Monday, 25 January 2010

Fancy fish and chips but can't have them

Then how about a little bit of fish from one of the very talented folks over at Misi

Monday, 18 January 2010

Fish and chips

Rosemary's version

4 x 150g thick cod steaks
4 slices granary bread, made into breadcrumbs
8 sweet potatoes (800g total), peeled and cut into thick strips
1 vegetable stock cube
1 egg, beaten
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
4 slices fresh lemon to garnish
For the caper sauce:

4tbsp 3% fat Greek yogurt
Squeeze of lemon juice
1tbsp chopped fresh parsley
1tbsp chopped capers
salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
MethodPreheat the oven to 200ºC/400ºF/gas 6.
Place the breadcrumbs on a baking tray and toast in the oven for 10 mins.
Cook the sweet potatoes in a pan of boiling water with the vegetable stock cube. Drain and place on a non-stick baking tray, then bake near the top of the oven for 20 mins until golden.
Meanwhile place the beaten egg in a shallow dish. Season the fish on both sides. Dip the fish into the egg and then the breadcrumbs and place on a baking tray. Bake in the centre of the oven for 15-20 mins.
Combine all the sauce ingredients in a bowl.
Serve the fish and chips with the caper sauce and some green peas, and garnish with the lemon slices.
Top tip: Toasting the breadcrumbs adds extra crunch to the topping.

www.rosemaryconley.comThis recipe is taken from Rosemary Conley's new book Slim to Win: Diet and Cookbook available from Amazon.

nutr info per portion
Calories 293(kcal) Fat 3.1g

Slimming World
serves 4
Syns per serving:
2½ Syns on Green* and Extra Easy,
10½ Syns on Original
*add 6 Syns if not using cod as a Healthy Extra ‘b’ choice

x 142g/5oz cod fillets
Juice of 1 lemon
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
908g/2lb Maris Piper or King Edward potatoes
Fry Light
57g/2oz breadcrumbs
4 tbsp freshly chopped parsley
2 eggs

1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F/Gas 6. Place the cod fillets in a bowl, sprinkle over the lemon juice and season well. Leave to marinate for an hour.

2. Meanwhile, peel the potatoes and cut into thick chips. Bring a pan of water to the boil and cook the chips for 5 minutes. Drain and dry on kitchen paper. Return to the dry pan and shake to ‘rough up’ the edges. Transfer to a non-stick baking sheet, spray with Fry Light and season well.

3. Mix together the breadcrumbs, parsley and seasoning to taste. Lightly beat the eggs and place in a bowl. Dip each cod fillet into the egg mixture and then into the breadcrumbs mixture to coat evenly and place on a baking sheet sprayed with Fry Light.

4. Place the chips in the oven and cook for 10 minutes. Add the fish and cook for a further 15-20 minutes. Divide between four plates and serve with tomato ketchup (1 Syn per level tbsp).

Nutrition information (per 8oz/227g cooked)
Slimming World chips
Fat: 0.9g Cals: 170

Chip-shop chips
Fat: 28.1g Cals: 545


® Value: 4.5
Servings: 4
Preparation Time: 18 min
Cooking Time: 35 min
Level of Difficulty: Easy
Works with Simply Filling
A crunchy, polenta-herb batter puts this great British speciality back on the menu. Together with chips cooked in vinegar, salt and pepper... brilliant!
10 spray low-fat cooking spray
2 large portion potato(es), peeled and cut into 1/2-inch-thick wedges
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper, black, freshly ground
2 tablespoon vinegar, white or red wine
100 g polenta, instant, plus 2 tbsp
120 ml skimmed milk
1 small egg(s), beaten
1 teaspoon lemon(s), zest
1 teaspoon dried mixed herbs, Italian
600 g cod, uncooked, or haddock fillets (4 x 150g pieces)

InstrucPreheat oven to Gas Mark 6/200ºC/400ºF. Coat two large baking trays with cooking spray.

Place potatoes in a large bowl and add vinegar, salt and pepper; toss to coat. Arrange them on one prepared baking tray. Transfer to oven and bake for 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a mixing bowl, combine 100g polenta, beaten egg, milk, zest, herbs and a little more salt and pepper; mix well to make a thick batter. Dust fish with additional 2 tbsp polenta; add fish to batter and turn to coat both sides. Place fish on second prepared baking tray and spoon over any remaining batter, patting over fish to make an even coating.

Transfer to oven to bake with potatoes for a further 18-20 minutes, until potatoes and fish are fork tender and polenta batter just starts to crack.

Feel free to enjoy yours and add any other recipes you have.

Saturday, 16 January 2010


In honour of our precious son's memory, we are going to raise funds and awareness of epilepsy. Although an inquest has yet to be held, we have no doubt that it was as a result of an epileptic seizure that Rich fell into the canal on that awful day.

I am going to be making and selling these lovely little bears. They will only be £10 each plus postage with the exception of the bride and groom which will be £15 for the happy couple.
Please help us support this charity by either making a donation( or by buying a bear.

As always, they can be customised to suit your needs.

Saturday, 9 January 2010

Baby its co.o.o.o.o.ld outside

So rest a while and browse the Misi shops

Rosytint knows even the dogs have to stay warm

Rosytint's little mouse has a coat on

From Smithcraft

Legyviel offers these

From Rainbow scarf creations

And if you're still cold have a hot bath and relax with a hot chocolate drink. But if you are also a Misi-thon dieter, try one of these instead from Karine at the pink fairy cake

Sunday, 3 January 2010

My New Year crafting challenges

I am a member of ravelry and the Christmas monthly make ahead forum.
Basically you have to make something off the list in the month suggested.

January - holiday decorations and ornaments - this includes tree ornaments, tree skirts, doilys, elves, santas, etc.
February - scarf or cowl
March - hats
April - make a pair month - hand coverings or socks
May - stockings (as in Christmas stockings, not fishnets, though you could make them too if you want ;-)
June - toys, doll clothing, pet accouterments, hee hee
July - UFOs from the first 6 months or crafters choice
August - kitchen, bath and household items - such as dishcloths, washcloths, swiffer covers, teapot cozies, knitted fried eggs, doilies, place mats, pillow covers, etc.
September - sweater or vest for something or someone (person, doll, teddy, pet).
October - slippers
November - bags, purses, totes
December - hats or make a pair round 2

Any way I also wanted to include sewing items too.

Will keep you posted on my progress.

Another biggie: I am going to continue to have a charity page in my shop, Everything on that one particular page will have 100% of the sale sent to the charity.
More about that later.

Misi Slimathon

Misi Crafters coming together to slim and raise money for the MacMillan Nurses.
The idea is that for every lb we lose we give £1,
Should anybody put on then they put double that in £'s. At the end of 3 months Mo will tally all the weights and we will send our donation to Macmillan nurses.

You don't have to be a member of Misi to join us, just a few pounds to lose both for yourself and for a good cause.

Fantastic Big Bag giveaway.

You have to check out her blog. Very amusing and she makes the most amazing things.
Hand made by Kym in a beautiful plush purple baby cord, with what she calls a 'raggedy scrap' removable brooch ,
And a gorgeous green/purple/blue/pink stripe cotton on the reverse..... 2 bags in one!

Go on check it out.
You know if I had half a brain I would be dangerous.
Perhaps the link might help.