Today was our virtual Travel day and strangely enough the participants decided to stay in the UK. Willowy Blond and family had a STAYCATION, whilst we decamped to the 100 AKKER WOOD> No it is not a spelling mistake, that is how Pooh Bear spells it just as he spells honey HUNNY.
So what do you have to eat on a Staycation, well Fish and Chips ( I should have been on the Staycation as it is my all time favourite) whilst in the 100 Akker Wood, all we had was Hunny Sandwiches, which makes a change from Jam Butties I guess.
Himself really like Mackerel, ( me not so much, along with smoked haddock, shark and sword fish). I remember eating it in a restaurant in Berlin a life time ago, didn’t like it then and don’t like it now ! BUT I cook these thing for himself whilst I can have things I really like, such as Shrimp and avocados.
Consequently the other day, I cooked Mackerel, fresh out of the freezer, quickly defrosted and equally quickly cooked.
- 2 mackerel filets, with the skin on
- 2 tbsp flour plus 1 tsp of any of the following, paprika, harissa, chilli powder
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- a clove of garlic if desired
- juice and zest of a small orange
- 1-2 tsp harissa paste ( adds spice and flavour but don’t worry too much if you don’t have it, Sriracha can also be used.
- 50 grms of toasted pine nuts ( if you have them or try toasted almond flakes)
- small bunch of coriander
Whisk together 1 tbsp of the oil, the juice and the zest, and the harissa paste in a bowl
Heat the rest of the oil in a frying pan.
Roll the fish in the flour mixture, and fry the fish skin side down for about 6 minutes, quickly flip over just for a brief moment.
Pour over the sauce, bring to the boil and let the liquid become sticky. Serve with the nuts and coriander as garnish. See I said it was quick and easy and of course this sauce may be used on other fish or even chicken.
And what did we wear in the 100 AKKER Wood ( see Below) and as for the Staycationers, well they seemed to have showers but did not deter the youngest from swimming ! ( and note the busy buzzing bees in the 100 AKKER Wood!