Monkfish Nuggets, Chips & Mushy Peas at Cod’s Scallops

dinner, Fish, food, lifestyle, naughtiness, restaurant reviews, reviews, Uncategorized

Now, let’s get one thing straightened out here before we begin. I’ve seen numerous comments from people who don’t live in Britain about how disgusting our greasy fish and chips are. First of all, can you not? But second of all, yeah ok, actually, occasionally the chip shop experience can be a bit…off putting. But it’s important to differentiate between the crap sorts of chippies that stay open til 4am & also serve pizza and kebabs; and the places like the cod’s scallops in Nottinghamshire. Comparing the 2 is much akin to comparing Rebecca Black with Beyonce. These places pride themselves on using the freshest fish they can possibly find, perfecting their batter to a crisp, golden crunch and accompanying it with chips that will make you fall to your knees and thank the potato gods. Seriously though.

I went for my first, long awaited visit to the Cod’s Scallops on Bramcote Lane on Monday night to celebrate my Grandad’s 78th birthday. Good old Grandad. The first thing I noticed when I arrived was how small the place is. I’d definitely recommend booking a table to make sure you’re not disappointed by a long wait to sit down. Or alternatively if you fancy it, you can order to take out. 

The little details found throughout the restaurant really set the scene. For example, the kitchen is open, and the staff working there all wear handkerchief type things in their head, tightened at the 4 corners, which makes them look very ‘men at sea’. In fact the whole place ha a very nautical theme. I now wish I’d taken more photos but it was quite busy when we went in at 7pm, so I didn’t want people to think I was some weirdy creeper person taking photographs of them eating…..

  
Our waitress was lovely. She was bubbly and friendly without being in your face and fake. Also, when she came to bring our food, she told my Nan she couldn’t remember if she’d ordered mushy peas or not, so she had put some in a pot on the side of her plate just in case. (As it happens my Nan had ordered peas at the last minute, so yay).

  
There’s also a raw fish counter where you can buy fish to take away and cook yourself which I think is a nice touch. Living smack bang in the middle of the country means that REALLY fresh, good quality fish can be difficult to come by. God, thanks Geography. 

One of my favourite things about Cods Scallops is that you can order your fish fried or baked, with chips or potato salad. As we were celebrating, I went for the naughty option, but I have friends who have been and ordered the baked fish and said it was cooked and seasoned beautifully. 

  
As I said, I went for one of the naughty options and ordered battered nuggets of monkfish, served with chips cooked in beef dripping and a pot of mushy peas. There were a lot of fishy options available – choosing one was a bit of a struggle to be honest, much to the exasperation of my family. But seriously, you could choose from salmon, cod, haddock, sashimi grade tuna, scallops, lobster, swordfish – and that’s just to name just a few. How is one supposed to make that decision quickly?! This shit is important! If you want to have a look at the full menu, you can find their website here. If you live in the midlands, or fancy a trip here, definitely check this little gem out. It really felt like an experience rather than just a trip to the chippy. 

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Chorizo and Monkfish Salad

food, weight loss

This is probably the most middle class lunch I’ve ever made, and I feel like I should spend the rest of the day watching reruns of The Simpsons, eating pom bears and drinking panda pops, just to get the balance right. I mean, I won’t, but I feel like I should.

Last night I went back to my parents house for dinner and to hang out a little while. It was nice, but my mum told me I look like I’ve gained weight on my face, which bummed me out well and truly. She didn’t mean it to upset me, it’s just one of those things that only really mums and sisters can get away with saying. Even though I got quite upset about it, I’m actually really, really glad she said it. For a while I’ve been sliding on a slippery slope back to my bad eating habits, and I’ve recognised it but not had that kick up the bum to do anything about it. I think somebody else being brutally honest with me is actually really beneficial for me in the long run. Sure, the initial statement stung, but I can now use that sting to motivate me to get back on track so I don’t have to feel it again.

So with that in mind, today I got up and made myself an egg white omlette with mushrooms and about 20g of mature cheddar. Not the most exciting breakfast but satisfying none the less. Lunchtime however was a different story entirely. I have just consumed this glorious feast of chorizo and monkfish salad, pictured above (and below). Whenever I make a salad I like to use the 3 basics as a base. Leaves, cucumber and tomatoes. Then I start to think about ingredients I can add that provide a whole bunch of flavour. I tend to go for garlic stuffed olives and artichokes, as I did here. I also added some red onion, although sometimes I’ll add spring onion, grated carrot, sweetcorn, herbs such as corriander or parsley or anything else I can find lurking around my cupboards that takes my fancy.The final step in salad building 101 with Lucy is to add the protein. I’m probably one of the least fussy eaters in the entire world, so the world is really my oyster here. Chicken, tuna, feta, mozzerella, nuts and seeds, salmon, eggs, hummus, prawns – I’ll pretty much take anything. Today I had a couple of posh ingredients though, as a result of my Ocado shop last week. Chorizo is unfortunately very high in fat, but more fortunately very high in flavour, so you really don’t need to use a lot to get that flavour packed punch you want to create. Once the chorizo was cooked I added that to the salad. After draining the pan of the excess chorizo fat, I then cooked the monk fish. Draining the fat meant getting rid of the excess calories, but retaining that smokey paprika flavour. It really was a lovely little Sunday treat.

The rest of the day is going to be very Sunday-esque. I envision a lot of youtube, netflix, getting my clothes sorted for the upcoming work week, dinner and a Sunday night workout before a shower and bed. I might even squeeze a nap in there somewhere. Bliss.