Sunday, 6 December 2009

Fish and Chips Rico Way

Once again I am picking another great British dish and making it mine with super flavour and textures.

Recipe Ingredients: (for two)
  • 2 cod fillets (skinned)
  • 4 medium potatoes (with the skin cut into wedges)
  • 1/2 a glass of flour
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 150mls sun-flour oil
  • some coarse sea salt, black pepper, 1 tea spoon of dehydrated parsley, some olive oil

Place a pan with some boiling water and a pinch of salt on the stove medium heat to keep water boiling, put the potato wedges in and let it boil for 3-4 minutes. After this drain the wedges and place them in a bowl (meanwhile switch the oven on 200c until hot), add to the wedges 3 soup spoons of olive oil + 2 tea spoons of coarse sea salt and 2 tea spoons of the dehydrated parsley, toss it all until well mixed, distribute these wedges on a baking tray with the wedge up on each potato piece, place them in the oven and let them cook for 30-35 minutes.

Ten minutes before the potatoes are done pour the sunflower oil into a deep frying pan and let it get very hot. Meanwhile put the flour in a bowl + a pinch of coarse salt a little pepper and the tea spoon of baking powder, add some water to the consistency of thick runny yoghurt with the aid of a balloon whisk, dip the fillets in the batter and let them get a thick covering rubbing excess on the sides of the bowl and place them in the frying pan the oil should cover them.

Fry for about 3-4 minutes on each side until golden brown, then place them on a plate with a few kitchen towels to drain the excess fat, then just serve them with the chips (wedges) and a dollop of tartar sauce (optionally you can boil some peas and have them like that or mush them with a couple of mint leaves and some lemon juice and serve on the side)

Also the batter if you prefer instead of water you can add some beer instead for a lighter texture and more flavoursome batter, although I like the simplicity of this one I made.

Saturday, 5 December 2009

The Perfect Bangers and Mash with Onion Gravy

A very, very traditional British meal made luxurious and super delicious.

Recipe Ingredients:

  • 6 fresh sausages (minimum 65% pork shoulder, preferable)
  • 1 large onion (thinly sliced)
  • 4 large potatoes (pealed and cut into small cubes for fast cooking)
  • 2 heaped spoons of Gravy powder
  • 1 bunch of chopped parsley
  • 1 soup spoon of butter
  • 1/4 tea spoon of ground nutmeg
  • 1 small glass of milk
  • olive oil salt and pepper (sufficient)

Butterfly cut all the sausages (slice them down the middle without separating the halves). Then put a non stick frying pan on the stove at medium heat with a little olive oil. Once hot add the sliced onion and stir occasionally until it starts to get golden.

While that is happening put a pan on the stove with boiling water and place the cubed potatoes inside (+a little salt) and boil them till cooked.

On the frying pan now that the onions started to caramelize move the onion to one side and place the sausages split down first in the pan then cover them with the onions, and let them cook for about 3-4 minutes, after that turn them and let the onions fall under the sausages and cook for another 3-4 minutes stirring occasionally. This will allow the sausages to cook but more importantly will allow the onions to caramelize further.

Now the potatoes should be cooked so strain them and at the same times remove the sausages from the pan (dish them in pre heated plates to conserve them hot) leaving only the onions. Add to the onions a large glass of water with the gravy powder diluted in it, and bring it to the boil until the gravy thickens and infuses with the caramelized onions and sausage meat flavours from the pan.

While the gravy is making, mash the potatoes with the potato masher, once smooth add the butter + the parsley + the milk and nutmeg and mix well.

Than dish it all and eat this simple traditional yet super delicious meal. :)

Thursday, 3 December 2009

Reward for wining a Competition

I have entered a competition on I Love Flavour, Me! the owner of that blog is Ruth, so you can see me below receiving the prize which is a really excellent 1L of Italian super nice olive oil.

Thank you Ruth for your generosity, I know it wasn't cheap...

The page announcing me as a winner is here and it talks about traditional "pasteis de Belém" one of my favourite cakes, and also contains some history ...cheers !


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