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Varenan Swordfish Dishes

Fishy yum
— Syro, bronze dragon wyrmling
  Along the south eastern coast of Farlis many claim that one can't find a better fish than the swordfish. This of course led to various dished made with this particular fish.  




  For a long time catching Swordfish was not an easy task, even though the species near the eastern Farlis coast generally stayed in higher layers of the sea. The times that people ate swordfish was mostly defined by when some came to shallow waters. Swordfish was well liked but remained a rare treat.   That changed once the Varenans found a new way to catch them in deeper waters. The people living near the south eastern sea of Farlis started using squids as bait but still had a hard time getting swordfish to notice the bait. Eventually they added an extra weight to the line causing the bait to reach deeper sea layers. This increased the amount of swordfish catched and the fish quickly became a well liked dish in Varena and southern Terios.  




  One of the most famous dishes made with swordfish originated from Faldenze, one of the main cities in Varena where the fish was caught. Due it being located in a beautiful location and having great food it has become a popular location among tourists. It is also a trade hub for ships going to southern Terios which spread the fame of the swordfish dishes to that region as well.   The most famous dish with swordfish here is called Anorisi Faldenzia. It mainly makes use of some common ingredients from Varena, lemons and wine. Over time they improved the dish further and added some new herbs and started coating the fish in breadcrumbs. The herbs which are used in the sauce are parsley and veleria.


  Originally flatbread came from further south in Varena. Its dough was base with a layer of tomato sauce and cheese placed on top. Over time people started adding many types of toppings to it. At some point the people of northern Varena started using swordfish on their flatbread as well.   Due to the various different dishes made with swordfish in the region it did not fully take off but in southern Terios the dish is very popular. In addition to the swordfish the people there add sweet paprika to the flatbread which is a common product from nearby Eprus.  

Since my adventuring brought me here I have been trying all kinds of flatbread but so far this one is my favorite. It has everything, tomatoes, cheese, paprika and the beloved swordfish. It makes me think of my life before while still living in Varena.
— Vittoria after trying swordfish flatbread



Anorisi Faldenzia

Swordfish Faldenzia by Dinner at the Zoo
  • Swordfish steaks
  • 3 tablespoons of chopped parsley
  • 4 tablespoons of chopped veleria
  • Olive oil
  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • 2dl white wine (Verenan)
  • Breadcrumbs
  • Combine the parsley, veleria, lemon juice and white wine in a small bowl and mix it.
  • Put a layer of olive oil on the swordfish and coat it with breadcrumbs
  • Sear the swordfish on both sides for 6 minutes
  • Place the swordfish in a cooking pot together with the sauce for 4 minutes
  • Ready to serve, pieces of lemon, parsley and veleria can be added for decoration

Swordfish Flatbread

Swordfish Flatbread by Tokyo Park Hyatt
  • Flatbread dough
  • 3 tablespoons of tomato sauce
  • Sun dried tomatoes
  • Sandrisian cheese
  • Eprusian paprika
  • 3 tablespoons of chopped veleria
  • Sword fish steak
  • Roll out the flatbread dough and place it on an oven plate 
  • Spread the tomato sauce evenly across the flatbread
  • Add grated Sandrisian cheese on top
  • Place small pieces of Eprusian paprika and the sundries tomatoes
  • Lightly sear the swordfish on a grill on both sides
  • Slice it in smaller pieces or mince it, place it on the flatbread afterwards
  • Place it in the oven for 5 minutes (for Torini ovens)

Cover image: Nervonia by Gam-Ol on pixabay


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Aug 10, 2021 15:28 by Annie Stein

Thanks for joining the Unofficial Flash Challenge! Your submission has been registered, best of luck!

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Aug 10, 2021 15:30

Thank you ^^ And of course thank you for organising :D

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Aug 11, 2021 14:27 by Amélie I. S. Debruyne

Those poor squids :( Do they attach them live to their fishing lines? How long are your sword fish? Now I'm curious how those flatbreads would taste...

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Aug 11, 2021 15:59

That is something they can choose, some say it works better with live fish. The average specimen is about 4 m long. And as for flatbread, it would taste more like putting pizza toppings on large flat pita bread :p

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Feb 16, 2022 10:24

I LOVE it when fantasy and food come together like this, not only does it give a personal insight to the world, but it comes with handy recipes too!~

Feb 17, 2022 14:38

Thank you for the kind words ^^ This was a small entry for the unofficial food challenge :p It was fun to make and indeed allowed to give some insight in Varenan culture :p

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