Forgot the lemon

Bank Holiday in Twickenham.

No plans for the weekend. Mrs C at the ballet Saturday night, so supper for one.

At the farmers’ market we bought a slice of beef topside an inch and a half thick from the indomitable Grant of Lee House Farm, and half a dozen eggs. I’ll griddle the beef like a steak tomorrow night, rest it and slice it across the grain, and serve it rare like Italian Tagliata. Eggs for brunch or lunch.

Sunday sorted.

Uninspired for Saturday night. Made a recce to Gary’s fish stall, then asked advice for a portion for one. “How about this skate wing for 3 quid?  Dip it in flour, pan fry, it’ll be lovely”.

Done deal.

The cooked skate was as big my plate, so I scraped the flesh off the cartilage (funny things, skate). It looked unappetising. The potatoes looked good though, and the courgettes were fine with a drizzle of olive oil.  Poured the buttery sauce over the fish, and a sprinkle of salt.

The shreds of fish still didn’t look great, but they were growlingly good to eat. So good I forgot to serve the wedge of lemon!

(It was a dry sunny Saturday, but I still had a Macon)


Skate Supper recipe:

A garlic clove crushed and split in half, warmed in olive oil to infuse, with a tiny pinch of chilli. Add a couple of sprigs of fresh rosemary.

A courgette sliced in thick rounds, laid on top of sprigs of mint in the steamer, salt on top.

Add half inch cubes of new potato to the oil and fry gently, with a lid if necessary to steam/roast on the hob.

Smear of rapeseed oil (copes with high temperature, though its health benefits are controversial) in a hot frying pan; fry the floured skate for about 5 minutes a side, and rest in a warm oven.

Deglaze the pan with white wine, and add a big knob of butter. Reduce.

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