Roma’s Story

January 12th, 2010

It all began with stories. My dad when he was a teenager he wandered around for interesting adventures a lot. There used to be some place at the foothills of the Himalayas where a religious man used to live. The people in the village called him a Saint and many nights they used to bring food for him. The Holy man kept what he needed and gave the rest away to the less unfortunate. My dad visited him at least twice a year. Once my dad told me he saw the Saint mix some dried fish in a bowl with oil, chilies and some spices. He put the mixture inside a hollow bamboo and held it over an open fire. He used a thinner piece of bamboo to shake and mix the fish as it was cooking over fire. After sometime he served a little of the fish with some rice he had to my dad and took some himself. My Dad said that was the best fish he ever had. I heard this story in the 1950’s and still I remember to do it once in a while in the oven or a very low burner. This was my first lesson on baked fish or slow cooked fish. Dried fishes from Asian markets can also be marinated in spices and cooked slow.

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