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Easy cheesy cod gratin

Sunday supermarket shopping means plenty of bargains – this week, filled the freezer with fish.  So cod for tea and as the August rain lashed horizontally at the windows I felt the need for something warm and comforting.  Any flakey/smoked fish would work with this.  Start by putting the oven on to warm up to […]

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Smoker box and cherry wood chips

Smoking new BBQ kit

After years of messing about with charcoal I finally gave in and bought a gas BBQ last year. It’s brilliant – cooking outside so much more now it’s easy. I’ve had my eye on a smoker box for a while though to add in a bit more of the authentic BBQ flavour and also to […]

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Onion tarts - fresh from the oven

Big Jubilee Lunch – recipe ideas to bring to the table

As the Big Jubilee Lunch is just round the corner, I thought I’d post some easyteas that are good for sharing, work well on the BBQ or would be a good addition to a buffet. I’m hoping to join the Cardiff Blogs Big Lunch – they’ve been asking food bloggers to help out with recipes […]

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Smoked mackerel pate

Smoked mackerel (or tuna) pate

It feels a bit out of season to be blogging this on a glorious May day, as I always make it for a Boxing Day buffet. But it makes a tasty weekend lunch or it would be great for a picnic. I recently used a tin of tuna instead of the smoked mackerel and that […]

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Fish baked in tomato sauce

Fish baked in tomato and chorizo sauce

This is 20 minute tea that came about from a Friday-night need for something quick to cook with fish. It’s mostly ‘store cupboard’ ingredients too which helps in a busy week. I used a smoked haddock fillet (a favourite at the moment) but I’d make this with cod or coley too I think. Maybe even a […]

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giant yorkshire filled with good stuff

Top five easy teas of 2011

It’s that time of year again when the fine chaps at WordPress send out a little reminder of what my blog’s been doing all year. Last year enough people had been kind enough to drop by to fill 14 Boeing 747s, apparently. This year about 16,000 turned up – the equivalent of a six-date sell-out […]

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A short series of fishy ideas 3: Smoked mackerel hash

I know a lot of people think it’s minging, but I’m a big fan of corned beef. In a sandwich with brown sauce on crusty white bread – heavenly. So I also love a bit of corned beef hash. Which made me think about what else could be hashed. There’s usually a pack of smoked mackerel […]

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A short series of fishy ideas – 2 “Kerolan” prawn curry

[tweetmeme source=”easyteas” only_single=false http://www.URL.com%5D With a bag of prawns in the freezer I’m never more than 10 or 20 minutes away from something that feels fairly celebratory for tea. And more often than not, that’s a midweek curry, normally korma or something a bit Thai. I spotted this recipe for Kerolan prawns in a recent […]

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A short series of fishy ideas – 1 Creamy coley gratin

[tweetmeme source=”easyteas” only_single=false http://www.URL.com%5D It might be considered a bit boring, but I love anything from the cod family. Thick, flakey and meaty roasted cod crisp battered haddock with chips – thanks to a stint living in Yorkshire haddock’s still my preferred chippy choice. Just typing those words is making me hungry – not helped […]

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A short series of fishy ideas – introduction

[tweetmeme source=”easyteas” only_single=false http://www.URL.com%5D I said in my first post of the year that I was looking for ways to eat more fish. Then along came Channel 4’s fascinating and shocking Fish Fight series, raising the issue of widening the repertoire of fish we eat. They’ve already had some great results for their campaign. I struggle […]

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