Uncle Robert is my grandmother’s brother on my dad’s side. Robert was more like a father to my dad than an uncle so when I was growing up we regularly visited with him and his family. More often than not he would bring us fresh fish that my mom would cook the following day. Or if it was a holiday we would bring us an enormous amount of his famous gefilte fish. Enjoying uber-fresh fish has always been part of my life and I especially loved his gefilte fish.
I know most people are picturing the gefilte fish that comes packed in a jar that’s surrounded by a mysterious liquid. That’s far from the kind I’m talking about. Picture a five-star French restaurant preparing the most flavorful and delicate, perfectly poached fish mousse you have ever tried. I know it’s hard to believe but that’s what Uncle Robert’s gefilte fish is like. It’s sweet with onions and carrots and has the perfect amount of salt and pepper.
I like eating it with a spoonful of that really bright-pink horseradish or sometimes I like to put it on matzo and chow down. My husband really likes it too so we decided it would be fun if we made it at home. It was an experience, and a messy one at that, and I’m glad we did it but from now on we’ll just beg Uncle Robert to make it.
Watch Uncle Robert’s amazing story in this video.