Coulibiac from French by Damien Pignolet

So first one and why not something challenging, thanks Carrie!!!

A real challenge that need to think about is lots of pictures and descriptions but will be unable to post the recipes as would likely make some of the authors unhappy!

This is one of my favourite cook books and have eaten at Bistro Moncur in Sydney many times where some of these recipes have featured. Including the fantastic Crab Omelette (hopefully that will get picked in the future).

So the recipe for Coulibiac is a pretty good start, its a dish I first tasted many years ago when I was working in one of my short stints in a kitchen in Sydney. The version that Damien has in his book is by no means the shortcut version Make the brioche and rest, make crepes, prepare the rice and fish. One thing I do like about his recipe is using a bread tin to bake it in to hold the brioche together in a nice loaf and not spread across the baking tray.

The history of Coulibiac appear to go back to the humble Russian fish or meat pie made with bread dough, crushed wheat, dill and onions known as koulibiaca. It was the 19th century French chefs hired by the Russian nobility that created from that what is today Coulibiac. The original called for Sturgeon but we will make do with the humble Salmon.

Time to go and shop for ingredients

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