Originally Posted by CrémeBrulée
Where I live skate is traditionally eaten
a) fermented (basically it's allowed to putrefy for some weeks)
It's then cooked and served up with potatoes, melted sheep's tallow and pumpernickel bread. It smells like an ammonia factory. Understandably, most of those who do eat it only do so on the traditional day, the 23rd of December. The only good thing (to me) about this food is that it makes you really appreciate Christmas dinner...
I did try fresh skate once, and as I recall, it was quite good.
i just saw an episode on pbs of "globe trekker" when they went to iceland and had rotted, er, i mean, fermented skate. it looked pretty nasty, but i'd give it a go. you only live once, this time around.
ishbel, how do they make the butter black. squid ink, possibly?
skate is often "substituted" when scallops aren't available in less scrupulous places around the ny area.
i've had skate wing kimchi flavor in korean places. it's very good, but a lot of work to eat.