Last Saturday Maple, myself and our friends Matt and Mandy went ice fishing. A wonderful (if chilly) time was had by all (you can read about it here.) That night, Maple and I feasted on Arctic Char and Rainbow Trout. Very little preparation went into these fish (very little was needed) but they were absolutely delicious.
Our fish were simply beheaded, gutted, broiled in grapeseed oil and eaten with our fingers and they were wonderful. There’s a simple joy to eating something (be it berries, fish or fowl) that you’ve hunted/gathered that same day; a little moment to be present and thankful for the work you’ve done that day.
The skin went to the dogs and the heads were kept as trap bait. I’m appreciating finding new symbiotic relationships among the animals we are lucky enough to hunt/trap/gather. We’re looking into how good marten/lynx meat is for fish bait (it’s not the best for human consumption.) I’d feel pretty good about using what we can’t/don’t eat off one to catch the other. Sometimes living in Alaska life can seem like a giant biology experiment (especially with a Woodsman such as Maple.) Don’t worry faithful readers, I’ll keep you updated.
Cheers and Love,
Maple and Me