During the pandemic, with more kitchen hours at my disposal, I began working on my fear of cooking fish. Who knew it was so easy?  Well, it’s easy when the recipes are good. Which this one was.  So simple, and so delicious.

Jane Alexander has co-written a whole fish cookbook. Wowzer!

This is now in my possession. Watch out! More fish will be cooked.

We don’t get bluefish in the UK as far as I am aware, and I can’t even remember which fish I used, but as Epicurious magazine puts it, “Ignore your recipe (well, mostly) and talk to your fishmonger.”  Their article entitled “Fish Swap” lists bluefish amongst these others so take your pick…

What to Substitute for Salmon

Best Options: Amberjack/Yellowtail, Arctic Char, Bluefish, Mackerel, Mahi Mahi, Ocean/Sea Trout, Steelhead Trout, Stripped Bass, Tilefish, Wahoo


Jane’s fish dish was even tastier on day 2. I put one cooked fillet with all the gubbins in my enamel singleton’s friend and heated it up in the oven for about 15 minutes, served with a little side salad and I was well chuffed with myself.

SUPERB. There are many, many fishy dishes to choose from in Jane’s book.  Watch this space.

I love Jane Alexander as Hedda Hopper in Malice in Wonderland (1985)

so maybe I’ll have a Friday screening of that sometime soon for Mr R with Hedda Hopper cocktails and one of Jane’s fish dishes!

Oooh, now I’m thinking I could serve some of Liz Taylor’s Haricots Verts alongside the fish.  I am HATCHING A MENU!  Coming soon to a dinner table near you…

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