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Easy weekday supper idea

Always on a mission to get my family to eat more fish, this week I have been making poached fish balls. First of all, I made a tomato sauce by heating a little olive oil in a large sauté pan and cooking a couple of onions for about 5 minutes. Then I added two 400g tins of chopped tomatoes and about 300g chopped mushrooms, covered and simmered for about 20 minutes. While the sauce is cooking, make the fish balls. I used 2lb of chopped mixed white fish bought from my lovely local fishmonger. You can see from the photo that it made about 10 balls. I mixed the chopped fish with dried herbs, a little black pepper, 2 tablespoons of ground flaxseed (always my binding agent of choice) and an egg to

Something fishy

This week I have been making a fish stew. It is quite a good way to get the family eating more fish as it is warm and the tomato sauce appeals to children. I used haddock in this dish, but you could replace it with any chunky white fish or even salmon. This recipe makes enough fish stew to feed 10 people, when served with rice or mashed potato. First of all, I made the tomato sauce by heating a little olive oil in a large sauté pan and cooking 5 onions and a chopped fennel bulb for about 5 minutes. Then I added a tablespoon of dried tarragon and cooked for a further minute. Next into the pan, two 400g tins of chopped tomatoes and about 200g chopped mushrooms. Cover and simmer for about 20 mi

Simply does it

Well here it is - the new decade - and with new beginnings, people often make over-complicated resolutions and promises. I prefer to keep things simple. I like trying interesting new products but I don't want to then have to go and buy another five ingredients just so that I can use my latest discovery. So, my very simple resolution is to use new ingredients but then find ways to use them with what I have at home. By way of example, I made a black rice salad. The black rice being my new fancy ingredient that I wanted to try! All the other ingredients were things I already had in my kitchen. I cooked the black rice according to the packet instructions and five minutes before the end of the bl