What I really wanted was yellow cornmeal coated cat or buffalo fish fried by my father. But my father died many years ago, there’s no yellow cornmeal in the French supermarkets that I know of and my ‘monger would certainly sneer if I requested the equivalent of Mississippi bottom feeders. I needed to “encourage myself.”
‘Couraged, I strode into the fish market, pointed at the fresh, pretty red mullets and requested that Steve perform a major gutting and scaling, which he did.
Boldly, I added a box of the French fish coating to my order. It’s nothing like yellow cornmeal but mullet is nothing like catfish either. You can’t always get what you want.
Back at the house, encouraged already, I fortified myself with a direct swig from the bottle of chilled Veuve Clicquot 😀
Concentration broken, I took a picture of the garden onions and garlic I found at the vide grenier (community yard sale) in Maillot.
Then another gratuitous picture of Jessie with her rabbit bed that I got for 4 euros. Such a deal!
And, in case of deep frying disaster, I took a picture of the prepped plate I also found at the vide grenier. Finally I fried the fish. It wasn’t Louisiana wild catfish, but it was good in a “French” fried way.
Deep Fried Red Mullet
4 red mullets, scaled and gutted
Salt, pepper, garlic powder
1/2 cup flour
1/4 cup bread crumbs
Peanut oil for deep frying
Season the mullet with the salt, pepper and garlic powder. Mix the flour and bread crumbs together, then coat the fish with the mixture. Heat the oil until very hot and fry the fish until golden and cooked.