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Posh Nosh Fish & Chips

January 25, 2016

“I want to make him something interesting but not too out there that he will hate it.”

Dear Kamaria’s Kitchen,

My husband’s favourite food is fish & chips.  We have a really bad diet but I really want to make small changes so we can set a better example for our kids.  If it’s not fish & chips it’s Indian curries and pizza.  I would say we live on a popular British diet – cheap and cheerful, no posh nosh for us.  Please may I have fish and chips recipe that is healthy but not too far fetched.  I know that when we go to different restaurants he tends to stick to the basics and food that is familiar, pub grub that sort of thing.  Also could you please make the recipe something appealing to children as well.   

Dear Runaway Chippy,

I think it is noble that you are trying to set a better example for your children and it does not help when your spouse is a picky eater and not necessarily open to new things.  Small steps tend to lead to the greatest improvements and re inventing fast food meals are often the best way to cut down on fatty foods.  The recipe I have for you I think will work well for a weekday meal and I have made two variations one for your husband and another for your children (which is more delicate to their taste buds as it will lack the heat from the chilli).  You expressed an interest in spicy foods so I have incorporated some heat with the fish.  I have not strayed too far from the classic fish & chips and have suggested using less than 5% fat oven chips to eat with the fish as it will incorporate less fat and taste more like a “real potato”.  I have chosen a different kind of fish from the usual cod and have swapped the batter for a lovely home made crust.

I have included chilli in the crust for you and your husband, not only is the heat a nice touch but also supposedly helps to reduce weight loss.  Not to mention my fish will have way more flavour than a battered cod.  The fish I have chosen is fresh salmon, full of vitamins and the good fatty acids of Omega – 3.  I hope you and your family enjoy this recipe.

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My food was so delicious I started eating before I took the picture. 

Recipe (serves 5):

  1. Heat a tbsp oil in a frying pan.
  2. Fry 1 large onion (chopped) until softened.
  3. In a bowl mix 100g breadcrumbs with 1 tbsp of lemon juice, 3 tsps fresh parsley (chopped), 2 tsps fresh thyme, 1 tsp dried herbs.
  4. Add the onion to the bowl.
  5. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  6. First divide the mixture into the necessary amount to top the fresh salmon fillets.
  7.  Make your children’s fish first then place on an oven tray lined with tin foil.
  8. Add 1 tsp paprika and 2 tsps hot chilli flakes to the remaining mixture.
  9. Spread on top of the remaining fillets.
  10. Place these fillets on the tray as well remembering which is which.
  11. Drizzle a little olive oil over the fillets.
  12. Bake for 15 – 20 minutes at 140 degrees C.

Saffy’s Salmon Tips:

  1. You can buy the fresh salmon fillets at your local fishmonger pre boned and to the size of your choosing.
  2. The salmon will be cooked when the meat is slightly flaked.
  3. Keep a eye on your oven as a hot oven will cook the salmon very quickly.

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