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>Fish And Derks
>A Good Weekend
>Yeah, in general. A Good Weekend. Firstly, Leeds United finally won a game and – more importantly – kept a clean sheet away at Brighton. Cue a collective bout of fist-pumping (oo-er!) and fratboy style high-fives in the household.
As if that wasn’t enough, we’d decided to treat ourselves to a Tapas supper at our Mediterranean joint of choice, Dos Amigos. And it didn’t disappoint – although it never does. Deep-fried whitebait dunked in pungent Aioli, Salt-Cod Croqetas, Bread getting soggier by the second due the amount of crushed tomato and garlic smeared on top, a luscious ragu of slow-cooked, rosemary-tinted pork belly, prawns in a chili sauce…the dishes just kept coming. /all washed down with a few pints of draught Cruzcampo, a lager I never tire of. The Best tapas in Leeds, and don’t let anyone else tell you otherwise.
Waking up this morning with that still in mind, I slung a bottle of Otter Bright in the fridge to chill to obscene levels (something I wouldn’t ordinarily do) whilst I whipped up a spanish-inspired fish stew.
In a pan went one tin of plum tomatoes, which I simmered down with a pinch of salt, some chili flakes, a massive splash of olive oil, a pinch of sugar and a squirt of tomato puree. Next, a small fillet of Cod (any firm white fish will do: I’ve made this with Monkfish and got good results) was chopped and added to the sauce to cook. In a separate pan I then lightly sauteed some sliced chorizo sausage – just enough to leach out that lovely, saffrony pork fat – then dumped the whole pan into the stew along with a handful of chopped, pitted black olives. Simmer all together for five minutes and serve in a suitably rustic bowl with warm bread and Tabasco to taste.
The Otter Bright chilled down well, and added an inoffensive fruity coolness to the rich, hot stew. and what do you know – as we were eating, the sun came out. Lovely.
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I did try to take some pictures of the food at Amigo’s but for those who don’t know it, it’s very dark and very cosy. I didn’t feel like taking a flash to ruin the atmos for the sake of the blog. You’ll just have to go to find out what it’s like!
>Tikka-Spiced Fish…Caught Cheating
Although the mere fact that you, dear reader, are reading TGS tells me you have a healthy interest in cooking from scratch – there comes along, every once in a while, a ready-made sauce or stock or similar that surprises you and reassures that if ‘cheating’ is needed, then at least it can be done well.
As part of a christmas hamper, I ended up with a jar of Cottage Delight’s Tikka Masala sauce; and it provided a great solution for a busy afternoon. As you will see, some prep is still needed in the recipe that I ended up throwing together, but the need for major legwork was certainly taken away by using the sauce.
Apologies to John – This will be my last fish-based post for a while, i promise!)
Tikka-Spiced Fish (Serves Two)
You will need;
1 Large Fillet of Whitby Cod
1 Pepper, chopped
1 Onion, sliced
1/2lb of Cherry Toms
1 medium Courgette, sliced
1 Jar of Cottage Delight Tikka Masala Sauce
1tsb of grated ginger
3 large cloves garlic, mashed
2 tsps veg or corn Oil
2 tsps Tomato Puree
pinch of fenugreek
pinch of garam or gujarati masala
large pinch of chilli flakes (to your liking)
1 pinch of Panch Phoran (onion seeds, fennel seeds, mustard seeds)
Preheat the oven to 180c.
1. First, make the rub. combine all ingredients above in a ramekin and you’ll end up with a pungent paste. smear this on your fish, and leave to marinate slightly while:
2. You gently saute the veg in a large pan. Use Olive Oil for this, and season with black pepper once golden. Don’t use salt – it’ll dry out the toms and courgette.
3. In a a large dish, place your soft, golden veg and lie your marinated fish on top.
4. Simply pour the sauce over the top, and bake for about 30-40 minutes.
As you can see, despite a long ingredients list, its not that complicated. The end result tastes great; creamy and tomatoey with a zingy kick beneath the surface. All you’re doing really is pre-cooking and pre-marinating the fish to give a little extra flavour, and finishing in the oven. We served this with home-made flatbreads, but obviously rice or naan would be perfect also.
As for beer, instead of opting for an eastern beer I chose Bitburger – although not one of my favourite tipples, I wanted a clean, dry pils to counter the heat but with a little more body-and it certainly did the trick.
So there you go. A cheat’s success. It’s certainly made me realise that there are some great products out there that certainly warrant a position in your storecupboard.