Category Archives: Seafood

Miso Honey Salmon

This is not a particularly budget-friendly recipe, purely because salmon isn’t cheap. But it’s one of those foods that shouldn’t be, I think. If I’m going to eat a fish, I want one that used to swim in the sea and is fished sustainably and transported so that it’s still fresh, and so it should cost a lot of money. (I also believe in good treatment for animals, but that’s slightly different because it’s possible to buy an unpopular cut of a well-treated animal at a reasonable price). However, we made this the other day from a salmon I’d frozen after buying it from the supermarket at less than £10 a kilo. It was a lovely specimen – firm, rosy-fleshed salmon from Scotland, and very fresh. It was so cheap because it was unprocessed – gutted, but then just bagged up. It’s a cost-efficient way of buying enough salmon for dinner with friends, but only if you don’t mind wrestling a fish longer than your arm. I spent longer de-scaling and pin-boning that sea monster than preparing the rest of the dinner put together. Just call me Ishmael.

Miso Honey Salmon

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Chopped Lobster Salad

Cost: £2 per generous serving, based on using the £6 frozen cooked lobsters from Lidl.

Chopped salad – all the healthy, virtuous charm of uncooked vegetables but without the ungainly challenge of wrestling leaves onto cutlery and into mouth. This salad is a crunchy confetti that carries the flavour of fancy schmancy lobster and fresh prawns, and served over wholewheat pasta or on toast, it’s an economical way to make special ingredients go further.

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Lobster Pot Pie

I wish I was organised enough to bring my own lunch to work; it would save an absolute fortune. As it is though, I really value taking time away from the desk to buy something, and even though the subsidised work canteen is generally good (the wonton noodles are excellent and only cost 10x as much as in a Singapore hawker centre) the idea of my post-tax salary going back to my employers sends me outside every time, even in the cold.
Possibly my favourite winter lunch is the chicken pot pie from EAT. It set off a series of attempts to recreate it at home. Chicken Pot Pie is a meal for the Lake District, when we’ve been out walking all day and buy chickens from Penrith, but for special occasions at home there is Lobster Pot Pie.
Having shelled the lobster in advance, this was a weeknight dinner the day after Valentine’s day. Or as the Husband calls it: Tuesday. We don’t go out, exchange gifts or even good wishes but we did have lobster for dinner and chocolate fondants for dessert. Just because.

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Fish Stew

This weekend there was nobody available from the cleaning agency to do their fairy godmother act on our flat. Cleaning it ourselves would be character building, I thought. The Husband disagreed but fortunately we had completely opposite preferences when it came to divvying up the work, so in fact it probably wasn’t enough of a hardship to build any character…and I was able to get a great deal of satisfaction from 1. Pretending to my sister that I had used her toothbrush to clean the bathroom and 2. Spending the cleaning money at the fishmongers’ on ingredients for a fish stew.

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