Big Fish

July 20, 2008

NaBloPoMo July 08 Day 20

Yesterday we took a trip to Cleethorpes for a big fish. The fish always seems sweeter and fresher here, Grimsby is just next door, so hopefully we are getting the best 🙂

Big Fish

We found this chip shop a few years ago and have used it ever since. It has a little cafe attached, only about 8 or 10 tables, and its always full of customers. If my Mother taught me anything, it’s to always look for the shop with the most customers. I hate to queue, but for fresh cooked food, I’ll happily wait.

We used to use the Seaways around the corner on the front, yes the fish are bigger but when you go in and see all the food piled up the heated cabinets, you have to wonder how long its been sitting there.

So my recomendation for a great sitdown fish and chip is Ernie Becketts on Market street. But be warned, You may have to wait for a table 🙂

I feel like Chinese Tonight

July 19, 2008

NaBloPoMo July 08 Day 19

You know what they say about the road to hell and good intentions! We were all set to have a healthy dinner of Turkey breast, potatoes and salad. I’m not sure exactly what happened, but the next thing I knew there was a nice man at the door asking for money and offering me food.

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We ordered twice what we needed, we’ll have left-overs tomorrow. Special fried rice, special chow mein, special curry, special chop suey, mixed prawn and chicken balls with sweet and sour sauce and chips. Ordering enough for 2 days means I can pig out on several dishes, I do like to try things, its almost like having a mini-buffet at home. The whole lot cost £20 and will feed us twice, so that £5 a head, cheaper than going to the real chinese buffet and I get to drink my own lager from the fridge!

It’s interesting this NaBloPoMo thing, mapping out what I eat over a month. I would say so far its not quite typical, but its close. For instance, there is a bit more incentive for me to find different photos, so I’m more likley to suggest eating out* or getting food delivered. I’m really looking forward to finishing the month and looking back over it all 🙂

*I’ve just suggested that we go to the coast for a few hours for a Fish and Cip dinner on the sea front!

Team Andy’s Curry Club

July 18, 2008

NaBloPoMo July 08 Day18

Last night we ate out, for it was Thursday, which means Curry Club!

I’ve been promising to go to Curry Club with members of my team and had to keep putting it off, either they or I was on late shift etc….. It all came together yesterday and we managed to get 5 of us in the same place at the same time 🙂 (The 2 no-shows barely deserve mention.)

Team Andy's Curry Club

You’ll have to excuse the picture quality, I realised this morning that I left the camera on “close up” for all of them. So only the actual close up of the food is of a reasonable clarity.

The 2 NRI’s proclaimed the curry to be of a passing standard. The mango chutney however, caused wrinkled noses and was discarded after the first tasting.

Top left, food. Top right, Satya between Luke and Lisa, the mosiac maker was pretty cruel in cropping them out of the frame. Bottom left, Paul and a blurry Nick. Bottom right, Luke and Satya admiring Luke’s wonderful photos that are no doubt much better than these, if only for being in focus!

Pork Kofta

July 17, 2008

NaBloPoMo July 08 Day17

Pork Kofta or if you prefer Pork Kebab, whichever you choose has to be better than the Pork Grillsticks title given to them by Morrisons butchery!

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Simply grilled on the George, with a dressed salad and a few drops of Tomato infused Olive oil.

Pan fried Salmon

July 16, 2008

NaBloPoMo July 08 Day16

Dinner yesterday was a simple meal of pan fried* Salmon, Corn and new Potatoes.

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Note the generous dusting of freshly milled Pepper and the equally liberal drizzle of Olive oil. Paul had the same meal but, being more traditional, preferred a good knob of butter and twist of salt.

Sorry about the photo, my attempt to break open the fillet and position it all fancy didnt quite work. I promise you this was a thick and juicy piece of Salmon fillet before I started messing.

The Corn was left on the cob, it always tastes better that way, I also like getting stuck into my food with my hands occasionaly 🙂

The only downside to my love of all things fish? As I write this morning, the kitchen still has a faint whiff of lingering Salmon 😦

*Get me being all chef-y, pan fried indeed, where else would it be fried?

One potato, two potato, three potato, four…..

July 15, 2008

NaBloPoMo July 08 Day15

I went over to Mexborough on Sunday and Shaun was kind enough to let me have some of these little beauties, fresh from his allotment. Actually, there were more, but we scoffed them already 🙂

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The variety is Charlotte and let me tell you they are excellent, great colour, wonderful texture and most importantly they taste divine. I cant wait until my Potatoes begin to crop and I can return the favour!

Turkey and Mushroom Pie

July 14, 2008

NaBloPoMo July 08 Day14

Sunday lunch yesterday was a Turkey and Mushroom Pie made by Paul. It was very nice, and so I ate too much and gave myself heartburn. It’s the pastry that does it, I cant eat any shop bought pastry, but I can never resist the stuff that Paul makes. He does try to make it a bit lighter for me, but what can you do really? Its just fat and flour in some ratio and so I’m bound to suffer later. I took a Ranitadine, but it seems, too late to stop me feeling the pain, thankfully it didnt last too long before the tablet kicked in.

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We ate it with cauliflower, cabbage and gravy. The cabbage was especially tasty because Shaun, the brother in law, gave it me from his allotment 🙂


July 13, 2008

NaBloPoMo July 08 Day13

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What do YOU call these?

According to Wikipedia you might say papad, pappad, pappard, pappadom, pappadum, popadam, poppadam, poppadom, appadum, appalum, appala, appoll or even papari.

I guess I would say poppadom, except privately me and Paul say papad, a shared reference to spending time in India. I’ve tried all sorts of papad in India, plain ones and ones with bits of chilli or garlic or pepper in them. They are also wonderful served as a rolled snack, filled with prawn or meat curry.

The pack on the left came from India, I always like to bring some back with me, are Ganesh garlic papad, they cost 23 Rupees which is about 30 pence. The Ruby brand plain poppadums are from Morrisons were about a Pound I think.

They say to fry them but you can also bake them, I even used to put them in the pop up toaster which worked well. Nowadays, my usual method is to microwave them. You have to turn them half way through, or they dont cook in the middle otherwise.

Its amazing how they allow you to see the microwaves working, as they rotate past the microwave emmiter, they puff up in an odd pattern. I wonder if I could get a video of it to show you?

Anyway it gives a great texture, all dry and crunchy and not like the oily ones you get from the takeaway. You can taste the papad, not whatever else was cooked in the oil 😦

We enjoyed them with some fresh onion salad prepared by Paul, followed by the leftover curry from the day before. Wasting food is in the news at the moment, its just not something I’ve ever done and of course, curry always tastes better the next day!

Front room picnic

July 12, 2008

NaBloPoMo July 08 Day12

Do you ever have a front room picnic?

Front room picnic

In this case its a conservatory picnic 🙂 You can’t see in the picture but its pissing down with rain outside but hey, who cares?

We can still have a picnic!

Lets see, Papadom, Onion Salad, Onion Bhaji, Mixed Tikka, Chicken Makhani, Lamb Razala, Pilau Rice and a Garlic Nan.

Its hard finding good Indian delivery, it seems as quickly as you find it then they change hands or the food goes downhill, Chinese take aways are even worse for this 😦 This food was from the Kamaal Palace on Woodburn Road, Darnall. Its the second time we have used it and we were both very impressed, deffo one to keep the menu handy!

PS, Im loving these mosaic style pictures, sorry if I’m overdoing it, I’m sure I’ll get over it soon. Its just that I’ve totally solved the problem of choosing my favourite after I take multiple pictures of something, check out fd’s Flickr Toys.

Fish, my way.

July 11, 2008

NaBloPoMo July 08 Day11

Yesterday we were on late shift again, 2 days in a row because Paul agreed to swap as a favour to one of the team. This meant I had time to play around the kitchen when it came to lunchtime.

I’ve mentioned my super secret coating recipe before, this time I thought I’d let you in on the secret. The recipe, like most of mine, changes every time, this version worked really well and I’ll probably aim to repeat it, unless I come up with a new idea to try!

In a bowl I mixed 60/40 of Chickpea/Gram flour and plain flour with a small teaspoon of bi-carb, a pinch of Cayenne pepper and another of Garam Masala. Now, after drying the fish off, add each fillet separately making sure it gets a good coating. I find that, if you have the time, setting them aside for 10 minutes and then running them through the coating again gives a better finish.

Now its time to fry!

Fish, my way.

You can see that, if you’ve been good, you get a nicely coated fillet that wont be greasy inside, just succulent and moist. I dont eat ordinary batter, but this I dont waste, for me its the chickpea flour that makes it so tasty and edible and the spices give a nice overall lift.

So there you have it, thats my secret, do you have one to tell?