Wednesday, August 8, 2012

What I Made Wednesday {London Olympics Fish and Chips}

I dislike being the bearer of bad news but, there are only 3 days left of the Olympics. Yikes!!! Where did the two weeks go? It makes you realize how little you accomplish in the same time period as the athletes. How many medals did you win in the last 11 days, hmmm? Oh, I will miss the Olympic coverage. It was so nice to have something decent to watch at prime time, and, like a friend, you knew the same coverage would be there for you in the middle of the night, just in case. Insomniacs rejoiced (not that I am one but I was comforted to know if I had become one in the last couple weeks, there was some good TV to watch in our cable-free home at 2 AM).

OK, where was I? Yes, What I Made Wednesday! In honor of the Olympics, we made Fish and Chips, homemade tartar sauce, and coleslaw for the Opening Ceremonies. Perhaps you can try this recipe and share it while watching the closing Olympic Ceremonies and really have a jolly good send off of the London Games! It gets you in the spirit and is just so yummy! Cheerio, London, it was a smashing-good time.

What You'll Need
Oil for frying (hope you didn't throw out the Funnel Cake oil from last week)
2-cups all-purpose flour
1 Tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper, freshly ground
1/4 teaspoon Old Bay Seasoning, optional
1 large egg, beaten
12 -ounces Tonic Water or Club Soda
1/2 cup corn starch, for dredging
3 cod fillets, cut up into 2-inch squares or rectangles
Ore-Ida French Fries
Malt vinegar, for serving
Tartar Sauce, recipe to follow

What You'll Do
This recipe is easy-peasy and one bite will put your mind right in the center of Trafalgar Square. Bake the Ore-Ida fries in the oven according to instructions.

1. Mix the dry ingredients all together, except for the corn starch.
2. Whisk in the liquid ingredients and combine to form a thick batter.
3. Before dipping into the batter, dredge your cod fillet into the corn starch. Be sure to remove any excess corn starch before dipping into the batter to coat.

4. Heat the oil to 325 degrees F. Carefully, plop in a coated cod fillet leaving room not to over-crowd. Fry for 4 minutes, or until golden brown. Drain on paper towel.
Once your fries are prepared according to instruction, you'll make them extra crispy by dipping them into your fry-bath. It's only for a few moments and your fries won't be limp and lifeless, they'll be crisp and yummy. Drain the fries on paper towel, too!

What You'll Need to Know to Finish
Malt vinegar is a must, along with a slice of lemon to squeeze over your fish. I made my own tartar sauce and all you do is combine the following ingredients. If you make it ahead of the fish and chips and put it in the fridge, the flavors will be combined enough for the best tartar sauce you've ever tasted!

Tartar Sauce
Combine and mix the following and refrigerate.

1-cup mayonnaise
1-1/4 Tablespoons sweet relish
1-1/4 Tablespoons pepper rings, chopped finely
1 Tablespoon drained capers
1 yolk from a hard-boiled egg, crumbled
1-1/2 Tablespoons parsley
1 teaspoon dill
1 teaspoon tarragon
3/4 teaspoon Dijon mustard

We corrected our Olympic flag after these photos were taken. Sorry!


Anonymous said...

You take the Gold in yum, Lilly! Maybe I'll try and make these for the closing ceremonies - so sad it is almost over. We watched the ladies volleyball last night and have to say it has been standing only viewing - so excited to watch USA go against each other for silver and gold - can't wait!


Ashley said...

I adore this post! I am so sad that I have to wait four more years for gymnastics!

Angela said...

Being British myself, I totally love this post, yummy :) I have a Scottish cooking blog and haven't made fish and chips yet, What? You say? emmmm (shuffles feet) Oh I found you at Momnivores Dilema link up :)

Stacey said...

That looks awesome - what time is dinner - I'll be right over :o)
Thank you for sharing this week at the Creative Inspirations party at Embracing Change!
Stacey :o)

Christine said...

Oh!! I'm saving this recipe!! DELICIOUS!!!!!

Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!

Adorned From Above said...

Great Recipe. I have a link party on Wednesdays, and I would love it if you would link this post. It is called Wednesdays Adorned From Above Link Party. It is opened until Sunday night.
I hope to see you there. Have a great Day.
Debi Bolocofsky
Adorned From Above

Sara said...

This looks so good. I agree malt ginger is a must to serve with fish and chips!

Adorned From Above said...

I just awarded you the "Liebster Blog Award": Look at my page for the award and the question and answers and have fun.
I just found you this last week, but I really like your blog. It was fun looking around
Debi Bolocofsky

Michelle O said...

As a Londoner I've been glued to the Olympics and was lucky enough to go and see events twice! Fish 'n' Chips is such a British dish - wonderful post :)

I hold parties every Thursday at The Purple Pumpkin Blog if you'd like to stop by some time, you are more than welcome :)

bonbon said...

Oh my gosh you MADE fish and chips?!? That's amazing! They've always been my favorite thing to order at pubs but it never even occurred to me that I could make them myself at home. I'm going to have to try this for sure! Just found your blog and I'm so glad I did! I've enjoyed getting to know you better- you seem like such a fun person. I'm excited to follow along!

new follower :)

The Thriftiness Miss said...

Looks fabulous! Thanks so much for sharing this at our Weekend Wonders party :) Hope to see you back on Thursday. Have a great week!

cathy@my1929charmer said...

Gosh I love fish and chips, but have never made them. I wonder if they'd be as good as the ones I get in pubs! I hope to be trying this out and thanks for the recipe! Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration with Sunday’s Best – you helped make the party a success!

Carolyn said...

YUM! I love fish and chips. It's been so very long since I've had them. I had a funnel cake last weekend and thought of you. :)

Unknown said...

I love fish and chips! But I've never made them. I'll have to give it a try!! I'm featuring this today on our Weekend Wonders round up!

Jennifer {Studio JRU} said...

Oh how fun!! This looks delicious and so fun to have during the Olympics! We loved watching nearly every night. When it was over we were like, "now what are we going to watch in the evening?" LOL Thanks so much for sharing! :)

Debbiedoos said...

Fun, and delicious! So glad you joined me.

Adorned From Above said...

Sorry this is late, but better late then never. Thanks so much for sharing with last weeks with Wednesday's Adorned From Above. The link party is open now for this week.
Debi Bolocofsky

Anonymous said...

very Good post Thank you!

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