August 16, 2010
Here’s a quick post of some more of the local food we feasted upon while away on vacation. These two sandwiches are made with smoked seafood from Fumoir d’Antan, a smokehouse on the islands that specializes in smoked herring.
We went for the “tour” of the smokehouse, getting to see all the herring strung up over smouldering piles of wood. The atmosphere was great – very traditional and it felt like we had stepped back in time.
In the end, we bought all sorts of their smoked products. We brought back a jar of the smoked herring, and little tins of smoked mussels and lobster roe. We also bought some of their smoked mackerel, smoked salmon and a tray of smoked scallops. These were great to eat on their own, but even more fun to eat on sandwiches!
One lunch was smoked scallop grilled cheese, made entirely out of local products. We toasted up some of the amazing sourdough bread from the Madelon bakery, placed some of the smoked scallops on top, then smothered it with some of the unbelievable cheese from Pied-de-Vent fromagerie. Top with some black pepper and a little salt, and this was a great lunch.
Another day, we enjoyed this seafoody concocotion. Soli took some of the smoked herring and smoked salmon, tossed that into a bowl with fresh cherry tomatoes, two hard-boiled eggs, some chopped onion and a dollop of mayonnaise.
Mash it all up together, spread on some island baguette, and I was soon eating what soon became one of my most favourite sandwiches. Salty, smoky, fishy, and bright with the tomatoes – just perfection.
I loved eating these things on our porch. Who wouldn’t, when you walk out your front door and have this view?
Next post – the fishing trip! Until then, a few more photos from the islands: