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Fish and chips

Fish and chips

Everyone loves some fish and chips——

That’s a little tune I just made up. You see, we’ve been watching a bit of Jenna Marbles around here and if you’re familiar at all with Jenna Marbles, then you know that sometimes she sings. Then it gets stuck in your head. Then you sing. It’s an ongoing circle of singing. Actually, I do a lot of singing. Singing, whether you’re good at it or not (and I’m not), is a very good way of passing time. I sing when I’m at work prepping all those meats and veggies. I sing when I’m trying to stuff clothes into my washer. I sing when I’m walking from one block to another. I find singing to be very motivational, even when it’s a simple little tune about stepping in wet grass on your way to the car because it just rained an hour ago. Most of my songs are what I call chore songs. They just help me out with whatever it is I’m trying to accomplish. I’m not even sure if I would call it singing as more of a talking aloud to yourself, drawling out all your vowels. Would that be called drawling? As someone who studied language, you’d think I should know the answer to that. Whatevs.

Of course, I like to sing when I cook as well. Which is how the fish song came into being. I think it’s pretty clear that I’ll be serving fish for lunch. Fried fish, pub style. I don’t have any potatoes so the chips part isn’t necessarily relevant, but I’ll keep it in the song anyway.

Fish and chips

Fish and chips

Everyone loves some fish and chips

Battered in beer

Battered in ale

Then fried fried fried

To give us crisp fish and cheer

What can I say? I should have become a composer- just kidding! I think my talents are better suited in the kitchen. Anyway, back to the fish. This whole thing was inspired by some tilapia. The only way I myself have ever cooked fish is to make fish tacos. It was time to expand my horizons. I thought about maybe broiling my tilapia seeing that the broiler and I are falling in love. I was all set to do so, too. I had my spices picked out (a Southwest blend provided by Mrs. Dash) and I was ready to turn up the heat in my kitchen when I decided to see what my boys at Sorted were up to. That’s how I stumbled across a video for fish and chips. Hmm fish and chips. What a brilliant idea. Why not give that a go? I wasn’t sure how tilapia would fare all battered up (most of the recipes I found used halibut or haddock), but I was willing to experiment for the sake of lunch.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup dark ale or beer (creates a more complex flavor)
  • Splash of red wine vinegar (or white wine vinegar)
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste
  • 4 tilapia fillets, cut into fingers (total of 8)
  • Canola oil for frying

Because I don’t have a deep fryer, something I would desperately love to invest in, I had to use my cast iron skillet to fry up my fish. Coat the pan with the canola oil enough to cover at least half way up the fish. Turn heat to medium and let oil warm up while you make the batter. When I was ready to fry the fish, I turned the heat down to medium-low. A good way to test the oil is to slip some batter into it and see if it sizzles

For the batter, mix flour, salt, and pepper into a medium to large bowl

Add  the beer and vinegar

Whisk whisk whisk until the batter is nice and smooth. We don’t want any lumps! The consistency will be rather gooey, similar to pancake batter

After halving your fish fillets and whipping up the beer batter, the oil should be the right temperature. Dip your fish into the batter. Don’t you just love playing with your food?

 Carefully lay the dipped fish down into the oil. The last thing we want to do is splatter ourselves with molten lava- I mean hot oil!

After 5 minutes or so (golden brown), flip your fish using a fork. Or whatever instrument you can manage

I know it doesn’t look all that golden. You don’t have to tell me. Fry for another 5 minutes or so and then transfer to some paper towels for draining. Keep frying the rest of your strips in batches. Aluminum foil is a good way to keep the cooked fish warm

Since I had no chips on hand, I served my fish up with some quesadillas…

…which unsurprisingly led to this:

Crispy fish quesadillas! But the fish was good in or out of the cheese filled tortilla. I was pleasantly impressed by my first attempt at beer battered fish. The boys weren’t complaining either. The only downfall is the whole house smells like oil now and I’ve gotten a couple complaints about burning eyes. Poor fellas.

Fish and chips

Fish and chips

Everyone loves some fish and chips

Mixed with flour

Battered in beer

With cheese and tortillas

All made into quesadillas

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