The Melbourne Cup is known for its fashion and especially its fancy hats, called 'fascinators.' Stores all over the country stock hats and headbands for ladies to wear with their Cup dresses. There are many other horse races before the actual Melbourne Cup at 3pm so people tune in to see Australia's rich and famous and check out the fascinators.
|With my fascinator headband and|
Horses from all over the world come to compete and over $6 million in prize money is up for grabs. Each year, approximately 300 to 400 horses are nominated while only 24 make the field as starters. Winning certain races, such as the previous year’s Melbourne Cup, the Cox Plate or the Caulfield Cup, grants a horse with automatic entry into the Melbourne Cup and that horse is exempt from the ballot. The current record holder is Kingston Rule, who won the 1990 Melbourne Cup with a time of 3 minutes and 16.3 seconds. Wow! That is a fast 2 mile run!(sources: horseracing.com, wikipedia.org).
The Melbourne Cup creates big business. According to the Daily Telegraph newspaper, it was expected that $60 million dollars was spent on gambling, $162 million on food and beverage and $47 million on fashion and beauty. In a country of 22 million people, that is a lot of money! The 2013 winner was Fiorente. It was a sweet win for Australia as the both the jockey, Damien Oliver, and trainer, Gai Waterhouse, are Australian. She is the first female Australian trainer to win the Melbourne Cup and this is Damien Oliver third time winning the race. (photos: theaustralian.com.au)
With a classy event like the Melbourne Cup and the holiday season on the way, this week's recipe is a Smoked Trout Dip. I *love* this recipe. It is delicious, easy, healthy and upscale for any event. With the lemon and parsley in it, I find it light and refreshing. I try to share recipes that can be customised to suit individual tastes. This is especially true of the this dip. You can change and vary ALL of the ingredients to suit your taste buds. You can also make it with salmon; see my notes below. I like this recipe so much that it never goes to waste, even if there are leftovers. I simply put some on toast or in a wrap with lettuce and eat it for lunch - enjoy!
SMOKED TROUT DIP
300grams/10 ounces Smoked Trout
1/3+ cup Sour Cream
1 lemon, juiced
2+ teaspoons horseradish (a must)
1/2 bunch of parsley, chopped (save some for garnish)
1) Assemble ingredients.
2) Cut up fish, and use hands to gather all the smoked trout bits.
Be careful to remove any small bones.
3) Add juice of 1 lemon and horseradish. Stir.
4) Add Sour Cream and stir through.
5) Chop up parsley and stir through. How easy is that?!
6) Serve with crackers or a baguette.
THIS DIP IS HIGHLY CUSTOMISEABLE - you can add or more less of anything to suit your taste. I like a lot of lemon and parsley as it makes the dip refreshing. I also like it with less sour cream. It can easily be doubled or tripled. Light sour cream works fine too.
To make a SMOKED SALMON DIP - substitute salmon for trout and dill for parsley.