Hello (again) Dear Reader!
Home made fish, chips and mushy peas with buttered home made wholemeal bread! Just divine. Weekends need a family tradition or ritual. In days gone by, Friday nights were for a takeaway, Robot Wars (remember that?) a bottle of wine and a massive bill. Now, it’s about home cooked food, off our laps, in front of the wood stove with a cup of tea.
If you’re interested – here’s the how.
Small dry pieces of white fish – which I defrost and I use Tesco Value white fish, if you look on the back, it’s pollock. Any white fish will do.
Two spuds per person and a tin of mushy peas, tipped into a bowl and in the microwave ready when you want it.
Get the oven smoking hot on the highest setting. Leave a roasting dish in there. When at temp, half fill with oil. Close the door and get to temperature again. About now, put a tray of chunky home made chips on a flat baking tray below.
I get peeled and chipped potatoes and sprinkle with oil, salt and pepper. I also use paprika and some thyme. Toss in the concoction and get in the oven. When the oil is really hot, (I flick a drip of water in it, if it spits back, it’s ready……….my mum used to spit in the pan!!! ) drop the battered fish in. To make the batter, use a cup of milk, a cup of flour, dash of salt and one egg. I put mine in the blender! Make this well in advance, it’s better after a while. BTW….it’s the same recipe for Yorkshire pudding or pancakes. You’ll need a shallow dish with flour, likewise for the batter. Now quickly roll the fish in flour, drops in the batter and then drop into the hot oil!!! This is life threateningly dangerous and do so at your own peril!!! I do this in the oven in shallow oil as I’m afraid of pan top frying! This usually needs about 20 minutes, but every oven is different.
I made the bread this morning in my bread machine, just followed the maker’s guidelines for wholemeal bread. It’s very moreish!
What’s your Friday night ritual or tradition?
Love Froogs xxxx