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Fantastic fried fish
Fried fish is a very popular way to enjoy fish. Any type of firm fleshed fish can be used and fresher is better of course. There are many varieties of frozen fish available, but one of my favourites is our very own flying fish—or is it Tobago or Barbados flying fish? Frozen flying fish comes already cleaned, and each package contains about five fillets. Easy to prepare, simply soak in some water, add a little lime juice, some salt, and leave for about ten minutes. Rinse, pat dry, season and you are now ready to dip them with batter and fry them up. Fried flying fish calls for local provisions to go alongside it on your lunch or dinner plate, so try it with a delightful sweet potato salad and finish up the meal with a healthy oatmeal bar, all homemade of course.
SWEET POTATO SALAD
1 lb sweet potatoes
1 cup mixed fresh herbs (basil, chives, chadon beni/cilantro or parsley)
1 large red or green bell pepper, seeded and cut into strips
Juice of one lemon or 3 tbsps fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup sunflower oil
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1 clove minced garlic
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Preheat broiler. Combine all ingredients for the vinaigrette and set aside.
Boil or roast sweet potatoes until tender, drain, and cool. Peel and cut into one inch cubes.
Combine herbs, peppers and potatoes, toss with vinaigrette and season to taste with pepper and salt. Chill. n Serves 4 to 6
JAMMY OATMEAL BARS
1 cup all purpose flour
3/4 cup oatmeal dried
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup butter, melted
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 sp vanilla
3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup raspberry jam or other flavour
Preheat oven to 250F. Grease and flour a nine-inch baking tin. In a mixing bowl combine flour, oatmeal, brown sugar, baking soda, add butter, and stir well, add chocolate chips, and combine.
Press half of mixture to cover bottom of pan. Spread jam over top. Cover with remaining oatmeal mixture. Bake for 30 minutes until golden. Cool in pan and cut into bars. n Makes 30
BATTER FRIED FLYING FISH
2 packets frozen flying fish or 10 fillets
2 tsp salt
1 tbsp olive oil
2 tbs minced herbs (chive, parsley, thyme)
8 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
Milk to mix to a smooth batter
Vegetable oil to fry
Fill a bowl with water, add 2 tsp salt and squeeze lime into water.
Soak fish in this solution for five minutes Remove fish fillets, rinse and drain well.
Combine olive oil with garlic, herbs and pepper.
Rub this mixture onto fish fillets, taking time to stuff the openings on the fillets with some of the mixture. Combine batter ingredients, mix to a smooth batter.
Dip the fish in batter. Shake off any excess, Heat oil in frying pan. Fry fish for a few minutes per side, just until golden. Drain and serve at once.
n Serves 4 to 6
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