Many of you will know that Mr E is a helicopter pilot. For many years, he flew helicopters over the North Sea, based in Aberdeen and because of that, we’re always huge supporters of the RNLI whose crews work tirelessly to rescue people and save so many lives (including those of 12 oil workers and two pilots who ditched in their helicopter about 30 miles off the Aberdeen coast in 2012). Did you know that 2016 RNLI lifeboats rescued 8,643 people? And they do all that good work with the majority of funding coming just from voluntary contributions. When Crisp ‘n Dry contacted me to tell me that they’re supporting RNLI’s Fish Supper campaign, I was happy to join in and I’ve got two delicious recipes for you if you want to host your own fish supper, including this yummy, creamy fish pie with sweet potato mash, plus a delicious crispy Baja fish taco recipe coming on Saturday.
So it was the Disreputable One’s birthday on Saturday. As he loves a bit of tapas, I thought I’d cook him a tapas feast fit for a birthday boy. The menu looked like this:
Olives and spicy nibbles to start (we used these from Olives et Al – very yummy they are too)
baked cod with garlic and oregano
Spicy garlic prawns (click for recipe)
Smoky bacon meatballs (Albóndigas) in tomato and pepper sauce
Selection of cheese including The Birthday Cheese
Baked cod with garlic and oregano
When we were in the Canary Islands last year, we ate a beautiful baked hake dish with garlic and oregano. Sadly there was no hake at the market this Saturday, but I was determined to cook this dish for my Dad so we picked up some nice, chunky cod, which works equally as well. Here’s my approximation of the dish. Use a decent make of dried herb – you don’t want a dry, dusty one. I like dried oregano from Schwartz, but if you’re using fresh, double up and use 2 tsp.
1 kg fresh cod fillets
1 clove garlic
1 tsp oregano
Olive oil (preferably Spanish!)
Preheat the oven to 190/gas 5.
Pop the cod fillets into a large ovenproof dish. Bash the garlic with a pestle and mortar, add the oregano, then slowly glug in about 50ml olive oil.
Pour the mixture over the cod, then bake, uncovered, for about 20 minutes or until the fish flakes easily.
I’ll publish all the rest of the recipes for you, but until then, here’s the Birthday Boy, blowing out his cheesy birthday candle. Happy birthday Dad!
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