Smoked cod certainly was not a food I grew up knowing about. I am not sure if it was on the list of foods I eat now that I never had as a kid. R introduced me to smoked cod when we first met. We had a very warped electric frypan that was useless for frying in, but it was good for cooking smoked cod.
But for some reason the smoked cod stopped. Maybe because we threw out the warped electric frypan.
About six months ago R decided we should eat smoked cod again and bought some. We had some just tonight. I must say, his cooking technique has improved. It is even nicer than I remember. He cooks it briefly in hot water and then poaches it in milk and hot water. But there is another difference too. Years ago our cod used to come from the North Sea. Now it comes from South Africa. I assumed cod needed icy sea water to thrive, but apparently it does ok in South Africa, no doubt very south South Africa. If cod thrives there, why not in Australia?