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Dec 11, 2002 12:06 PM

Salt cod

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All the pre-holiday talk of baccala reminds me of a wondrous dish of salt cod in a very light white sauce I once had in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia (the former salt cod capital of the world), which was not at all fishy but quite distinct from fresh cod in terms of deeper flavor and somewhat richer texture. It was ambrosial.

Can anyone recommend restaurants in the region that might offer such a delicacy?

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  1. you can buy some to cook w/ for your own soup at bread and circus. I soaked some overnight to use for the base of a soup and it was splendid!

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    1. re: Louise8

      You can also get good salt cod at many of the portugese shops along cambridge st. in Cambridge. It's about 1/3 the price as the Bread and Circus saltcod

      1. re: horrible

        Thanks, but since I do not want to stink up my house with the process, I was looking for restaurants that I might pay to prepare and serve it for me as I described, as it were!

        1. re: Karl S.

          The only place I know that always has salt cod on the menu is atasca in Cambridge. They're on the web if you want to take a look

          -good luck


          1. re: horrible

            Thanks. The Mediterranean preparations almost invariably involve a tomato or other rather bold sauce, and what I was looking for was something more along the delicate lines I originally outlined, which was so unusual in my experience (and so much better).

            1. re: Karl S.

              They way I prepared the soup w/ the salt cod didn't stink up the house at all. I soaked it over night then followed a recipe from the slow food cook book for a fresh cod and salt cod soup. wonderful!

              the author of the recipe was from the blue room! I'd really recommend going there for it if you don't want to cook yourself.

    2. I realize that you are seeking a Nova Scotia style salt cod in cream sauce. However, I just want to mention that I had a wonderful Brazilian-style salt cod stew at Cafe Belo in Allston yesteday. Prepared with potato, peppers, and some sort of tomato-wine base. It was absolutely delicious. This is a cafeteria style priced-by-the-pound establishment, but they do serve some wonderful food, including fire roasted meets carved off the sword onto your plate. It is also an unbelievable bargain. I've never been able to eat more than $7 worth here.

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      1. re: FoonFan

        I love Cafe Belo. And they have the best rice.

      2. You may be thinking of finnin haddie. A smoked haddock dish of scotch descent and found in new England and the maritimes. You can find it at many old school restaurants in the area. I had it in Gloucester a few years ago.

        1. Was this dish like a boiled dinner with carrots, potatoes, turnips, onion, bacon, in a thin white sauce?
          I'm trying to think of the place in NH where I had this, but the owner of the place was from Nova Scotia.

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          1. re: Infomaniac

            Nine year old post - not likely the OP is still around.

            1. re: BobB

              The OP is Karl S., who most certainly *is* still around, and may even still be looking for this dish!

              1. re: Allstonian

                Ha! I noticed the date after I posted. I wonder if it was Finnan Haddie?

                1. re: Allstonian

                  Cool! Unfortunately it won't pop up in his My Threads list since it's from before the format change, but hopefully he'll see it on the board and Infomaniac will remember where in NH he had it.

                  1. re: BobB

                    Unfortunately at my age I should be writing things down or taking pictures.

                    I knew the post was an old one, and KarlS has helped me many times in the past with his advise and suggestions (especially his chili recipe), so any opportunity to return the favor....I'm there.