 pm »
In a Pugliese style sauce* on orecchiette and broccoli. Yum2.

Olive oil, chilli, garlic and anchovies.

Re: Anchovies with everything
« Reply #7 on: December 14, 2013, 02:52:13 pm »
Love 'em!  Capers too :-)

Puttanesca
http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2010/jun/20/nigel-slater-classic-recipe-spaghetti-alla-puttanesca

Jansson's Temptation ... OK purists will say it's sprats rather than Anchovies, but believe me, the heretics win hands down!  Easy peasy.
http://www.deliciousmagazine.co.uk/recipes/janssons-temptation

Worcestershire Sauce is of course based on Anchovies.

Re: Anchovies with everything
« Reply #8 on: December 14, 2013, 04:15:01 pm »
In a Pugliese style sauce* on orecchiette and broccoli. Yum2.

Olive oil, chilli, garlic and anchovies.

And a single room   ;)

Lovely though
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Re: Anchovies with everything
« Reply #9 on: December 14, 2013, 05:35:08 pm »
Love hate relationship here. Love them in stews, on pizza etc basically cooked into anything. Hate them raw by themselves or in olives and the like.
I'm completely the opposite I love them raw but I think cooking them ruins them. Not bad on pizzas though but would rather have a pizza with raw ones on.

Re: Anchovies with everything
« Reply #10 on: December 14, 2013, 06:17:52 pm »
In a Pugliese style sauce* on orecchiette and broccoli. Yum2.

Olive oil, chilli, garlic and anchovies.

And a single room   ;)

Lovely though


Why, what's wrong with broccoli?

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Re: Anchovies with everything
« Reply #11 on: December 14, 2013, 06:56:46 pm »
PARP!

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Re: Anchovies with everything
« Reply #12 on: December 14, 2013, 09:39:08 pm »
 :sick:
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Re: Anchovies with everything
« Reply #13 on: December 14, 2013, 10:21:36 pm »
PARP!

I find that Omeprazole is more effective! Brassicas don't cause any of the three of us much trouble. Jerusalem artichokes, on the other hand, come close to making me levitate.

Re: Anchovies with everything
« Reply #14 on: December 14, 2013, 10:22:57 pm »

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Re: Anchovies with everything
« Reply #15 on: December 15, 2013, 08:19:23 pm »
Anchovies  :sick:
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Re: Anchovies with everything
« Reply #16 on: December 15, 2013, 09:38:42 pm »
I've been trying for a long time to think up a way of encapsulating a knot of anchovies as a surprise package in the middle of a trifle.
I've dusted all those old bottles and set them up straight.

Re: Anchovies with everything
« Reply #17 on: December 15, 2013, 10:03:02 pm »
Worcestershire Sauce is of course based on Anchovies.

Well I never! Just checked my bottle and - sure enough - there they are!
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Re: Anchovies with everything
« Reply #18 on: December 15, 2013, 10:06:03 pm »
I love 'em.

Just eat them straight out the tin!  Nommy salty fishy nomness.

Not those olives with anchovies though, they are soaked in brine and it makes the anchovies go all tasteless and squidgy.

Yes to all of that. I didn't realise that it was the brine that made the anchovy tasteless, but it makes sense. I love olives, but I'm not fond of them (with/without anchovies) in brine.
L'enfer, c'est les autos.

Re: Anchovies with everything
« Reply #19 on: December 15, 2013, 10:12:20 pm »
Love 'em!  Capers too :-)

I was at a funeral recently (one of my lovely aunts died. It was time, but sad nonetheless). One of the guests was in sales. During a discussion about selling I explained that I liked anchovies and he said that with that information he would put me in a category of people who would also go for olives and capers. There must be something about these foods that connects. Saltiness, I suppose.
L'enfer, c'est les autos.

Re: Anchovies with everything
« Reply #20 on: December 16, 2013, 08:16:14 am »
I've been trying for a long time to think up a way of encapsulating a knot of anchovies as a surprise package in the middle of a trifle.

You are Heston Bloominawful and ICMFP

T42

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Re: Anchovies with everything
« Reply #21 on: December 16, 2013, 09:14:37 am »
Worcestershire Sauce is of course based on Anchovies.

Well I never! Just checked my bottle and - sure enough - there they are!

My son detests fish in every form. He loved Worcester sauce until I pointed this out.
I've dusted all those old bottles and set them up straight.

Re: Anchovies with everything
« Reply #22 on: December 19, 2013, 04:08:07 pm »
Tell him about Hendersons Relish. Similar taste to Worcester sauce but no anchovies (its actually OK for vegans).
I think you'll find it's a bit more complicated than that.