*Note: Each day of the group stage of the World Cup 2018 I will be making a meal from one of the countries playing that day. Sadly, this is the last one planned. Day 15 saw a rather listless game between England and Belgium. Also, Japan made it through to the knockout round on the fair play tie breaker.🤨
Fish & Chips with Mushy Peas
The classic English dish first appeared in London in the 1860s. It typically is fried along with potato chips or fries. Mushy peas are a traditional side. I am cheating here and having my wife prepare the fish as a “milanese”. I have a deep fryer its just such a pain to clean up. Similarly, I also make the chips in the oven.
1 bag Frozen Peas
2 tablespoons butter
Zest of 1 lemon
Set up three stations to prepare the fish: flour, egg wash, and bread crumps and assemble as shown.
Place vegetable oil on a deep pan. Place in 400 degree oven for 10-15 minutes to heat up. Then place fish on the heated pan in the oven. 15 minutes on one side, then flip 5-10 minutes on the other side until done.
The chips are made simply by cutting potatoes, then adding oil and salt to a shallow pan and cooking in oven at 400 degree for about an hour until done.
Bring 6 cups salted water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Add the frozen peas and cook for 4 minutes. Reserve 3 tablespoons of the hot cooking water, and then drain the peas and return them to the pan. Immediately add the butter, lemon zest and cooking water and season with salt and pepper. Roughly mash the peas with a potato masher or in a food processor, and then cover and set aside. Serve fish and chips with malt vinegar!