We almost always make food ‘from scratch’. In fact here it is very much the norm and I am not even sure there is a set phrase in spanish for ‘from scratch’ as it is largely assumed that is just how you would prepare food. There are ready meal and packet meal options in the supermarkets but far less quantity and variety than in the UK, where there is again much less than in the US. I remember a trip to Miami a couple of years ago where there was a whole aisle of bread options. I was totally lost and stood there dithering for a good 10 minutes, completely perplexed. In the UK it would maybe be half an aisle, equally confusing for me, as someone crippled with indecision over the most trivial decisions. Here you can choose from about 6 different kinds. Tops. In the supermarket I usually go to there are two sandwich bread options. Brown or White. Easy. The same can be said of ready meal / quick package meal options (and everything in fact) – so cooking from basics is just the norm. HOWEVER. No one or where is perfect and we all have our quicky dinners to fall back on. I am talking specifically about Fish Fingers. Beloved of (almost all) children (almost) everywhere, they were that one thing I could have in the freezer as back up for the days I found myself especially rushed and hassled and without a single original idea in my head for dinner. Until one day the kids decided they didn´t like them anymore. and that was that. Luckily they do still like and eat normal fish so we tend to eat it about once a week. Anyway this week we decided to have a go at making home made fish fingers and they were a roaring success.
As I am neither a food blogger or a photographer I missed out all the beautiful ´work in progress´ pics that seem pretty much mandatory for a post like this. Look, I was busy actually preparing my kids food, there was no time for pics. I will try to be more organised in future. But you know what these things look like so use your imagination, add an instagram filter to those mental images and sorted.
White fish fillets
Breadcrumbs (about 5 slices? a handful?)
zest of 1 lemon
Heat your oven to 200F. Prep a baking tray with greaseproof paper. Whizz up your breadcrumbs in whatever whizzy machine you use. Don´t try baguette, it doesn´t work. Maybe that is common knowledge but it was news to me so I am sharing it just in case (you´re welcome). add salt, pepper, lemon zest and mix it all up.
Grab those fish fillets. I used white, I think it was hake but I am sure anything would work. I had 4 fillets totally about 500g. Cut them into approximate goujon type size (See pic). Roll them about in the egg (you have cracked and beaten it already, right?) then roll them in the breadcrumbs. Throw them on the baking tray and into the oven. 20 mins later or when golden and yummy looking, take them out.
We ate them with home made fries (what other kind is there?) if you have never made oven chips WHERE ARE YOU FROMM? you just slice up the potato, drown it in a few glugs of olive oil, sprinkle on salt and throw in the oven on HOT HOT HOT for like, 20 mins? Look I SAID I am not a food blogger. We heat the oven on max setting, throw them in and then when we go OH SHIT THE CHIPS we turn them down to about 200-220 and just keep an eye on them.
To accompany H zapped up some guacamole (1 avocado, juice of 1 lime, about as much onion as looks like what 1 shallot would look like i.e. about a quarter – we never have shallots to hand – salt. coriander if you are lucky) and I did some aioli and a salad.
Aioli (basically garlic mayonnaise but H gives me murderous looks when I call it that so sssshhh don´t tell him)
into a receptacle throw:
1 big garlic clove, sliced
from a 200ml ish glass of oil add at this point just a good few glugs
whizz with handheld whizzy machine until it all looks combined. slowly add the rest of the oil until you have quantity/ consistency you want. I added almost all of it. At the end add the juice of quarter of a lemon, zap zap zap, and you are done.
Super healthy, super yummy, all homemade natural ingredients and just look at him shoving it in his mouth..