5:2 Diet Fast Day Recipe:
Spicy Fish Creole with Coconut Lime Rice
for Fish on Friday
I love spicy food, such as curries, chilli-based dishes and tagines, and they often grace our family meal-time table; I also love fish, and with all the recent revelations about horse meat being found in ready meals and prepared meat products in the UK, it is wonderful to know the provenance of my fish, the fact that it is caught in the North Atlantic, is brought ashore at Peterhead in Scotland and is then sold at market to a local fishmonger and smoker, John from Delish Fish. The fish is fresh and delivered to my door, and I know where it has come from, what can be better than that? One of the things that has horrified me about the horse meat scandal, is not so much that horse meat has been found in meat products, but just where it all originated from – it appears to have moved from Poland to Romania, as well as France and Belgium with a few other countries in-between and proves what I have always said, it is better to buy and support local and BRITISH producers, and also to make your own meals at home. I am also disgusted at the apparent lack of testing of the meat, as well as the outright deceit and lies that has surrounded the whole debacle; like I said before, it is not so much that horse meat is IN the food, it’s the fact that the meals and products have been sailing under the banner of 100% beef, thus hoodwinking the consumers, who have a right to choose if they want to eat horse meat or not. And, it calls into question once again, the lack of respect that large producers appear to have for humane animal husbandry, as well as a lack of respect for food and where it originates from.
I hear lots of people talking about poverty, yes, things are tough, but are they any tougher than they were during the second world war, or at the turn of the century? I don’t think so! It’s a fact that a standard packet (450g) of locally reared British beef will feed a family of four for two meals, if the meals are prepared at home; we all tend to eat far too much nowadays, and our portion (and plate) sizes have grown, along with obesity. It’s the cheap, ready-meal marketing policy that has led to this whole fiasco, as supermarkets and companies fight for the economy end of the market with scant regard for the quality and provenance of the ingredients. But, I digress from today’s post…….and it is probably time I got off my soap box and shared my recipe for today with you all! My Spicy Fish Creole with Coconut Lime Rice for Fish on Friday is a bit of a culinary triumph! It’s very filling, uses fresh Scottish fish, is beautifully spiced and is served with fruity and aromatic coconut lime rice. The recipe feeds four people and is only 350 calories per portion, and that includes the rice too. If you want, you can freeze the remaining portions for another low-calorie fast day, for those of you who are following the 5:2 diet, but it’s my guess that once the family has seen it, they will also want to eat it!
We need to support all of our British producers and artisans and never more than now. I used beautiful wild Scottish haddock in this recipe and as haddock is in season right now and is MSC approved for sustainability, what better fish is there to use? John at Delish Fish has a special offer on right now, and you can order haddock from him here: Order Wild Scottish Haddock. And, as for recipes, I have a multitude of fish recipes, as well as haddock recipes here: Lavender and Lovage Fish Recipes. I am going to try this recipe with prawns next time, and I will let you know what I think, but I am sure that a mixture of white fish and prawns would also be a wonderful mix. I will leave you with a fabulous image of one of the vessels that catches the haddock, and all of the other fish I use in my recipes, Budding Rose, and I hope that you try this aromatic and tasty low-calorie recipe, I am pretty pleased with how it turned out! Have a GREAT weekend, and I will see you later, with more recipes, reviews and some new giveways! Karen
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