On 03 September, 2016, three very special things happened.
The first was that I met my sister again for the first time in almost fifteen years. The second was that this happened at her wedding. The third is that one of the options for the starter at the meal was Black Pudding, Smoked Fish, and Hollandaise Sauce. Oh sweet baby Jesus!
Well I won’t bore you with how we came to be estranged for so long, and it’s not my place to share the details of her special day…. but I’m damned well sure I’m gonna share this beauty of a recipe with you!
Make sure you get a bit of everything on each forkful! The slightly sweet Hollandaise is countered perfectly by the smoke and salt of the fish, and the earthiness of the Black Pudding.
This Christmas, the mothership bought me loads of cook books (there were five, in total) including a one-pot & slow cooker one. I’m a big fan of one-pot cooking, because it means less washing-up! I’d never owned a slow cooker, though, but when Tesco are selling them for a tenner, it’s rude not to, right?
So when I ordered the slow cooker, I had a scan through the book to see what recipes to order food for, and the absolute winner was this beef & peanut stew recipe. Apparently, it’s an Estofado, which was taken by the Spanish to the Philippines, where they renamed it Kari Kari.
Although it’s not a fat club recipe, it’s actually pretty light on calories and fat (helped by using fry-light instead of oil) so if you’re looking for something healthy that still tastes indulgent, get stuck in!
I’m not a huge lover of fish, smoked or otherwise, but for some reason I’ve always loved the idea of kedgeree. There’s something exotic about it (maybe this is only true if you know a little of it’s colonial history) but I don’t think I’m quite intrigued enough to try it for breakfast!
My first attempt at this was a straight copy of a recipe I found on a Tesco card, but I found it too bland (all I could taste was lemon, really) so in true Tidy fashion, I tweaked it to make a filling yet light evening meal.
I’d never cooked fish before (honestly, unless we’re counting prawns!) so was a little apprehensive, but needn’t have worried… and neither should you. So crack on!