segunda-feira, 25 de fevereiro de 2008

About codfish

One of the first thoughts that I had before when I had heard "Norway" was codfish and high levels of Human Development Index. I could talk about HDI, but codfish's history is funnier.

In Brazil, Norway is known as "The Codfish's Land". Perhaps this title is true, after all the fish is found in the cold waters of Norwegian seas. I was talking with the priest who teaches me Norwegian some days ago and he said he went to fish. So, I asked which kind of fish he had fished. Guess what... He had fished a "torsk" (codfish in Norwegian). He explained me that it can be rare.

Norwegian cuisine is rich when it comes to seafood. I thought that codfish was more common as a dish than it in fact. Maybe, my thoughts are based on my Brazilian eagerness for trying a legitimate "norsk torsk" - it rhymes! Actually, since I came to Norway I think I have eaten codfish twice. Ok, I confess, at least in the two particular moments that I remembered to ask "what is it?" before eating.

During farewell occasions in Brazil, the codfish was a constant subject. Many friends asked me: "Bring me a codfish from Norway" Luckly, it was just a joke! And most of those who knew that I was coming to Norway were excited about "the mystery of codfish's head". I explain. We are used to see codfish in its salted and dried variation called "bacalhau" in Portuguese. And it is not common to see the head of the fish. So, we have something mysterious in our culture that has to do with codfish's head.

So, I came to Norway and I started my search for the fish and its head. I found some frozen - without heads - in supermarkets but it was not what I wanted. I needed some codfish alive and with the head in order to take pictures and testify this fact. It was a matter of... touristic curiosity.

The search continued - kind of silent. Last Tuesday, I visited Bergen and there I could meet a completed and proper Norwegian codfish. What to say? It is a handsome fish. It has a kind of beard and seems friendly. It is possible to find the fish in different sizes and weights. I could also know codfishes from different social status: I met some in an aquarium and some street-codfishes (they were on sale in the sidewalks of Bergen).

In the Portuguese version "Do bacalhau", you can find some videos and pictures.

4 comentários:

Kay Amund disse...

I liked that update!
In the summers i work with making Bacalahau!

enjoy your time in Karmøy:)

Kay Amund disse...

Como voce esta?

A good update!
I work with Bacalhau in the summers;)

Enjoy your time at Karmøy!

God bless you!

Anônimo disse...

ola gostaria de fazer uma amizade com voce sou evangelica e moro na suica. meu e-meil e :
entra em contato comigo seria um prazer. e esse e meu msn adiciona.ina

synnøve disse...

ola! que muito divertido que vc queria ver o bacalhau com cabesa, todo mundo aqui estou falando sobre issso!! espero que vc esta bem, e que vc ama noruega!! bjo