Brudet

Reason #66: cook a delicious meal out of almost any fish

Selca is not a big place, and as discussed before, there’s no big fish market for us to to pick and choose what’s going to be for dinner. Sometimes it’s just a local guy who caught a bunch of small fish. Take it or leave it!

When you get a bunch of small fish that you can’t do much else with – you make a brudet, one of the yummiest dishes ever. So, we’re not complaining here, at all.

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There’s 6 types of fish in the bunch. Plus, a few shrimp.

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Cute :)

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Ok, so this is simple:

Again, like with practically any other meal here, you start with olive oil and onions. When they’re soft, add the fish.

Prepare some water, vinegar, Vegeta (spices, not the Dragon Ball character), konšerva (concentrated tomato paste), pepper, parsley… what else? I can’t remember. But that’s close enough.

Add that mixture to the fish in the pan. Cook for 20-40 minutes, depending on the size of your fish.

While that’s cooking, make palentacornmeal porridge, to serve with the brudet.

My first attempt at brudet was pretty good. I forgot to add pepper and I could have used more vinegar.

The hardest part for me it’s cleaning the fish before cooking. I’ve only done it twice so far, so I still mess up the whole kitchen and it takes me forever. Aunt Nada suggested I do it outside next time. Good idea.

UPDATE: Ok, so, after she saw the post my mom called to complain. She said, ‘What kind of a pale ass brudet is that?!’. There’s an eternal tug of war between the two of us when it comes to how much konšerva should go into meals. This subject deserves its own post at some point.

But, yeah, you might want to add a bit more tomato paste than I did.

Fresh off the boat

Reason #48: sometimes you can buy fish straight off the boat

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On the one hand, you can’t count on a regular supply of fish like in the big city, and there aren’t even proper fish markets, except in Supetar.

But on the other, it’s pretty cool that you can just come down to the pier early in the morning and see if there’s any.

It’s always sold fresh. Especially in a small place where there’s not many tourists. The locals can’t be fooled easily ;)

A tip for a newcomer like me is to observe older, wise-looking locals, see if there’s any fish that they frown at, and go for the ones they go for.