Fish and vegetable chips

I was racking my brains to think of another way to cook zucchini when I checked out Stephanie Alexander’s book – The Cook’s Companion – and she suggested deep fried in beer batter. Well I thought this wasn’t a bad idea because I had some nice sea bream, eggplants and peppers and I could beer batter and deep fry them all! I can’t remember the last time I made a beer batter so I used Stephanie’s recipe and added some cumin and Saharan spice (from Wilding’s Kitchen Essentials- I love that stuff) mix to spice it up a little. We had it with a salad and lots of mayonnaise and the verdict was we will definitely be having this again!

Fish and vegetable chips
Recipe type: Dinner
Cuisine: Australian
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Serves: 3 - 4
Fish and vegetables deep fried in a delicate crispy beer batter.
  • 250gm self raising flour
  • ½ cup of beer
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tbsp Saharan spice mix
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  1. Place all ingredients in a bowl and whisk well until all is incorporated and there are no lumps
  2. Cut the vegetables to your desired shape
  3. Coat the vegetables and fish in the batter and cook in hot oil (175*C) in small batches until golden
  4. Drain on absorbant paper and keep warm in the oven
  5. Serve with mayonnaise



Monkfish with salad

We’ve had monkfish for dinner twice this week; it is just so delicious and easy to prepare. I used two layers of foil large enough to completely seal the fish, then placed lots of lime, lemon and basil leaves followed by the fish. I sprinkled some spice mix (I used saharan spice mix from Wildings Kitchen Essentials), salt / pepper and olive oil over the fish before covering it all with more lime leaves and wrapping it all up tightly. Pasta man cooked it in the webber for 10 – 15 minutes and we had it with a roast vegetable & garden salad. Apart from being totally lovely to eat it is nutritious, low fat and costs about $10 to make. Of course you can cook any sort of fish like this, the added bonus being no fishy smell in the kitchen and no dirty pan to wash.