The Food of Spain…

Last night I cooked from my new Spanish cookbook “The Food of Spain” by Claudia Roden.  It was a very simple, but beautiful, freshly flavoured dish called Pan-Grilled Fish with Garlic and Chilli Dressing (pescado a la bilbaina).  It was officially supposed to use fish fillets with the skin on but unfortunately we weren’t able to get those.  One of my goals for this year (in fact maybe I should make it my goal for next month!) is to buy a whole fish and learn to fillet it myself.  Then I can have so much more control over the fish I use for cooking!  But I digress…

…the fish is pan fried and served with a lovely dressing made with extra virgin olive oil, white balsamic vinegar, chilli and garlic.  When I first tasted the dressing I was surprised that there wasn’t a stronger flavour of vinegar but when it was served with the fish it gave it a lovely subtle sweetness while the chilli gave it a nice heat.

So simple but so delicious
So simple but so delicious

But I have to admit that I was slightly lazy with this meal…the photo in the recipe book had it served with new potatoes and nothing else, so I followed suit because I couldn’t be bothered cooking any more veges!  As a result, an hour later …we were a bit hungry…

However I was still feeling lazy and I couldn’t be bothered making a dessert despite several requests from the family…so I made a cheats dessert which turned out to be amazing!  During the weekend my husband Andrew had made a beautiful courgette loaf from our book “Harbour Kitchens” (yes, we are putting courgettes into everything!) so I toasted some slices of loaf and served it with fresh berries from the garden and runny cream…OMG, yum!!  Will definitely do that again for a quick pudding fix 🙂


Author: ForTheLoveOfCookbooks#

My name is Nicki and I am a cookbook addict. Having a cookbook addiction is a wondrous thing; I am never short of a new recipe to try which I find incredibly exciting (as does the family)! This blog is about the food I cook, the cookbooks I use, the successes and the not quite successes. But most of all, it is an opportunity to connect with other like-minded addicts out there. So please leave comments, share stories or tell me about the recipes and cookbooks that you love, I want to hear about them!

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