Papa has encouraged me to always stop and look at the fish counter when I am shopping. I am notoriously bad at buying fish (I had a fish bone phobia after a bone caught in my throat as a child), but he scored some cod on super sale recently which I enjoyed cooking, so I am trying harder. I saw some monkfish at an incredible price. I rarely even see it on sale here, let alone at a 40% discount. Darina Allen had a recipe I wanted to try, so I forged ahead.
Papa was appreciative, but also eager to impart his knowledge. As a child his family simply dipped the monkfish in melted butter.
That same weekend we tried to see if the fish had woken up at Spot Pond.