Category: Fish

Mag of The Month – Super Food Ideas – September 2002


Given that September is almost over, I thought I would quickly squeeze in a mag o’ the month.  If the month was September 14 years ago. However take a step back in time with me as we flick through the pages of Super Food Ideas.


Flavours of The Month – September 2002

Peaking  in September 2002 were


Here is my Salted Caramel Apple Pie:

Salted Caramel Apple Pie3Grapefruit

Here are two cocktails using grapefruit:

The Navigator

rp_The-Navigator3-802x1024.jpgThe Mexican Standoff

Honeydew Melon

AKA the worst melon.  I have no recipes.  I wouldn’t have it in my house. 

Pear (European).

Here is my Pickled Pear and Blue Cheese Salad.  Now, that was delicious.  I think I need to make it again.  After all, pears are peaking!

Pickled Pear & Blue Cheese Salad

Brain Teaser

This alphabet soup was featured in the August 2002 edition of Super Food Ideas.  Can you solve it?


The Food

I made four recipes from this Mag starting with:

Ricotta Wafers

ricotta wafersThis came from the Weekly Menu Section and was classified as an entrée.  I ate mine for lunch and it was a great quick lunch idea.  Ricotta with herbs mixed through served on crackers with tomato and avocado. 

Another lunch idea was this:

Ploughman’s Lunch

ploughmans-lunchNow, without wanting to seem too smug.  That ploughman’s lunch you see above?

I made that bread. From scratch.

I also made the chilli jam that you can see between the bread and the lettuce. 

And those pickled onions?  I made them too. 

Because I am fucking awesome. And because we’re doing preserving this month at Tasty Reads. 

See?  Not smug at all.

Quick Sushi

quick-sushi2Ok, before anyone tries to stage an intervention, just know that I haven’t started boozing on brandy in my lunch hour.  That Remy bottle was just  the right size to put my soy sauce in. 

Chargrilled Fish With Tarragon Salsa

The only thing I made that wasn’t a lunch was this lovely dinner.  The fish and salsa were really good.  Not so much the potato thing I had with it which was from that horrible Mexican book.


Here’s the recipe for the fish:

Char-Grilled Fish with Tarragon Salsa
A light and lovely dish, packed with flavour
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  1. 1 slice day old bread, crusts removed
  2. 1/4 cup tarragon leaves
  3. 1/4 cup parsley leaves
  4. 3 tbsp lemon juice
  5. 2 tbsp water
  6. 1 clove of garlic, sliced
  7. 1/4 cup olive oil
  8. 4 bream fillets
  9. Additional olive oil
  10. salt and pepper
  11. Lemon quarters to serve
  1. Tear the bread into small pieces.
  2. Place into a food processor with tarragon, parsley, water, lemon juice and garlic.
  3. Process until mixture is finely chopped.
  4. With the motor running slowly drizzle in the oil until the mixture forms a thick sauce.
  5. Brush the fish with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
  6. Cook on a hot char grill for 3-4 minutes each side or until cooked through.
  7. Top with tarragon salsa and serve with lemon quarters.
Adapted from Super Food Ideas - September 2002
Adapted from Super Food Ideas - September 2002
Retro Food For Modern Times
Next time, we’re getting classy and taking a step back in time with a look at Vogue Entertaining (Australia) from October 1989.

Have a great week!

PS, if you want any of the other recipes featured above, drop me a line and I’ll email them to you.

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Belly Stuffed Rainbow Trout & Orange Salad

Hello Friends!

Today we are celebrating Lunar New Year, and the Year of the Monkey with a delicious belly stuffed rainbow trout.  Lunar New Year, often called Chinese New Year  is celebrated all over Asia, and all over the world via the Asian diaspora.  It is a time for families to get to together, for the exchanging of gifts and of course food. 

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I read this article in Serious Eats recently and as soon as  I read that whole fish was a common item at Lunar New Year dinners I knew exactly what I wanted to cook.  I have been waiting for an occasion to make Sabrina Ghayour’s Belly Stuffed Rainbow Trout for AGES and this seemed like a perfect opportunity.   Fish is considered lucky for New Year, particularly at the Reunion (New Year’s Eve) Feast because the word for carp sounds like the words for good luck and gift.

Belly Stuffed Rainbow TrouNow I know some of you might be a bit freaked out by cooking / serving a whole fish.  And believe me, I used to be right there with you.  If you do not like the idea of a whole fish, you could certainly pan fry or bake fillets of rainbow trout and serve with the stuffing mixture.  However, in Chinese symbolism a whole fish represents togetherness and abundance. 

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But first, let’s talk Chinese Astrology.  We are about to enter the Year of The Monkey.  Famous people born in Monkey years include Leonardo Da Vinci, Elizabeth Taylor, George Lucas, Charles Dickens, and Lord Byron.  Gillian Anderson is also a Monkey.  Dragging that list down a notch or two from the great and the good,  other monkeys are Miley Cyrus and me!

What can you expect in the Year of The Monkey?

It is a year to act, to innovate and to take your destiny into your own hands.  However, the recklessness of the monkey also cautions us to think before we act so do not be  too hasty in making decisions.  Setting clear goals is important this year.  The monkey is also a sociable creature so this is a good year to nurture and expand your relationships with those around you. 

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Belly Stuffed Rainbow Trout

I guess I should have made something a bit more Asian to celebrate however Sabrina Ghayour’s recipe for belly stuffed rainbow trout is delicious at any time of the year!  Incidentally a rainbow trout is the only fish I have ever actually caught for myself. 

The fussiest eater in the world is a keen fisherman (yet curiously cannot eat anything he catches; he just throws them back).  A few years ago we rented a holiday house in the mountains and one afternoon set out to go berry picking.  Well the berry farm was closed but the trout farm was open.  He went to the most difficult area and started catching fish left, right and centre.  I was content to read my book but, seeing how easy it looked said that I would have a go.  Well.  We slowly moved from the most difficult to the next most difficult to the next most difficult,  ending up in what was basically a wading pool.  The four year olds (who were the only other people using this pond) and I eventually caught our fish.  Then I cried because I felt bad about killing something.  But my rationale was “If I’m going to kill something then I ‘m damn well going to eat it” so we stopped on the way home and bought some almonds and I made us a lovely Trout Almandine for dinner.

He refused to eat it.  Which resulted in a blazing row where the phrase “I killed a fish for you.  How can you not eat it?” and variations there of were thrown around the room.  Miraculously his piece of trout stayed in the pan and not over his head!

Lesson learned.  This time, we  bought a trout.

Rainbow TroutThe stuffing is a very tasty and gorgeously colourful mix of spring onions, pine nuts, garlic, chilli, coriander and preserved lemons.

Belly Stuffed Rainbow Trout2Sabrina’s recipe for Belly Stuffed Rainbow Trout can be found here.

My notes on this recipe were that even though I halved the stuffing ingredients  because I was only cooking one trout I still had a lot of it left over. 

This is not really an issue as it is totally delicious and I had the following ideas for the remainder:

  • Scatter over cooked vegetables
  • Add a little olive oil and toss through pasta, maybe with some crispy breadcrumbs
  • Serve on flatbread crisps with a dob of hummus as an appetizer
  • Stir through rice for a pilaf effect
  • Sprinkle onto mushrooms and grill. 

Or you could just do what I did and just eat it by the spoonful while waiting for the fish to cook!

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Orange & Arugula Salad

To serve with my Belly Stuffed Rainbow Trout, I made a very simple orange, black olive and rocket (arugula) salad.  Citrus fruits are a symbol of prosperity, good luck and abundance and lettuce symbolises spring.  So, despite not having Asian flavours my salad has come celebratory significance.

It’s almost too easy to call a recipe but here we go:

Orange, Olive and Arugula Salad
A delicious, fresh and simple salad that is a perfect accompaniment to seafood.
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  1. 100g rocket / arugula
  2. 1 orange
  3. handful of black olives
  4. 1 tbsp orange juice
  5. 1/2 tbsp lemon juice
  6. 1 tbsp olive oil
  7. S&P
  1. Place the rocket in a salad bowl.
  2. Segment the orange removing all peel and pith. Do this over a bowl so you catch the juice - this can be used for the dressing
  3. Toss in a handful of black olives
For The Dressing
  1. Mix the orange juice, lemon juice, olive oil and seasoning to taste.
  2. When ready to serve pour over the salad
You can fancy up this salad with any //all of the following
  1. Chopped toasted walnuts or pistachios
  2. Toasted pinenuts
  3. Pomegranate seeds
  4. Thinly sliced fennel
  5. Thinly sliced red onion
  6. A smattering of feta
  7. Some tarragon leaves
Retro Food For Modern Times

Chinese Lantern BannerSome other lucky foods to serve at Lunar New Year include:

  • Spring rolls represent gold bars
  • Celery for wisdom
  • Plums for mental acuity
  • Dumplings for wealth
  • Long Noodles for a long life.

My work is celebrating tomorrow with a yum-cha lunch.  Bring on the dumplings!

Lunar New Festivals will continue until 22 February so you have plenty of time to join in the celebrations. 

Just for fun, I took some fortune cookies to a family dinner and we all chose one to pick our fortune for lunar new year.  This was mine:

Fortune cookieIf you are celebrating Lunar New Year, or even if you are not, you are all my garden of roses and I wish you all a year of joy and abundance!

Have a wonderful week.  I’m off to eat my weight in dumplings!

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Fish and Bacon Whirls – A Cinderella Story

Hello friends, today I am bringing you a fairy tale in the guise of a song.  A song of the sea.  Which as anyone of a certain generation will tell you, can only mean one thing.  Not only are we taking a second dip into the Frozen Food Shortcuts  Section of the A-Z of Cooking but also into one of my childhood favorites and guilty pleasures as a grown up. Yes, Fish Fingers are on the menu!  Yayyyy!!!! 

But not just plain fish fingers..  No way.  The A-Z of Cooking and I are jointly acting as the Fish Fingers’ fairy godmother and getting  them ready for the Royal Ball.  Or, slightly closer to their humble roots, maybe the Over 40’s singles night at the local piano bar. 

Fish and Bacon WhirlsBefore we continue, for my American readers a fish finger is what you more prosaically call a fish stick.  It’s so sad that you are missing out one of the best things about fish fingers.  Which is messing about with small children’s minds – just watch the total look of bafflement when you tell them for the first time they are having fish fingers for dinner.  Even the boldest will pause.  “But…fish don’t have fingers.”  Opportunity lost, America. 

So, what does joint fairy God Mother, The A-Z of cooking have in store for our fishy Cinderella?  Well the name of the post might have spoiled the surprise but it’s bacon.  Which is almost cheese-like in its ability to make anything taste better!  Nice move, A-Z of Cooking!

The idea is quite simple.  Wrap your fish finger in bacon.


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If the bacon forms the Pumpkin Coach, then the Glass Slippers are my spicy tartare sauce.  ( I only just now realised some places in the world call this tartar sauce. In my world tartar is something gross that grows on your teeth.  So I’m sticking with tartare for my sauce).

My tartare sauce is a fairly fluid recipe, the only absolutes are mayo and a slug of Tabasco sauce.  The other ingredients utterly depend on what I have in the pantry or fridge.

It can include any of the following:

  • Chopped gherkins
  • Chopped Pickled Jalapenos
  • Chopped Red Onion
  • Capers
  • Chives
  • Dill
  • Lemon Juice
  • Tarragon

Fish and Bacon Whirls3Finally, lightly toast two pieces of bread.  Spread one slice liberally with your tartare sauce.

Place some crisp lettuce leaves on the other slice. 

Once cooked, to your liking, place your Fish and Bacon Whirls on the slice of bread with the tartare.  Sandwich together and voila! 

Fish and Bacon Whirls4This can be pulled together in under 5 minutes, the cost is minimal, and Captain Birdseye assures me that my fish fingers are made from sustainably farmed Hoki.

He’s suspiciously silent on what that iridescent orange coating is made from – I’m fairly sure it’s nothing from this planet.  Hey, maybe that’s what the new X-Files is about. 

Fish and Bacon Whirls5Here is the original recipe from the A-Z of Cooking:

Fish and Bacon Whirls origI think we’ve done a good job of prettying her up. 

You can go to the ball Cinderella!


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The Margaret Fulton Cookbook 11- Fish

Fish…is fresh when the eyes are bright, the flesh is firm, the gills red and the scales do not come off easily.  Fish should smell of the sea.

The biggest crime is to overcook fish.  Whichever method of cooking you choose, watch your fish with loving care, serve it with a glad heart and a touch of parsley, a wedge of lemon or a dash of paprika”

– Margaret Fulton

Fresh lively vibrant seaood



Fish  - MFCB 1977Yikes!  So much fish, none of it looking all that appetizing.  And that fake background of the sea.  Because that’s where fish comes from kids.  Just in case you didn’t know….


I really want to be on a beach somewhere watching the sunset and eating some fish and chips as mouthwateringly delicious as these. 

 Margaret Fulton's Fish and Chips

Margaret Fulton’s Fish and Chips


What do I love about this photo?  The crispy fish, the sharp salt crystals, the hazy tartare sauce in the background, the muted colour sheme that makes the fish, the chips and the lemon just pop…so, in short everything!.

Hope your having a great week!  Now go eat some fish and chips…you know you want to!


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Book Club Update – Slow

It’s been a while so I thought I would give you a little update on how I am getting on with the Tasty Reads Books. 

Slow: Valli Little: August 2014 pick

Slow - Valli Little
Slow – Valli Little

Recipes in book: 60

Recipes marked to cook: 34 38

Cooked to date 12 22

Newly Cooked

p50 Fresh Piccalilli

I did not make the Ham Hock Terrine that this was supposed to accompany but this was one super pickle!!!  So fresh and tasty and zingy.  Piccalilli 2


p60 Roast Chicken With Pan Roasted Romesco

This was delicious!

Roast Chicken With Romesco

 p64 Oven Baked Thai Chicken Curry

Meh…take it or leave it…a solid chicken curry but nothing to write home about.

Oven Baked Chicken Curry
Oven Baked Chicken Curry

 p66 Moroccan Chicken with Olives

 Sorry, I took this photo on the fly during a dinner party.  Not the best quality but this dish was great.  Very tasty and you can pop it in the oven and pretty much forget about it until serving time! Oh,  and in the background you can see the fennel and apple salad from Persiana.

Slow - Moroccan Chicken With Olives
Slow – Moroccan Chicken With Olives

 p70 Massaman Roast Chicken

 I really wanted to cook this in style of the cover (above) but we had a heap of chicken breasts…this was delicious!

Slow - Massaman Curry Roast chicken
Slow – Massaman Curry Roast chicken

  p74 Fish Pie

 OMG.  So good. 

Slow - Fish Pie
Slow – Fish Pie


Slow - Fish Pie2
Slow – Fish Pie2

p76 Green Curry With Smoked Salmon

This was ok.  I  probably would not make it again.  It was a bit too salty with the smoked salmon and the soy and the fish sauce.

Slow - Hot Smoked Salmon Green Curry

 p84 Fish Tagine


Slow - Fish Tagine
Slow – Fish Tagine

 p102 Baked Mushrooms with Pine Nuts & Feta

Absolutely delicous!!!

Slow - Baked Mushrooms with Pine Nuts & Feta

 p124 Deep Fried Brie with Sweet Chilli Sauce

 Slow - Deep Fried Brie

 Of this lot, my top three were the mushrooms, the fish pie and the tagine.  And you know…fried cheese is never  wrong!!! The piccalilli was really good too.

The worst was the smoked salmon curry.  Funny thing was, I don’t think I had it marked as something to cook, however we bought some hot smoked salmon which was on sale so I thought I would give it a go.  I should have stuck to my initial instincts.

 Still To Go

p6 Braised Beef Cheeks With Salsa Verde

p8 Braciola  (you’ll notice I’ve added a few in)

p10 Steak with Wild Mushroom Sauce

 p22 Lamb & Apricot Tagine

p24 Massaman Curry Lamb Shanks

p28 Lamb En Croute

p36 Macaroni Cheese with Truffle Oil

p44 Meatballs with Heavenly Mash

p62 Roast Quail with Split Pea Dhal

p88 Mushroom Soup with Garlic Bread

p92 Cauliflower Cheese Soup

p104 Pumpkin, Goat’s Cheese and Onion Marmalade Jalousie

p106 Twice Baked Souffles

p110 Mushroom & Potato Tarts

p116 Bagna Cauda with Baby Vegetables

p118 Instant Fondue with Roast Vegetables

Sixteen to go.

I’d like to cook them all before this August which will be the 12 month mark.  Technically, that should be easy.  Then again, I also have retro books, Persiana, Healthy Every Day and two Tasty Reads selections I have not even told you about yet!!!  Plus at least one other bloggy project I am keen to get off the ground.  We’ll see…

 Have a great week!

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