Baked Fish and Chips – A Twist on My 1st Canadian Food Memoryon June 7th, 2013 Posted in Home Made Cooking
I love taking part in special projects, special initiatives and various challenges. This month I will be posting my first blog post as part of The Canadian Food Experience Project. For this project, myself and many other Canadian food bloggers (participants) will share our Canadian food stories and experience. What’s the purpose you ask? We hope to bring global clarity to our Canadian culinary identity and hopefully raise recognition to Canadian food and food bloggers and just make our Canadian voice shine.
Just so you know, anyone can join so please feel free and welcome.
So every month we get a theme, and this month the theme is “My First Authentic Canadian Food Memory”. I especially liked it because it brought up nice memories from 4 years ago when we just arrived to Canada (Halifax, NS to be more precise) and every time I think back, that time period makes me smile.
I’m not smiling because it was all warm a fuzzy, starting your life from scratch is not warm nor fuzzy, but if you look at it from a different angle, from an adventure angle, it could make the entire transition much friendlier.
When I first came here with the kids, it was after not seeing my husband for a month. You see, he left a month before us to organize our apartment, to make sure we have everything when we get here and that the kids are comfortable. We wanted the kids to land directly in their new home, so when I got here with the kids I was thrilled to finally be with my husband. I remember being so excited to both see him and start a new chapter in our lives, the Canadian chapter.
We flew in, and after hours of flight and waiting in between flights we were both hungry and tired so of course when we landed the first thing to do was get some food. Luckily my husband was already familiar with some of the places so he took us out for dinner.
I was looking at the menu, realizing that the food culture in Canada is a lot different than the one I was used to, and not in a bad way, just different.
I decided to go with something I’ve always seen people in the movies eat – Fish and Chips. So to me, the first ever Canadian food experience was fish and chips.
I remember thinking the taste was divine, and even though I knew eating so much fried food was probably not the healthiest choice I could make, I just loved every bite.
Living in Halifax, I now realize that fish and chips are part of the culture here. Beer battered fish with fries is something one can easily find around here; and having the ocean at our feet is a major advantage which only makes this dish taste better and fresher.
Taking part in this project made me also realize that I’ve lived here for 4 years now but never made fish and chips at home. So I decided to make my own version of it, the healthier version of course – the baked one.
No tartar sauce as well. You know me by now, I use what I have and I have what I use, so I came up with a side sauce to dip the fish in. The kids loved it and kept asking for more. If that’s not an A+ grade, I don’t know what is.
- 8 Sole Fillets (Any other white fish fillets will work too)
- 4 tbsp Mayonnaise
- ½ tbsp Lemon Juice
- 2 Garlic Cloves – Minced
- 5 tbsp Bread Crumbs
- 4 tbsp Water
- ¼ tsp Salt
- 3 tbsp Mayonnaise
- 1 tbsp Dijon Mustard
- 1 tbsp Lemon Juice
- Preheat oven to 425F (215C)
- Cut fillets into smaller pieces (nugget size or desired size)
- Whisk all other ingredients in a bowl
- Place fish nuggets in the bowl and gently fold in until each piece is fully covered with the batter
- Place in one layer on a parchment paper covered baking sheet and in the preheated oven
- Bake for about 15 minutes and then switch to broil. Broil for additional 10 minutes until golden
- Remove from oven and serve with fries or potato wedges
- Mix the ingredients together and serve on the side for dipping