Surprise hit recipe! Ohhh, this was so good!  It’s so nice when a recipe comes along, that doesn’t look much on paper but turns out to be a winner.  So it was with this one.

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The fish was superb, bought fresh from the sea from the fishermen that caught it, off the coast of Mersea Island.

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We chose sole:

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and very lovely they were too…

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I love using someone else’s kitchen utensils, I have half a mind to pinch this bowl…

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The mushroom, soy sauce and ginger accompaniment was GREAT!

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Mr R can never resist a Top Cat moment with a fishbone:

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And here is the recipe…  I’m going to try this one again at home in my own kitchen as I had to guess quantities for everything here.  It was fun though, using someone else’s kitchen bits and pieces and not having scales.  I was quite proud of myself (usually following recipes TO THE LETTER) about how good both my batter and the sauce turned out.  Maybe I CAN cook?!  It’s all about confidence innit?

Mia Farrow’s Fried Fish with Ginger Sauce

1.5 lbs flounder fillets

1 cup flour

1 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon olive oil

1/4 pint water

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Halve the fish fillets.  Mix flour, salt and olive oil, add water to form a thick, smooth batter.  Heat frying oil, dip fillets in batter and fry until golden brown.  Drain on absorbent paper and serve with Ginger Sauce.

GINGER SAUCE

4oz mushrooms, chopped finely

4 tablespoons vinegar

2 tablespoons onion, finely chopped

2 tablespoons sugar 

2/3 cup water

1 tablespoon soy sauce

1 oz minced root ginger

1 tablespoon cornflour, blended with a little water

Place all ingredients except cornflour in a saucepan, boil 5 minutes.  Stir in blended cornflour and simmer for a few minutes, stirring constantly.

Thanks Mia!  

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When I was thinking about which recipes to bring with me on holiday, it didn’t dawn on me, that the two I selected (John Cassavetes’ Minted Beef and this one from Mia) would be linked by a movie.  As Greg Swenson pointed out in a comment on yesterday’s post – ROSEMARY’S BABY – eek!  Spoooooooky!

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Hmm. Now I am thinking….  Rosemary’s Baby could be a great film for a Silver Screen Sunday with recipes from Mia, John and one of my very favourite actresses, Ruth Gordon.  I feel a plan coming on…

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