And we have a #FourSeasonsFood #SomethingFishy Winner!
April 1, 2014
Well what a lovely first month of spring we’ve had on Four Seasons Food with so many fabulously inspiring and tasty ‘Something Fishy’ recipes linked up. There’s sure to be something to tickle everyone’s fishy tastes, from Tuna Melts and Healthier Tuna Mayo recipes through to Thai Style Mussels, Cod Cheeks and Baked Sea Bass, a couple of Salmon Kebabs, Fish Pies and even a very tempting Maldives inspired Fish Bolognese. Plus a whole lot more to feast your eyes on!. It’s been lovely to see such a variety of fish being used and so many different ways of cooking it. An enormous thanks to everyone who joined in this month.
And just incase you hadn’t remembered we have a wonderful prize for the winning entry, the very generous folks at Fish is the Dish are giving away a set of five celebrity seafood cookbooks AND a Fish is the Dish apron no less. Please do read down to see who the lucky winner is, as chosen by the lovely Karen from the even lovelier blog Lavender and Lovage.
1. First up came a delicious sounding seasonal dish of Cod Cheeks, Jerusalem Artichoke Puree and Braised Peas from Spade Fork Spoon, using artichokes from her allotment and inspired by the Polpo cookbook.
2. Vanesther from Bangers and Mash served us Baked Seabass with Ginger, Garlic & Chilli and Miso Rice. Packed full of oriental flavour this is an impressive mid-week make in thirty minutes.
3. Janie from The Hedge Combers tempted us with a steaming bowl of Mussels in a Thai Style Broth and some useful instructions on How to Clean a Mussel. I actually quite like the downtime of the cleaning process, tending to switch off and tune in to the radio.
4. Sneaky Veg (a lady after my own heart, great to meet you Mandy!) made a Haddock, Leek & Cress Pie, created to use up the wares of her son’s ‘cress house’ (part of a wonderful cress growing Grow for Change project by the homeless charity St Mungo’s). I know my kids would be delighted with this pie, especially if we got to use our home grown cress.
5. Spicy, Quirky and Serendipitous gave us Fishes and Dragons aka fillet of Catfish, Tilapia or Halibut and served with Rice with Lentils and Veggies. A super-nutritious and healthy eat indeed.
6. Taking inspiration from Van Gogh’s Starry Night Spicy, Quirky and Serendipitous also gave us her Spaghetti with Fish recipe, “simple yet complex because of the synchronization of the flavors in the dish that can only be experienced but not seen – just like the Starry Night”. Genius
7. Family Friends Food presented us with Hake Grilled with Spring Onions Mayonnaise, sounds like an inspired way to use up a glut of spring onions to me and “the mayo helps to keep the flesh moist, and also browns deliciously under the hot grill”.
8. The Gluten Free Alchemist served up a very tasty looking bowl of Fish Bolognese inspired by a past holiday in the Maldives. The sort of holiday I could well do with, but I’d happily settle for a bowl of this pasta right now!
9. Caroline Makes baked individual Cheesy Cod Gratins with Crushed Potatoes, fit for a dinner party and nice to see a bit of sneaky leek in there.
10. I linked up my Healthier Tuna Mayo in pitta pockets recipe, part of a school project I’m currently working on to make lunch boxes healthier. My tuna mix has all the flavour but uses lower fat mayo and includes a barrage of finely chopped veggies.
11. My Four Seasons co-host Anneli from Delicieux went for comfort food nostalgia with her Smoked Haddock, Poached Egg & Cheesy Veggies with a Twist. I’m loving the spirilized veggies made with her newly acquired spirilizer, so cool. I’m jealous.
12. Family Friends Food made a second entry to the challenge with her delicious sounding and alliterative Sea Bass with Spinach, Sesame and Soy, a handy recipe that can be assembled in advance and left to marinate.
13. Janice from Farmersgirl Kitchen linked her Pan Fried Salmon and a Syrian Potato Salad recipe, the fragrant salad from an interesting new-to-me book Almond Bar.
14. An unusual salmon recipe for Salmon Marinated in Ketchup and Indian Spices came from Corina at Searching for Spice and I’m betting it was very delicious.
15. Yet another recipe from Family Friends Food, as she attempts to clear her freezer of fish (oh I’d love to have that chore!). This time it was the turn of the salmon and she made Moroccan Spiced Salmon Skewers and Vegetable Kebabs, flavoured with one of my favourite spice blends Ras el Hanout these have got to be really very good.
16. Attempting to lure my daughter to like salmon (and tinned salmon at that) I made some Baked Salmon Starfish fishcakes. I can’t say she was overly enamoured but her little brother was delighted by them. So half a result.
17. Jibber Jabber gave us the comfort food classic that is Fish Pie, Ness’s includes lots of extra veggies and looks mightily tempting. And serves to remind me that despite it being one my children’s favourite meals it’s been quite a long time since I last made one.
18. Karen from Lavender and Lovage linked up another fishy classic, the Tuna Melt, now who doesn’t love a tuna melt? It’s certainly a very popular snack around these parts! I’m loving Karen’s twist on the classic by adding chopped cornichons and spring onions.
19. And finally I made one last minute entry with my Soy & Ginger Glazed Salmon & Courgette Kebabs. Using her favourite flavours (and favourite veggie) this was yet another attempt to tempt my daughter to eat salmon, and yet another attempt that failed!. But all to the benefit of salmon-loving Jacques who wolfed hers down before she had an opportunity to change her mind. She did however love the courgette.
Well that completes the round up folks, so now it’s time to announce a winner which is where I hand you over to the good hands of Karen, a devout fish fanatic herself, to do the judging for me!
Karen chose, Sneaky Veg’s Haddock, Leek & Cress Pie, and this is what she had to say about it:
“This fish pie is just gorgeous and I love all the vegetables that were added along with the fish, and the pretty latticework pie crust; as well as the lovely pie recipe, I also liked the fact that one of the ingredients that was used in the pie was part of The Grow for Change project – in this case the children had to grow their own cress, which is fabulous! The cress growing photos that accompany this lovely recipe are a joy to see and the fact that the whole family were involved in growing one of the key ingredients is inspirational! A worthy winner with an interesting tale and a really FAB FISHY recipe!”
Thanks so much Karen, and such a lovely recipe and post to win this month. I wholeheartedly agree with all you have to say. Well done Mandy, I’ll be passing your details on to Fish is the Dish to sent out your very well deserved prize.
So that’s it for March. Shortly Anneli will be announcing our new theme for April over on Delicieux so do watch out for it.