NewYear - On the last evening of the old year it is customary to eat boiled cod - and very welcome it is too, on top of all the fat Christmas fare.
8-10 large slices cod
Freshly grated horseradish
4-6 hard-boiled eggs
Cover the cod with salty water and bring slowly to the boil.
Simmer for 2 min., cover and remove from the heat.
After 12 min. the cod should be cooked.
Serve with melted butter, fish mustard, finely grated horseradish and chopped, hard-boiled egg.
Some people prefer to blend the horseradish in the melted butter and the fish mustard in a light sauce or mustard sauce.
2 oz (50 g) butter
2 tablesp. (50 g) flour
About 1 pint (1 l) milk
5-6 tablesp. (1-1 ½ dl cream)
Ground white pepper and salt
Fish mustard (a coarselll ground mustard)
Make a white sauce in a thick-bottomed saucepan from the butter, flour and milk, cooking well through.
Gradually add the cream until a suitable consistency is obtained, seasoning with salt, pepper and fishmustard.
Fish-mustard is also known as water-ground mustard, because the mustard seed once used to be ground with a cannon ball in a clay bowl containing just enough water to hold the mustard together.
Nowadays a pestle and mortar may be used instead.
Picture: served with apple slices and crispy bacon.