If this picture has you salivating, you may be interested to know that it was used by Cathnews to illustrate this story: Caritas’ Fish Friday cook-off for Project Compassion.
Celebrity chefs from Sydney’s Aqua Dining, Nick’s Seafood, Garfish and Coast will cook-off for Caritas Australia’s “Fish Friday” tomorrow in a fundraiser for its newly-launched Project Compassion 2010.
The cook-off at Martin Place, Sydney, will involve the auction of four unique gourmet meals to the highest bidders. Seafood restaurant Peter Doyles @ The Quay will also prepare fish and rice meals for 1,000 people at the location until 2pm, Caritas said in a statement.
“By donating the same dollar value as the cost of a typical lunch, diners will stand in solidarity with the millions of people who survive on a staple diet of fish and rice, and support Caritas Australia’s long-term development projects in 32 countries,” the statement said.
It’s a great idea on the part of the Caritas mob (our local Caritas office is my neighbour at work), especially in this country where celebrity cooking TV shows and books are seriously hot stuff. But I do find myself wondering what a “fish and rice” lunch cooked by “celebrity chefs from Sydney’s Aqua Dining, Nick’s Seafood, Garfish and Coast” and Doyles is actually in the spirit of the Friday fish tradition…
At home we had homemade vegetable curry last night, which I made using a base from Jamie Oliver’s website (before noticing that my wife had actually left out a jar of readymade sauce for me to use…). Actually, it was not that appetising all up (mainly because I used vegies that were not the most fresh), but my oldest daughter ate it all, so it can’t have been too bad. She is rather skeptical of this “no meat” rule (“Dad, we’re Lutheran not Catholic”), so I have to make our meatless dishes appetising.
However I do wonder if sometimes, given the expense of seafood, and the “gourmet” status it has aquired in this land, whether we would not be better off having a “mince-meat” or “off-cuts” or even “left-overs” rule for Fridays in Lent and fast days, rather than emphasise a “Fish Friday” idea.