For a seafood hater, I seem to be posting quite a few seafood recipes right? I'm surprised myself..but Ro's new rule is that we should have fish atleast twice a week and me with all my nagging has cut it down to once a week. Honestly, if its masalafied and made as per my liking, I don't mind having them..which is exactly what i did with these cod steaks.
England is known for its fish and chips and when we had guests 2 weeks back, we took them to this authentic fish and chips joint called The Golden Hind. Of course there was nothing other than fish and chips and mushy peas and I decided to just have some batter fried squid rings which was an appetizer. Nope, my husband would not let me go with just that..so the other normal sounding item was cod fish cakes and so i ordered those. They were so darn fishy (if you know what i mean) that i couldn't finish it. Braved my way through one half and then traded it for Ro's Haddock which was bearable, but preferred to munch on the chips instead. So i thought I'd recreate it at home the way i like, and yes, it was bearable.
Yeah i know im a disgrace to all the mallu's out there..but hey, Ive atleast evolved to having fish once a week:)
Cod fish cakes
Boneless, skinless cod steaks- 350 gms (2 medium size fillets)
Asian shallots- 2, roughly chopped
Garlic- 2 pods, roughly chopped
Chopped parsley- a handful
Salt- to season
Pepper- to season
Olive oil- 1 tbsp
Vegetable oil- to fry
Potato- 1 medium, boiled, peeled and mashed
Bread crumbs- 3 tbsp (optional)
Cut the cod steaks into bite size pieces and steam for about 5 to 6 minutes till flaky. Break it up into smaller flakes and keep aside.
In a frying pan, heat some olive oil and sauté the shallots and garlic till translucent.
Add the flaked up fish and mix well, season with salt and pepper and the parsley. Keep aside to cool.
Once cool, add the mashed potato, egg and bread crumbs and mix well with your hand till everything is combined well.
Make small patties and shallow fry in oil...about 3 to 4 minutes on each side.
Drain on paper towels and serve them hot with a salad.
Notes: Any white fish like haddock or cobbler can be used.
You can fill a saucepan with 1/4th water, place the cod in it, close and cook till it becomes flaky. Then drain the water and break it up into smaller pieces. I just used a steamer so it was much easier.
You can bake the patties if you prefer that...I'm not really sure how long ud need to keep them though.
I think this was so much more easier than cutlets... :)
Cold Potato Salad
Always a pleaser, this salad had made its entry quite a few times and is a life saver when I'm low on things to make :)
Baby potatoes- 5 medium, boiled and cut into cubes
Yoghurt- 2 tbsp
Garlic mayo- 1 tbsp
Chives- a handful
Orange pepper- one half, chopped into small cubes
Salt and pepper- to season
Mix together all the ingredients in a large bowl, season with salt and pepper and garnish with chopped chives. See I told you it was way too easy to pass:)