Sunday, 26 February 2012

Recipe - Easy Pilchard and Pepper Curry

Whilst the rest of this blog is, admittedly, a bit "do-gooder", the recipes section is here for a very different reason - BFTF appears to be utterly incapable of keeping track of the recipes that it has tried, especially the ones that seemed to work. So putting them here will hopefully ensure that BFTF can find them when required.

I suppose you could call it a "Digital Deliciousness. . ."

Easy Pilchard Curry
Pilchards are a very economical fish to cook, and BFTF is using it increasingly in these tough economic times. From a sustainability point of view they get a rating of "2" on the 1-5 scale of sustainability at the good fish guide (where 1 is the most sustainably sourced) so should be ok from that perspective.

BFTF was wondering what to cook today and thought a combination of fish and peppers might work. Turns out that it certainly does!

some new potatoes
450g pilchards in tomato sauce
140g tomato puree
1 onion, chopped
a cereal bowls worth of chopped peppers*
a little oil
butter/spread (optional)
grated cheese (optional)

* : as in red/yellow/green peppers, not as in jalapeno - capiche?

a)Bung the potatoes in some boiling water and simmer for about 20mins

b)While they are boiling, make the curry as follows:
i) Remove spines from pilchards, discard the sauce they came in
ii) Fry onions in the oil until almost done
iii) Add the peppers and continue to fry for about 5mins
iv) Add the pilchards, tomato puree, salt, pepper
v) Give is a stir for a few minutes to sort itself out

c)Drain potatoes

d) Melt butter/spread

Serve by cutting potatoes in half and drizzling the melted butter/spread on them and sprinkling on the grated cheese.

If this was MasterChef, the dish would be called "Boiled new potatoes drizzled with an olive oil emulsion and a sprinkled with grated cheddar, accompanied by a stir-fry of South Asian Pilchards, Peppers and tomato concentre. Served with a garnish of cucumber and tomaoto discs".

The dish rates as "EASY" on the BFTF Washing Up Index

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