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Sunday, December 12, 2010

Posh Fish 'N' Chips

  By Matthew J Cook


I had a wonderful wave of inspiration a couple of weeks ago, and these moments can be the most creative times to invent new recipes, or as in this case, creative twists to already popular meals.
We were at my mom's house and she gave us some lovely veg from her garden.
It was beautiful. We'd already decided we were having salmon and my mind was going clockwork and EUREKA...!
I got it...
*Posh Fish 'n' Chips
- 2 salmon fillets
- 2 cloves garlic
- Large pinch of ground ginger
- Large pinch of ground hot paprika
- 2 cups garden peas
- 3 tbsp dried mint
- 1oz butter
- 1oz flour
- 4 large potatoes
- Sunflower oil
- Salt and pepper
- Handful of fresh thyme (or 3 tbsp dried)
1. Preheat oven 200C. Put a couple of large glugs of oil into a roasting pan and put into center of oven.
2. Peel and dice potatoes into 1-2" cubes. Par-boil for just 2-3 minutes until the outer surface is just a little soft. Strain in colander and shake just so the edges begin to get a little fluffy.
3. Transfer potatoes to roasting pan and sprinkle thyme over potatoes. Season with salt and pepper and put into oven for 20-30 minutes or until golden and crispy.
4. Meantime: place salmon fillets in center of a square of foil, a little apart and put sliced garlic onto salmon and sprinkle with paprika and ginger. Bring edges of foil together into a parcel and transfer to oven beneath the potatoes.
5. Put peas and mint into 2-3 cups of water and boil gently until peas become soft. They need to be slightly over-cooked to make a good mushy-pea.
6. Mix together flour and butter into a paste. Thicken peas in the water with the paste. (NOTE: Don't get rid of water. Water should JUST COVER the peas when off the heat. Otherwise take a little out until it does). Using a fork, vigorously beat the peas until mushy but still with a few almost-whole peas. Add salt to taste.
7. After about 15-20mins of cooking, salmon should be JUST springy to the touch and still juicy. Serve with the potatoes and peas.
I am not kidding you, once you've tasted this, you will NOT WANT TO go back to regular fish 'n' chips.
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