Simple Supper – Whitebait, Homemade bread and butter

Saturday night is time for food that we really enjoy, sometimes a more elaborate dish that takes time to prepare, or sometimes, like tonight, something simple.

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Whitebait have been one of my favourite ways to eat fish for years, delicious little fish dusted in flour and a touch of paprika and fried. I shallow fried them in veg oil, they only take a few minutes to fry off, once the bubbles go from large to small they are ready – please be careful – red hot oil is not something you want to mess with….


On a recent trip to Iceland (shop, not country) to use the remaining vouchers I had received before Christmas I picked up 2 boxes of pre prepared Whitebait. At Β£2.50 for 400g it would be rude to say no – I put them into a freezer bag to store them as it was a huge box.


To go with these I am making a traditional loaf, as there is nothing nicer than bread and butter with a fish supper 😍


I start with 300ml of warm water and a pack of dried yeast, into the Thermomix bowl for 3 minutes or so at speed 1 heat 37. Then add 500g of White bread flour into the bowl, a pinch of sea salt and mix on dough setting for another 3 minutes, turn out and leave to rise for an hour or so.


When risen, knock back and put into a traditional 2lb bread tin, leave to rise again for 30 minutes or so, putting the oven onto 200 to preheat


Pop the loaf in with a splash of cold water in the bottom of the oven (in a tray) to create steam- cook for approx 45 minutes till golden and baked through – tap the loaf it should sound hollow 😊


To accompany our simple supper,


We have some Tatare sauce and Garlic mayonnaise



and sliced Super6 Lemons


A classic starter, padded out to a main meal πŸ˜‡


Pud will be the Double Chocolate Brownie Icecream I made last week 😍

Author: emptynestfulltum

Hi - I'm a 49 yo Mum to 3 kids - Jordan (23), Grace (21) and Max (19). And Wife to my lovely Husband, Dave and step mum to 4 fur babies, our cats Eric, Ernie, Cilla and Bobbie. We live on the beautiful Isle of Wight, Hubby and I were born here, and just love our home. As I hurtle towards 50, my life as a full time (working) parent is coming to an end, with my eldest 2 kids living their own lives, and my youngest who started University in September. I realised that this is not a time to be sad, but a time to take time to spend time on some of the things I enjoy doing - mainly cooking, crafting and creating Pinterest boards for said thing s :) This blog is just a way for me to record the next stages of our lives - I hope you enjoy my ramblings...

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