Sunday, 6 April 2014
Playing catch up
I rarely cook after work - Mr M is quite frankly my knight in a shiny apron. I wanted to cook him something lovely, and it being a Friday thought it rather apt to cook fish. A whole rainbow trout to be precise from the fish counter at Waitrose. There's a great recipe in Jamie's 15 Minute Meals - baked whole trout, jersey royals, peas and mustard sauce. Okay - so it wasn't done in 15 minutes, but it was delicious and I got to use some of the fresh mint that has resurfaced in the garden. Seriously, I had no idea how easy it was to cook a whole fish - for some reason I thought it would be really tricksy and vaguely gruesome with the head and tail, and a pain to bone, hence I'd always steered clear - but nope, just a splash of oil, seasoning and thyme and a hot oven. Oh, and Mr M's deboning advice upon serving. I've avoided whole fish in restaurants following my mackerel disaster with the lovely K - she deboned hers beautifully whilst I failed miserably ending up with a crunchy mush and utter embarrassment.
I wish we had a local fishmonger. Sadly, the nearest is miles away and a complete palaver to get to. I miss the regular interaction and knowledge. There's something wonderful about walking into a speciality store be it a fishmonger, Italian deli or butcher where you're recognised and recommendations are put forward. Are you lucky enough to have a local source?