Fish stew

I made this towards the end of last week, and although it was a lot of work, it was well worth the effort Continue reading


Pot-roasted chicken with cider

Pot-roasting is the ultimate lazy one-pot roasting method, and one that is great as the weather gets colder. Continue reading

Monkfish and scallops in a mild curry sauce

Monkfish and scallops in a mild curry sauce

I like curry spices with fish so I tend to cook things that allow me to blend the flavours quite often. However, I don’t like the curry to overpower the fish, so I tend to use the spices sparingly.

This dish is a pretty simple one, fish cooked in olive oil, some thread noodles, seared courgette ribbons and a mild coconutty, curry sauce.

The sauce was made by softening a chopped shallot, a mild red chilli and some tomato flesh in groundnut oil and then adding some threads of saffron, salt, pepper and a half-teaspoonful of a mild curry spice blend (cumin, coriander, turmeric, ground cloves, ground cinnamon) and stirring it around until everything was coated. Then I added a small carton of creamed coconut and a small amount of milk and brought it to a simmer. When everything was nicely cooked, I liquidised it and returned it to the pan.

Overall, this worked quite well, but I think that the next time I cook something like this I will use rice rather than noodles.

Mackerel fillets with a tomato salad

I’ve posted this in response to people who have said all my fish pictures are of live ones, instead of ones on a plate!

This is not the most elegant dish, the skin should ideally have stayed in one piece on the fish, but it was delicious.

The fillets were simply fried in a pan with olive oil, skin side down for about 3 minutes and then flipped for the last 30 seconds.

The salad is a simple affair, thinly sliced tomato with a dressing of olive oil, red wine vinegar, salt, pepper, a pinch of sugar, chopped shallots and capers.

You need the acidity of the dressing and capers to balance the rich oiliness of the fish.