It’s sunny, but cold outside today so my mind automatically turns to making a pot of hot soup for dinner tonight. Instead of a thick vegetable one maybe I’ll make a seafood laksa instead. This is a meal in itself full of prawns, white fish, calamari, bean curd and noodles……luscious and bound to warm us all up.
I’m not sure how many Australians still have a meat free day on Good Friday. It was a tradition that Mum used to stick to, but that was many years ago. I was reminded of that when I came across this tuna recipe and thought that it might be an easy thing to make on the day.
The combination of tinned tuna and vegetables served over couscous makes this a healthy, refreshing meal. If you wanted to you could play around with the ingredients – change the tuna for salmon, the couscous for rice or use whatever vegetables you have in the fridge. It can be quite versatile.
With Easter just around the corner I thought this old smoked cod and corn casserole might be interesting to make. Fish has become an expensive product to buy, but smoked cod is one of the more affordable types. I quite like it as it holds it’s shape and works well with potatoes and in this case crushed potato chips.
Metric conversion: 1lb = 500g, 10oz = 315g, 2oz = 60g
These are a nice combination of prawns, peanuts and spices. They are quick and easy to make and delicious when dipped in the sauce.
This was one of the Women’s Weekly prize winning recipes that Mum saved, although I don’t think she ever made it as my father liked his fish fried in batter and wouldn’t have appreciated this spicy version. Ling fish fillets can be a bit bland though, so this is a great way to add a bit more flavour.
My father loved to fish. He and an old army buddy bought a boat and would go fishing on Port Phillip Bay and Western Port Bay. I have a lot of memories of waiting on the sand for them to come back, clean the boat and put it on the trailer so we could finally go home. The result was a steady supply of fresh fish. I just wish my mother had had this recipe though as I always found the plain fried fish Dad loved pretty boring. This marinara filling would have made it far more interesting.