I have a word of advise for y’all. Don’t ever babysit your friend’s goldfish, especially one that’s referred to like a beloved dog.
I’m not suggesting it’s impossible to love a fish, Daryl Hannah was totally hot in Splash, but this fat, orange goldfish was no mermaid.
We had some friends that owned a fish named Pablo. They really loved that damned fish. They swore blind that Pablo responded to them, remembered them and loved them as much as they loved him. They would regale us with tales of things Pablo did, just like smitten parents.
Then they went away…….and asked us to babysit Pablo.
My cat, Pants was super curious about Pablo in his big, round, exotic looking bowl and we sent them a photo of Pants with his paws up on the table that Pablo’s aquatic home was perched on as a joke.
The Pablo was found floating one morning and although I’m certain he died of natural causes (possibly fright, almost natural, right?), the finger of doubt will always be pointed at poor, old Pants.
They took the news better than I thought they would, but I remember the sick feeling in the pit of my stomach as I broke in to them gently.
Although we were technically babysitting, it was a trial for possible adoption when our friends left the country in a couple of weeks.
I guess answered that question, huh?
This is a really fast throw-together meal, the only thing is, you’ll need to get your ‘chips’ in the oven in enough time to get a little crispy. I start this half an hour before dinner-time but my oven is a cracker. Basically, if you cut your potatoes into shoestrings, they don’t take long to get a little crunch. Leave the skin on your potato. There’s goodness in the skin so it’s best left where it is.
You’ve seen me use LSA (linseed, sunflower and almond meal) before. It’s a great source of Omega 3, so teamed with fish it’s positively brain food for our little peeps.
Yield : 2 toddler serves. If making for grown-ups also, just adjust amounts accordingly.
You’ll need about 2 tablespoons of LSA and one teaspoon of lemon pepper per fillet.
You will need –
- 1 small firm fish fillet. Barramundi, salmon or even ling work well
- 1 small potato, skin on
- 2 tablespoons LSA
- teaspoon of lemon zest
- pinch of lemon pepper
- vegetables to serve
Pop your oven onto 190C. Cut your potato into shoestrings and place on baking paper. Toss with a touch of olive oil and pop in oven for 20 minutes or until brown, turning once.
Pop your vegetables du jour in the steamer….
Cut your fish into one centimetre pieces. On a plate, toss your LSA and zest and lemon pepper together and roll your fish in it ensuring it is all well covered. Heat a little oil in a non-stick pan on a medium high heat and quickly cook them for three minutes or so each side until just cooked through and a little crispy.
Pop it all on a plate and serve with a little squeeze of lemon if your kids is into it. D Man would suck a lemon all day if permitted so he’s a fan.
If you’re making this for grown-ups, it’s really delicious when served with my quick tartare sauce.
You will need :
- 1 tablespoon of creamy, natural yoghurt
- 1 tablespoon good quality mayonnaise
- 1 gherkin, if you have it
- A few capers, chopped
- Salt and pepper
What to do :
Toss it all together and stir
Voila. A really quick meal that is 500 times better for you than the take-away version.