We’re fresh off one of my favorite times of the year… our Annual Family Reunion Camping Weekend. One of my favorite things about the get-together is having a fish fry.
It doesn’t happen every time, though. Only on the years when the fish are biting in Minnesota (where some relatives have Summer homes).
Fortunately, the walleye were biting earlier this year and my uncle and some cousins caught enough to share with our group.
My job in the fish fry is to cut the fish in manageable pieces and look for any bones that might have been missed during the filleting process. The uncle that helped catch the fish is in charge of coating the fish.
It’s a not so secret breading. Just ask him and he’ll share his recipe. After they’re coated one of my cousins drops them in his fryer.
When the timer goes off and the fish are dumped on a paper towel lined plate to cool my uncle will announce, “There’s more fish ready!” It won’t take long before the plate is empty.
This year, like many before, I wondered to myself if we’d have enough fish for our group. Five Ziploc bags of fish never looks like nearly enough for our large family gathering.
Like always, though, we had more than enough. Everyone got their fill of delicious, crispy, fried walleye. It was better than anything you’d get in a restaurant.
It reminded me again of the fishes and loaves story in the Bible. Where, like me, the disciples questioned how to feed a large group. They wondered if they’d have enough. At our fish fry, just like in the Bible, there was plenty for everyone.
I chose to make a fish taco with some of my portion. It was awesome!
Can’t wait until next year. Hope the fish are biting then!
Since I had the fishes and loaves story on my mind I thought I’d share it with you.
John 6:1-14 New International Version (NIV)
Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand
6 Some time after this, Jesus crossed to the far shore of the Sea of Galilee (that is, the Sea of Tiberias), 2 and a great crowd of people followed him because they saw the signs he had performed by healing the sick. 3 Then Jesus went up on a mountainside and sat down with his disciples. 4 The Jewish Passover Festival was near.
5 When Jesus looked up and saw a great crowd coming toward him, he said to Philip, “Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?” 6 He asked this only to test him, for he already had in mind what he was going to do.
7 Philip answered him, “It would take more than half a year’s wages to buy enough bread for each one to have a bite!”
8 Another of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, spoke up, 9 “Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?”
10 Jesus said, “Have the people sit down.” There was plenty of grass in that place, and they sat down (about five thousand men were there). 11 Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted. He did the same with the fish.
12 When they had all had enough to eat, he said to his disciples, “Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted.” 13 So they gathered them and filled twelve baskets with the pieces of the five barley loaves left over by those who had eaten.
14 After the people saw the sign Jesus performed, they began to say, “Surely this is the Prophet who is to come into the world.”