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17 January 2006 @ 09:47 am
We've been talking off and on for the last couple of months about how we ought to eat more fish. It's good for you, and we've been trying to eat more heathily in general, given I have the time to cook properly. So I finally actually went and bought some fish & cooked it :) The recipe was for Sole with Tomato & Garlic, but I used haddock fillets instead. And it was really rather nice (and easy to do, which is always convenient) ... we had it with boiled potatoes, but I think another time I'll also do peas as there wasn't quite enough food.

I used haddock because I wasn't sure if the sole fillets they had in Sainsburys were marinaded in something or not - they said 'Lemon Sole' and there was a bit of liquid in the plastic tub, so I wasn't sure if 'Lemon Sole' was just the name of the variety of fish, or if it meant 'Sole marinaded in Lemon' which wouldn't've worked. Does anyone know? I need to find a fishmongers, though - I'd rather not buy haddock or cod if possible as they're both overfished, and they were about the only choices available (apart from a couple of packets of Lemon Sole). The out of town supermarkets have more choice, I think, but aren't as easy for me to get to.

Bought 2 singles we'd been looking forward to while I was in town - ¡Forward, Russia! "Twelve" and the new Arctic Monkeys one. Arctic Monkeys album is due out next week, too.

Spent a bit of the evening installing a couple of mods to Civ4 - one is a package of other mods, Alerum's Unaltered Game Play mod which has a whole bunch of things that don't affect the gameplay, but add tweaks. Some I'm not bothered about (I didn't mind the original road colour, having 5 men for the unit graphics is amusing but not necessary), some are very useful (like the autologger for SG games (now that I've dug about and found out why I was having issues with it), the tweaks to the Domestic & Foreign advisors (all the info is there normally, just harder to find), the alterations to the Civlopedia) and some are just interesting (like the actual quotes one, which gives more interesting things for the leaders to say). I also installed the Blue Marble texture set, and used the CivScale utility from them to tweak the background colour to purple :)

And then I started playing a Prince game and I'm doing rather well, right now anyway. I must actually make the effort to go back to that one rather than start over again :)
Current Mood: cheerfulcheerful
Current Music: ¡Forward, Russia! "Twelve" / Arctic Monkeys "When the Sun Goes Down"
jaqjaq on January 17th, 2006 09:52 am (UTC)
I think Lemon Sole is actually the name of the type of fish.

Fish is good. We have salmon most weeks (since they keep having two-for-one offers in Sainsburys and we can freeze it). I like sardines but theora doesn't like all the bones.
Margaretpling on January 17th, 2006 09:58 am (UTC)
Ah right, I shall get some of that next time I make this then. Thanks :)

I noticed they had salmon steaks in our Sainsburys when I was in, actually - I used to like them grilled, but we're still without a grill (hasn't worked since we moved in, and it has a sufficiently small impact on our lives that we've not bothered to get it fixed). I should try baking some, or frying them, or something. Hmm.

I don't mind sardines myself, but I don't think I'd manage to get J to eat them (bones are a big enough issue with fish without it being bones you eat *grin*).
nirikinanirikina on January 17th, 2006 10:46 am (UTC)
After the mackerel incident I tend to only buy haddock or cod now.

If you like lemon flavoured fish try this easy version. Just put the fish in a covered caserole dish with a few spoonfuls of marmalade (orange tastes nice) over the top and cook in the oven for 20 minutes.
Margaretpling on January 17th, 2006 11:39 am (UTC)
Thanks for the idea :)
John: 2003jarel on January 17th, 2006 02:36 pm (UTC)
I almost daren't ask, but "the mackerel incident"?
Hugo, Hug, Huggles, Hugonian (whatever!)hflf on January 17th, 2006 10:57 am (UTC)
Lemon Sole is a type of fish, you can often use Place as a replacement if you can't get it. I would recomment salmon steaks dare I say it microwaved for 3-5min with lemon and black pepper with a little water (practically steams it), I eat more fish lately, but I think that might be because i now live close to a good fishmonger. I find most of my fish dishes these days on the bbc foos site. Although to be honest now that I have a grill again I may well cook place the way I have always liked it, lightly dusted with flour and herbs then grilled.
Margaretpling on January 17th, 2006 11:41 am (UTC)
Sainsbury's is so badly stocked with fish that they didn't have plaice, even! Thanks for explaining about Lemon Sole :)

I shall have to try that with salmon steaks - I never think of using the microwave to actually cook things (except ready-meal type stuff).
magidmagid on January 17th, 2006 01:22 pm (UTC)
I tend to cook fish in one of two ways. If it's a white fish, I cook vegetables (not root ones, more leaves and courgettes and such), then steam the fish over the vegetables (lid on). For salmon and other hearty fish, I roast it at around 400 for 20 minutes. It sounds long, but if you top the fish with something thick enough to hold moisture in, it's excellent (I've used wasabi sauce, a mixture of mustard and marmalade, salsas, and so on. Pretty much anything I'd put on chicken.)

Hope you find a good fishmongers.
Margaretpling on January 17th, 2006 01:51 pm (UTC)
Mmm, more ideas :) The dish I did last night was much as the second method - 20 minutes in the oven with the tomato-y sauce on top, after frying it briefly (to seal, probably?). I can see I need to get a steamer at some point, I keep finding/being given cooking ideas that assume possession of a steamer :)
magidmagid on January 17th, 2006 02:48 pm (UTC)
Although I have a bamboo steamer and a metal vegetable steamer, in this case, I don't use either, just put the fish atop the vegetables, and let it cook in the steam from the liquid they've released. (I sometimes poach eggs that way too.)

And I'm too lazy to fry a piece of fish before roasting it- that would be two things to clean! :-)
Btw, homemade chutneys are wonderful on salmon.
Margaretpling on January 17th, 2006 02:51 pm (UTC)
Oh I see, I think. How're you cooking the veg then? I was assuming you meant steaming the veg too.
magidmagid on January 17th, 2006 03:28 pm (UTC)
No, I'm sauteeing them, with just a little bit of oil, though, since they're veg that are mostly water. Usually I start sauteeing onions, then add in mushrooms, courgettes, spinach, and so on. When they've released liquid and are mostly done, I add the fish on top.
Margaretpling on January 17th, 2006 03:40 pm (UTC)
Ahha! All becomes clear, thank you :)
Andrewsagima on January 17th, 2006 02:27 pm (UTC)
I like most fish baked with crushed peppercorns and a little soy sauce. Salmon, mackeral and herring are particularly nice like that. I usually only eat fish with rice as an accompanyment.

I think Lemon Sole is just the name of the fish rather than it's flavour.
Margaretpling on January 17th, 2006 02:53 pm (UTC)
We have rice so often that I figured we'd have something different :)

And yeah, I'm beginning to realise I was being a little overly literal about the name of the fish ;)
contents under pressure / handle with care: feesh - forkgraphxgrrl on January 17th, 2006 03:19 pm (UTC)
I eat salmon more than most other fish, and will generally bake it with courgettes or broccoli in a packet made of tin foil. You can put anything that sounds interesting over the top, I've used various mustards, asian sauces, curry sauces, honey...
Margaretpling on January 17th, 2006 03:43 pm (UTC)
(So many fish ideas and no-one's mentioned sushi yet!) I need to put this post of mine in my memories or bookmark it or something otherwise I'll forget to try things :) I'm now thinking about the satay-type sauce I've used for noodles in the past and wondering how that would do with salmon ...
magidmagid on January 18th, 2006 03:00 pm (UTC)
I'm too paranoid to make fish sushi at home; that's strictly restaurant food for me.
The Flat Atom Societyghoti on January 17th, 2006 07:57 pm (UTC)
I mostly grill fish, but have noticed that it works pretty much the same if you use a griddle.

For white fish (usually coley for us) I tend t poach it in white sauce, then
sometimes I put mashed potat on top and call it pie, and sometimes I don't. If you add mushrooms, and then flake the fish when done, that goes well with pasta.

Trout is good stuffed with a mixturre of rice, raisins and pine nuts seasoned with dill and lemon juice. Then you can just roast it.
kierangiant on January 17th, 2006 08:46 pm (UTC)
as an alternative to tuna, try swordfish/marlin. it is quite nice raw.