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Jan 02

Healthier & Slightly Cheaper – Homemade Fish & Chips

My husband thinks he’s died and gone to heaven as I have instituted “fish and chips night”. I know Fish ‘n’ chips from a shop aren’t very expensive anyway – £3.80-£5 a portion. But we save where we can – and these will be a bit healthier for you. This is how to make your very own homemade fish & Chips.

How about herring or mackerel fillets fried in oatmeal and butter served with homemade oven chips. And a LOVELY tomato salad. Since I have started buying my veg from a vegetable box scheme (everything is local, seasonal, organic and fairtrade), I am getting some wonderful, full-flavoured tomatoes (and all the veg actually) so this will be a really tasty meal. Serves 4

Homemade Oven Chips

Ingredients:

  • 3 Potatoes
  • Sea salt
  • Olive oil

Method:

  1. Peel and wash the potatoes
  2. Cut into chip shapes.
  3. Mix with your hands with a good slug of olive oil and PLENTY (a good 2 teaspoons) of sea salt.
  4. Roast at 180 degrees celsius, turning with a fish slice a couple of times, for 30 minutes (or less, check them).

Fried Herring/Mackerel

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 – 2 herring each, filleted
  • 1 egg, oatmeal
  • salt and pepper
  • butter for frying

Method

  1. Trim any remaining fins/bones off the fish
  2. Dip in beaten egg and the seasoned oatmeal.
  3. Lay on a plate ready for frying.
  4. Fry 4 or 5 at a time in plenty of hot butter quickly, but don’t burn the butter.
  5. Keep warm in the bottom of the oven while you fry the rest in batches.

Tomato Salad

Ingredients

  • 2 large tomatoes,
  • flat-leaf parsley – chopped,
  • 1/4 onion, chopped,
  • juice of 1/2 lemon,
  • salt and pepper,
  • olive oil

Method

  1. Core the tomatoes and chunk.
  2. Mix with all the other ingredients and serve with the fish and chips.
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