Friday, February 25, 2011

Mr. Hawthorne Cooks Dinner. Fried Fish Tenders, Onion Rings, and Asparagus ..

Dinner by Mr. Hawthorne tonight.
Fish tenders, asparagus, onion rings,
and my favorite remoulade sauce.
Platter of fried goodness.
This is a light tempura batter mix that's terrific for fish and vegetables: 3/4 cup cornstarch 3 cups cake flour 2 tsp baking soda 1 tsp Kosher salt Mix all together. For the tempura batter, mix 3 parts tempura mix with 2 parts sparkling water.
Mr. Hawthorne had stopped by Harris Teeter on his way home from work and picked up the only fresh fish they had - King Clip. Try to Google that and see what you come up with. Apparently it's some type of cod.
Cod has been an important economic commodity in international markets since the Viking period (around 800 AD). Norwegians traveled with dried cod and soon a dried cod market developed in southern Europe. This market has lasted for more than 1,000 years, enduring the Black Death, wars and other crises, and is still an important Norwegian fish trade.[5] The Portuguese began fishing cod in the 15th century. Clipfish is widely enjoyed in Portugal. The Basques played an important role in the cod trade, and allegedly found the Canadian fishing banks before Columbus' discovery of America.[6] The North American east coast developed in part due to the vast cod stocks. Many cities in the New England area located near cod fishing grounds. ... Since the introduction of salt, dried salt cod (clipfish or 'klippfisk' in Norwegian) has also been exported. According to Wiki, clip fish is dried and salted cod. This fish was neither dried nor salted. It was a fresh white fillet.
Mr. Hawthorne sliced his onion rings and cut the fillet into strips.
Mr. Hawthorne battered his fish and onion rings.
Fry away, starting with the onion rings.
Drain on paper towels.
Fish tenders took about 3 minutes.
Light, flaky, wonderful fish encased in a crisp batter that allows the fish to shine.
You can't save the batter,
so Mr. Hawthorne just poured the leftover into the hot oil ...
... and we picked off the pieces.
Fried feast is ready.
In the meantime, Mr. Hawthorne had sauteed asparagus.
Sprinkle with fresh pepper. Lovely dinner.
Thanks again, Mr. Hawthorne, for another lovely meal.


Marilyn said...

Rosie, you are one lucky lady. My husband's culinary expertise only extends to open can, heat.

That looks delicious.

Anonymous said...

Looks wonderful! I cannot fry to save my life. If only I could make onion rings like that. I am going to give that batter a try and see what happens.

Rosie Hawthorne said...

Hi, Anony,
Go ahead and fry using the wooden utensil to gauge the temperature. Wait for the bubbles to come out vigorously.
That batter is the best.

Let me know how it turns out.


And Mar ...
We'll talk ...

Anonymous said...

Can we please clone Mr.H ? You are a lucky girl I am craving some fried fish...pie !!