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Gareth

Fish on Friday: inspiration required.

Fish on Friday: inspiration required.

52 years of ingrained habit usually makes for a fishy Friday for me, but unusually for me I am currently lacking inspiration. I have Coley Fillets, Basa Fillets, Whole Herring, Salmon Steaks, Tuna steaks, Breaded Lemon Sole, Battered Haddock, Scampi and Mussels in the freezer..... but I just don't know what to cook, how to cook it, or what to cook it with.

Recent fishy favourites that I have enjoyed include; Salmon with Stilton melt, 2 Minute (per side) fried Tuna steaks marinated in Lime with Chilli & Garlic, Coley in Sweet pepper, black pepper and Paprika sauce, Curried Basa, Lemon Sole with Parsley sauce, Baked Trout fillets wrapped in Horseradish leaves, Scampi, chips 'n' peas, Mussels in Purgatory , Plaice fillets with cheddar and onion Sauce, Ginger and Garlic stir fried fish pie pieces, with Thai Noodles.

Has anyone else got a favourite fish recipe to share with me please?
Pilsbury

Fish cakes, mash potato, fish, lemon or lime, seasonings.
Breadcrumb in your sourdough crumb and serve with salad or steamed veg ..
Gareth

Last night I bought two packs of Morrison's (reduced to clear) fish pie mix containing chunks of Cod, smoked Haddock and Salmon. I have some left over mash in the fridge, so I think I am going flake the fish pieces with my fingers and make a Potato and Fish layer pie. I am going to use a sweated down diced Mushroom and Sweet Pepper white sauce base for the fish layers. Haddock on the bottom, Salmon in the middle, then the Cod, and top the pie with prawns in onion rings.
Digindeep

You have beat me to it Gareth.

I was about to add fish pie, using various fish you have, adding a blue cheese to the mash and of course any other odd vegetables you have as a side dish.

A couple of days ago I made a mash potato dish, with a topping of belly pork, fried off to crackle up the outer skin, finished in a hot oven.
Courgettes, tomatoes, red and white onions and mushrooms, all cut in chunky pieces, then roasted in the oven in an olive oil and balsamic sauce.
Which was then put around the outer of the dish.

The family were still talking about the dish two days laater.....which chuffed me.
Can see no reason why a roasted vegetable mix would not go well with a fish pie.
Let us know your final decision
Gareth

Alas, my plans and good intentions for a layered fish pie went straight the of the window due to the calamity, catastrophe and chaos which often surrounds me, and we ended up banging two battered Haddocks from Aldi in the Oven.

Catastrophe: My very expensive, brand new, hand made in Britain, custom built to order 240 volt, 25amp input 255 amp output, single phase combined Mig, Tig and spot welder (which was 5 weeks late being delivered!) broke down.............with less than 1 hour of straight forward Mig welding work on it.

Calamity: One of my featured musicians pulled out of last nights Norwich Music House gig with less than 6 hours to go, and I had to arrange and book another musician, and then move her most beautiful (and extremely heavy) full size harp across the city.

Chaos: Well, I am still waiting for this one to occur, and usually with me it is not too far away.

So I didn't have the time or the opportunity to do what I wanted in the kitchen.......... but Oz got a good mixed fish dinner!.....Ah well, there is always next time
Digindeep

Hey...look on the bright side...you still had a fish super..and above all you got through your calamities sorted ...as for OZ ..heckers like he did very well... What more could you ask for, it was at least a good outcome
Gareth

Oz has a fish dinner at least twice and sometimes 3 times a week..... Usually the large 625g cheap cans of Sardines, or Mackerel, sometimes cheap to clear whole fish, fillets, steak or bits from the fishmongers counter at the local supermarkets.
Gareth

We had the 3 fish in a Mushroom & Sweet pepper sauce with layers of potato pie topped with stilton for dinner last night and words cannot describe how tasty it was.  

Going to try it as a 3 fish layered lasagne next.
Gareth

Swordfish steaks for us this evening........1 each late last night in the local Sainsbury's  

Currently I have them marinating in a little Lime Juice, sprinkled with a little smoked Black Pepper, a pinch of dried Garlic and ground Ginger. I am going to 2 minute hot sear pan fry them a side, and serve with a simple salad and butter tossed steamed new potatoes.  

What fish are you having this evening?

and how are you going to serve it?
Border

Where you getting new spuds this time of the year, are you still digging your own?

Our's are long gone.

This evening's menu cod caught yesterday, brought on the harbour this morning.
The cod will be boiled with pepper corns and a bay leaf, served with Pommes Frites, green peas and a mustard sauce. Easy and simple.
Gareth

Yes, I'm still lifting spuds..... main crop in the garden patch and shared plots, and box grown Jersey Royals on the corner of a flower border, but there's not many more of these to go. The potato grow box method does yield well, but it is labour intensive!
Gareth

Gareth wrote:
Swordfish steaks for us this evening........1 each late last night in the local Sainsbury's

Currently I have them marinating in a little Lime Juice, sprinkled with a little smoked Black Pepper, a pinch of dried Garlic and ground Ginger. I am going to 2 minute hot sear pan fry them a side, and serve with a simple salad and butter tossed steamed new potatoes.

What fish are you having this evening?

and how are you going to serve it?


And it was delicious!




12Bore

I sell a fair bit of swordfish
Gareth

Do you ever get Marlin and Mahi Mahi (Dorado)?

Marlin turns up in Asda every now and again and boxes of frozen Mahi Mahi fillets are stocked in the local Lidl.
12Bore

Check with your local Morrison Fishmonger, you'd be surprised what he can order for you, subject to availability we have a repertoire of 50+ whole/cleaned fish, and a similar number of fillet & portions... and then there's smoked.
Not all species are carried in all stores, for some reason we never get golden trout, and Arbroath Smokies are only available within a certain radius of Arbroath (funnily enough). Whilst we do surprisingly well with fresh squid and octopus we cannot give away salted cod, yet a stote 10 miles away sells it by the barrow load!

A woman was complaining bitterly the other day because we did not sell fresh calamari, she had had it on holiday "fresh from the sea", I offered her fresh squid ""Ooh, no! I can't stand squid!"  
Border

12Bore wrote:
 
A woman was complaining bitterly the other day because we did not sell fresh calamari, she had had it on holiday "fresh from the sea", I offered her fresh squid ""Ooh, no! I can't stand squid!"


     Some people just don't know what they put into their mouths.

My mates missus is one of those people, doesn't like this, and won't eat that, so last weekend, they were invited over for an evening meal, I decided on a rabbit casserole, as she would never eat rabbit.

I slow cooked it in the "crock pot" with some veg, and added a red current sauce half way though cooking.

Ooooooh....... this is lovely she said, what is it, chicken I replied (bit naughty I know)   after second helpings she said she had really enjoyed her meal, I didn't have the heart to tell her she had just eaten rabbit twice, but she went home happy.

As for salted cod love it, we had it one evening last week.

When the old man was in the RAF, way back in the "60's" he would sometimes come home with a wooden box full of Arbroath Smokies, we used to eat them for breakfast before we went off to school.

I bet someone's plane smelled of smoked fish.

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