Monthly Archives: November 2010

West Coast Whitebait with Zuccini Ribbons by Ruth Pretty.

Ruth Pretty Whitebait Recipe | Murray Lloyd Photography

Elusive as they are, whitebait always attract controversy. If it isn’t about how many whitebait make a good fritter, it’s a river-side turf war on the West Coast or environmentalists holding whitebait up as the poster children for polluted rivers. While West Coasters boast of one and three hundred kilo catches, this season half a cup is a good result from a few hours at the Waikanae River.

Mother and son fishing with whitebait net at waikanae, New Zealand.
Whitebaiting at Waikanae

However the half cup could go toward this recipe from Ruth Pretty, and if  you miss out completely there is the mock whitebait recipe in old versions of the Edmonds Cookery Book.

West Coast Whitebait with Zuccini Ribbons by Ruth Pretty.
West Coast whitebait with zucchini ribbons