Hi. I'm your dinner.
|Fred's the one in the silver foil. I'm the other one.|
Anyway, I chickened out of trying to fillet him and had run out of time to make curry paste (was watching George and The Fish in a stare-out contest. Had to declare a draw in the end). Instead, I went for the following:
Baked turbotDouse Mr Fish with olive oil, salt, pepper and chili flakes and pop him in the oven for 20 minutes at 200c. He turns out soft, meaty and delicious, with easy-to-remove fillets (once cooked!) and a little bit of spice on the skin. I served him with a spicy potato salad and chili sweetcorn fritters.
Spicy Potato SaladBoil new potatoes until cooked through. Combine with (all raw and chopped finely) half a shallot, half a chili, a clove of garlic, two sticks of celery, coriander, olive oil and salt & pepper. The garlic burns your face off but as long as there's two of you it doesn't matter...
Make a thick batter with 100g of rice flour, two eggs and enough milk to make it drop off a spoon but not fall off it. Stir in a tin of drained sweetcorn, a chopped chili and seasoning. The mixture may look like it's going to be too wet to fry, but don't worry - it's rice flour and it needs more moisture than wheat flour. Fry tablespoons full in groundnut or vegetable oil for around a minute or two each side, until golden brown.
Lovely yummy dinner, and not at all scary. At least I now know where the bones lie - I WILL fillet him next time...