Battered fish with tomato salad and garlic mash
A simple fish dinner for two. Fish is an essential part of the diet, and this is a good mild way to include it.
2 good sized fish fillets. (I used flathead; whiting would be good too.)
1/2 cup beer (and drink the rest!)
1/2 cup plain flour
1/2 cup ice cubes
2 medium ripe tomatoes
1 red onion, chopped finely
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon lime juice
salt and pepper to taste*
2 decent sized potatoes
2 peeled cloves garlic.
2 teaspoons salt*
- First assemble the fish batter. Combine the beer, flour and ice in a bowl and allow to sit. The ice will melt in time!
- Then put the potatoes on. Cover peeled and cut up potatoes with water, throw the garlic in whole and bring to the boil. Turn it down to a fast simmer. Set a timer for 18 minutes.
- Cut the tomatoes into chunks. Smash a little with the back of a fork and mix in remaining ingredients in serving bowl. Pop into the fridge.
- Coat fish fillets with flour, shaking off excess.
- When your timer says 2 - 3 minutes to go, place canola or other vegetable oil in a deep frypan. (about 2cm deep is good) and heat - medium heat at this stage because you are now multi-tasking!
- By now, your timer has gone off, yes? Drain and mash the potatoes and garlic, adding a good dollop of butter and a decent splash of milk, salt and pepper. Replace lid on the pan and put in a warm spot.
- Turn up the heat under the oil. When a drop of batter sizzles instantly, dip your fillets into the batter and coat well. Place in the oil and cook for about 6 minutes, turning once.