It Was Halibut – What Would You Do?

Leanne and Dustin brought over about four pounds of halibut filets. What would YOU do? We had to make fish and chips!!!

I honestly do not remember the last time we made fish and chips – at home. We live in Victoria and if you go downtown you can find some of the best fish and chips anywhere in the world but the best are always cooked at home with fish you caught yourself. Dustin had actually caught this fish and filleted it, very nicely, I might add. He also made some tartar sauce to go with it. Leanne made a beer batter and I provided the potatoes which evolved into chips. I also made a cole slaw but it sucked. I don’t know what I did wrong but it just didn’t taste right. Oh well, more fish, more chips. The real problem was frying it. I have a tiny deep fryer but hadn’t used it in a very long time because deep-fried anything isn’t good for us – is it? But I dug it out of the linen closet and a good-sized pot to cook to the fish in then went looking for fat.

Canadian Canola!!!

I can’t believe I looked all over for fat to deep fry things in. I also discovered that I have so many kinds of pure(ish) fat in my kitchen. I had corn oil, canola oil, grapeseed oil, shortening, butter, margarine (soft and hard) and lard. Fat is bad for people to eat. Saturated fat, hydrogenated and trans fats will kill us or at least contribute to all the horrible diseases that hurt your arteries, heart and brain. Sigh. Every once in a while you still have to indulge your food fantasies. But I know we can’t eat like this all the time. If there had been any left I would have grilled it with lime and had it with a fresh salad full of greens (gourmet lettuce mix and arugala) from our garden.

But once someone mentions “fish and chips” you can’t get it out of your head. So I put the corn oil (unsaturated fat) in the little fryer for the chips and melted a whole bunch of lard for the big pot. Traditionally (that means originally in England) fish and chips were cooked in animal fat. It has only been in the last 20 years that chips (french fries) are only done in veggie oil in North America. McDonald’s even puts a special flavouring in their oil to mimic the taste that animal fats used to put into their fries. But even vegans can eat McDonald’s fries. Mind you, I cannot imagine any vegan walking into a McDonald’s let alone eating in one.

Eventually all the potatoes were cooked and all the fish was battered (no we were not charged with assault) and fried. We drained everything on paper towels, dug out the malt vinegar, cut some lemons, found the ketchup and went and ate the feast on the deck. It was wonderful. In fact, it was the most glorious Sunday dinner since Easter and a turkey.

I was and still am filled with guilt over the empty calories and lack of exercise after but we had a wonderful time and the food was so good. I cooled and strained the lard and almost all of it came back, so not so much went into us. It’s now stored in the freezer in case we even need it again, you know, like if a halibut falls on me.

Guilt is a good motivator. We all did more exercise. maybe not aerobics, but yes, I pushed the walker an extra couple of hundred feet. And we will eat healthier all week. I bought some beautiful green beans at the Honeymoon Bay Farmers’ Market and I know most things taste better deep-fried but I like my green beans barely steamed with herbs!!!! Good food can taste fantastic, too.

Thanks for listening! ;D Diane

Lost on a rainy night, a nun stumbles across a monastery and requests shelter there. Fortunately, she’s just in time for dinner and is treated to the best fish and chips she’s ever eaten! After dinner, she goes into the kitchen to thank the chefs. She is met by two brothers. “Hello, I’m Brother Michael, and this is Brother Charles.”

“I’m very pleased to meet you,” she says. “I just wanted to thank you for a wonderful dinner. The fish and chips were the best I’ve ever tasted. Out of curiosity, who cooked what?”

“Well,” says Brother Charles, “I’m the fish friar.”

She turned to the other brother and says, “Then you must be…?”

“Yes,” he replied, “I’m afraid I’m the chip monk.”

~ by 1fatgirlshrinking - Diane Kirby on August 14, 2012.

3 Responses to “It Was Halibut – What Would You Do?”

  1. Last night we had fried fish, calamari, imitation crab (which then tasted like fish and actually tasted better than the fishy fish), shrimp and various vegetables deep fried. I even made jalapeno poppers for the first time. OMG, those were so good. Next time I need to be sure to wear gloves while preparing the jalapeno peppers, though. My hands burned something fierce afterwards. My hubby made some homemade tartar sauce to go with the fishy stuff. Yum.

    But my favorite thing was something I hadn’t tried to fry before–red peppers. I took red bell peppers, julienned them and dipped them in a light batter (barely covered) and fried them. Oh my goodness. That was sooo good. It was like eating candy, because the frying really brought out the pepper’s natural sugars. Even my 10 y.o. daughter (who’s not wild about peppers) loved them.

    We used peanut oil, since it can handle higher heats better without burning. We filter it and re-use it as well.

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