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21st April 2014

Personal thoughts from the Festival Director - not necessarily endorsed by the Festival Organisers.

Notes for the Month - March, 2014

Concasse for flaky fish

I quite like fried cod as a well made batter gives the fish some flavour. However, in general I avoid cod or similar fish on menus. I recently came across a recipe for cod in a tomato concasse with thyme and thought I would give it a go. Here is my version:

Finely chop an onion and lightly brown it in a pan. Add a can of chopped tomatoes, a teaspoon of brown sugar and one of thyme. (fresh is best, but you could use dried). Season with light soy sauce (I used about a tablespoon). Bring the mixture to the boil and simmer for about 5 minutes. I found this was a little thick, so I added some fish stock. Now add the cod and continue simmering until the fish is flaky. Done.

This had a great taste. I served it with half a jacket potato per person and some braised fennel but you could use more or less any filler to hand.