Equal parts British nursery food for darling little children and the worst insult to effeminate one-handed pirates, this turned out awfully delightful!
I based my dish on this recipe from Cook it Simply with a couple adjustments in ingredients and cooking method (Do I look like I have suet? Or a pudding basin? But I got through it, oh the cleverness of me!). The result was like a crustless mini quiche – super tasty, and I think the lemon zest brought out the pleasant fishy flavor and brightened it several shades above stereotypically tasteless nursery fare.
It was very good warm the night of, my kids loved it, and because I am a monster who eats straight from the fridge can offer that it was even good cold the next day.
Adapted from Cook it Simply
Heat oven to 350° and grease a muffin tin.
Combine cod, butter, lemon zest, salt, pepper, eggs, and milk. In a food processor, blitz bread and parsley to fine crumbs. Stir into cod mixture.
Divide evenly between muffin cups. Place the muffin tin on a large rimmed baking sheet in the oven, and add water to the baking sheet to about three quarters full.
Bake for one hour (start checking at 50 minutes, it’s fine for the tops to brown but if they start getting too done cover with foil) until the mixture is fairly solid. Remove to a rack and cool 15-20 minutes.
Gently remove each pudding, I spooned around the rim to loosen it and used two spoons to lift it to the plate. They’ll get less delicate as they cool.
Garnish with a little extra chopped parsley and serve warm, or enjoy later room temp or even cold.
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Scarlet helped Mr. Frost with his grave-rubbings until midday, when they stopped for lunch. He offered to buy her fish and chips as a thank-you, and they walked down to the fish and chip shop at the bottom of the road, and as they walked back up the hill, they ate their steaming fish and chips, drenched in vinegar and glittering with salt, out of paper bags.
–Chapter 7, “Every Man Jack”, The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
Preheat your oven to 200ºF. Heat the oil in a tall, heavy-bottomed pot to 375ºF. Drape a few paper towels on a cooling rack & have it near the stove. Mix the flour, soda, & salt in a med-large bowl to create the batter. Put the potato starch in a medium bowl or plate & dredge the fish in it. Next, dip the fish into the batter to coat completely. In a back-and-forth motion, lower half of the dipped fish into the hot oil & cook until golden & then remove to the paper towel-lined rack & sprinkle with salt. Repeat this process with the remaining fish. To keep the fish warm, put them on a tray & slide it into the preheated oven.
Bring the oil to 325ºF. Peel the potatoes & cut them into strips about 1/2″ wide by 3″ long. Submerge the pieces in cold water & swish them around with your hand. Drain & pat them dry, & then submerge them in the oil. Cook for about 2 minutes & then remove the potato pieces to the paper towel-lined rack. Raise the oil to 375ºF & submerge them again, letting them cook for another couple minutes. Remove & sprinkle generously with salt.
Serve the chips in a turned down paper bag, alongside the fish, & drench (according to your preference) with malt vinegar. And please, do not share with anyone named Jack. In fact, if you come across a Jack, run very quickly in the opposite direction.
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