a pair of smoked mackerel

We saw Nigel Slater do something interesting [fnaar] with a smoked mackerel on a programme just before Christmas, and on our seasonal visit to Newland Avenue, we picked up a brace of them in the fishmonger (yay! fishmonger!) to use over the holiday. When we fetched them out of the fridge, they were bloody enormous,…

a fish pie

I found three smoked trout fillets in the freezer, and we had some parsley left from last week’s beef stroganoff.  So I declared it Fish Pie Night. I popped up to the local Co-Op to get some milk, and they had prawns on special offer: 2 packs for £4.  So I availed myself of said…

the risotto that wasn't

using up: smoked trout, a bulb of  fennel We like risotto; sometimes I make it in the oven, and sometimes I stand over the pot, ladling in stock.  Whatever, I know my 5oz of rice to 1 pint of liquid works. Today, I thought I’d try the slow cooker.  I did a bit of Googling,…

fish and broccoli pie

using up: a head of broccoli, some smoked trout A while back when we were in Costco, we were offered a sample of hot smoked trout.  It was delicious; like sheep, we bought a bag, and I wrapped each fillet separately and put it in the freezer.  I completely forgot about it until I was…

a fish pie

using up: a piece of fish, a bulb of fennel, the last third of the bag of spinach. We’re having a fairly traumatic week, and the reason for this was the cause of the existence of one not very big fillet of anonymous white fish.  One of our cats, our beloved Bada, has been and…

last night's supper (16/6/7)

We started with tuna, quickly seared in a ribbed pan, accompanied by a broth with slivered ginger, sesame seeds, rice wine, shoyu, a dash of balsamic vinegar, and finely chopped coriander, and some rice. It was glorious. And then. And then. Ohmigod. We had molten chocolate cakes, accompanied by raspberries and cream. And then we…

it's endemic

We just had a ring on the doorball, from a chap selling door to door from www.goodtastefoods.co.uk. He had a van full of stuff, and we were interested enough to let him show us his wares. He brought a heap of boxes to the house; he had salmon, tuna, hake and cod, and all the…