Cod potato cakes

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Incredibly flavourful fish cakes made with cod, potato and lots of fresh herbs.

Incredibly flavourful fish cakes made with cod, potato and lots of fresh herbs.


Greeks have a special relationship with cod (bakaliaros) despite the fact that you don’t find fresh cod in the waters around Greece. Salt preservation and curing however have made Atlantic cod an important staple for many European countries, particularly for those people living in non-coastal communities. In fact, cod has been an important commodity in Europe and the other parts of the world for over 1,000 years.

For many in Greece, and the Greek diaspora, bakaliaros is the traditional food served on March 25th, to celebrate Greek independence from Ottoman rule, a day which also coincides with the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary. To make this traditional meal, salted cod is soaked for days and then batter fried and served with skordalia (a potato garlic spread) and greens.

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Cod with eggplant and potatoes (Μπακαλιάρος με μελιτζάνες και πατάτες)

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Cod with eggplant and potatoes (Μπακαλιάρος με μελιτζάνες και πατάτες)

Greek style fish and chips…with eggplant

There is something to be said for the thrill that comes with anticipation.  Like looking under the Christmas tree and seeing all of the gifts waiting to be opened.  Or carrying home the latest best-selling novel, imagining crawling into bed and cracking the spine.  Or marking “X”‘s on the calendar as you count down the days to your holiday.  Or opening up your refrigerator and seeing your fish soaking in cold water.  What joy!

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