I guess these are the old version of American Hash Browns, maybe not quite so crunchy, but just as delicious.  Mum’s being making them since I was a little girl and they’ve always been one of my favourites.

Mock Fish


The old recipe is a bit faded at the edges but reads:


  • 2 cups grated raw potato
  • 1 dessertspoon finely minced onion
  • 2 rounded tablespoons plain flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt,
  • 1 egg
  • pepper
  • 1 teaspoon chopped parsley
  • 1 dessertspoon anchovy essence (optional)

Combine potato with onion, flour, salt, pepper & parsley.  Add unbeaten egg and anchovy essence.  Mix well, drop spoonfuls in hot fat & fry until golden brown on both sides.  Flatten each piece with back of spoon as it cooks.