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CREAMED COD

CREAMED COD

Dried cod, or more properly "stockfish", came from North in exchange for spices and has always been a major part of Venetian cuisine. It can be prepared in many ways besides the following, which is perhaps the most popular. In a large container, cover dried cod with water; and leave to soak for 48 hours, changing the water periodically. Boil for 2-3 minutes in salted water. Divide into very small pieces, including the skin and the bit of intestinal membrane found inside. Put these pieces into a churn (or Cuisinart with appropriate attachment) and beat together with a quarter of their weight in olive oil or, if preferred, vegetable oil - to be added very slowly, a little bit at a time. Churn until eveything is reduced to a sort of delicate cream, add salt and pepper to taste and flavour with a very little finely chopped garlic. The amount of oil can be increased if necessary. Some people add a bit of the cooking broth and/or a bit of hot milk to make creamier.