This is a quick one and part of our comfort foods series. We want to emphasise the point — a healthy diet does not need to be evangelically extreme. Our favourite comfort foods remain part of a healthy diet and can be enjoyed in a fresh, clean format. We love fish and chips — a quintessential British classic! At it’s heart this meal has fresh grilled fish, a large serving of green veg and a controlled portion of carbohydrate. Also, believe it or not this meal was prepared in 30 mins.
We tend to go to our local fishmonger and buy the freshest fish they have on sale that day. If you don’t like the hassle of bones, as well as filleted fish you should try whole flat fish like John Dory, Plaice and Sole — grilled whole the fillets simply come away from the central bone structure (super easy). Our fish was bought from our favourite Bristol fishmonger attached to the Spiny Lobster restaurant (part of Mitch Tonk’s excellent fresh seafood restaurants) — a beautiful chunky fillet of day caught Cod with crisp skin and milky white flakes.
You will notice that each elements roughly takes up a quarter of our medium sized plate (peas marginally more). This is the key — you can enjoy chips but instead of a huge pile of carbohydrate-rich potato you are enjoying a modest portion (2 medium potatoes at the most). These chips are great — ‘dressed’ in olive oil they are crisp on the outside and fluffy in the middle but without any excess greasiness (see technique below). They are very quick to prepare and you don’t need to go through deep frying or an elaborate ‘triple cook’ process (as made famous by Heston Blumenthal).
Finally — the vibrantly green Supreme Ultimate Mushy Peas. This is the health boosting element of this dish. You will have previously heard us praising the frozen pea which is full of cardiovascular protecting soluble fibres — great for cholesterol balance. Once you try these sweet, fresh and easy mushy peas we suspect it will become a regular side dish.