One of my favourite things in the entire world is cooking. I love literally everything about it. I love searching different websites to find new recipes to try out, planning my meals, doing the weekly food shop, preparing, the actual cooking bit; but most importantly and I am 100%, head over heels in love with eating.
I am (perhaps not so coincidentally) on a weight loss journey. I’ll probably talk more about that in another entry, but I’ve lost around 50 pounds in total so far, and as such I’ve learned how to make a lot of dishes that you might consider ‘naughty’, in a not so naughty fashion.
The one I had today was fish and chips. I feel that as British woman it is my absolute duty to champion fish and chips, and champion them I will! There is scarcely a happier moment for me than being sat near the seaside, eating fresh fish encased in a golden, crispy batter, chips that are fried to perfection and mushy peas that are…well, probably in all honesty a bit gross, but I’ve been eating them so long I think I’ve trained myself to love them.
Now, as incredible as the real deal is, it’s just not gonna happen for a former fatty on a Wednesday evening. So we adapt. To make the meal photographed, I preheated the oven to 200. Next I chopped a potato into chip shapes, whacked them in a bowl and drizzled with a small amount of garlic oil, salt and pepper and dried parsley for a bit of added flavour that accompanies white fish beautifully.These need to cook for about 40 minutes, turning half way through the cooking process. For the fish, I wrapped a frozen piece of white fish (from aldi, in the blue packets), in a tin foil parcel with a squeeze of lemon juice and plenty of pepper to season. This went into the oven about ten minutes after the chips. Microwave a tin of mushy peas (for the love of god don’t microwave the actual tin!) and mix with mint sauce. Serve, and voila. No deep fat frying, no guilt inducing batter. Just a simple, relatively healthy tea.
Ba da bing ba da boom.
(Yeah ok so it’s still not as good as the real thing, but sometimes you have to learn to compromise in this life. Your heart will thank you.)