By Esther Boateng
Fried fish was on our school lunch menu almost every Friday without fail. It was usually fish fingers, deep-fried in a thick coat of breadcrumbs. For a long time I didn’t realize it was possible to eat fish any other way. These days, I like to enjoy a piece of grilled or pan-fried fish, cooked to perfection at a fine dining restaurant. If you want to avoid the heavy price tag that usually accompanies a gourmet meal, why not create your own fish supper at home for a fraction of the price?
Fish, potatoes, onions and herbs are the main ingredients in this fish supper. If you’re a fan of potatoes, you will instantly know which type you prefer to use. Lately, I’ve been enjoying French Fingerling potatoes from my local farmer’s market. These small red potatoes have a deliciously creamy texture, which makes them an ideal choice for mashed or roasted potatoes.
Fishcakes are a great way to use any leftovers from a previous meal. While this may be the case, I tend to make them from scratch with fresh ingredients and enjoy them the same day. After you have made a few batches and you get familiar with the recipe, you can customize the ingredients and, say, add a bold-tasting cheese, experiment with different types of seasoning, or use a different type of fish you have always wanted to try.
Smoked mackerel is an oily fish with loads of flavor; it’s absolutely delicious, but it can be a touch salty when eaten as part of a main dish with a small side dish. For me, this type of fish would be great to include in a fishcake recipe, as an alternative to cod, my regular choice of fish. This is the type of recipe you can have fun with, without being too precious about the end-result. And it goes well with a small side like salad, and a choice of dips like tartar sauce, guacamole or tzatziki.
1pound of cod or fish of your choice
2 small potatoes
3 green onions
2 garlic cloves
2 Tbsp ghee or oil of choice
1/2 tsp dry mustard (optional)
2-3 Tbsp flour or sourdough breadcrumbs
Salt and pepper to taste
Tips: If the mixture is too sticky to form balls, place it in the fridge for approximately 30 minutes to get slightly firm. The balls I made were slightly sticky. Instead of placing them in a fridge, I lightly dusted them with arrowroot powder before I put them in the pan to fry.
Are you foot-loose and fancy-free when it comes to cooking up a storm in the kitchen? Do you like to create your own masterpieces with tried and tested recipes? If so, you might relish this slightly healthier version of traditional Scotch eggs.
Scotch eggs were invented by Fortnum & Mason, an old-fashioned department store established in 1707 in the UK. This surprisingly simple yet delicious recipe has two main ingredients: eggs and pork sausage meat. It makes perfect picnic food, travels well, and can be eaten hot or cold.
Being in the garden is healing. Digging in the soil with bare hands and feet while soaking up the sunshine. Fresh water washing the toes via the hose. Where bees are buzzing, hummingbirds fluttering, buds a-blooming and beans are growing.