Fish and Chips

fish and chips

I seem to always crave fish and chips on a Friday night.  Its a typical British friday night dinner from the local chippie.  Its also a tradition that my family has adopted while living in America.  However, unlike England, you must make everything at home as there is no local chippie.  Seeing that we are living in Germany and have Köln’s famous Kölsch available just about everywhere, I decided to put a little twist on the recipe.

These are great with another beer to drink and a side of mushy peas.  A little salt and malt vinegar sprinkled on top and its just like you’re in England!

The secret to the crunchy batter is the corn flour.  It makes the batter light and crunchy, not so doughy like you sometimes get.  The secret to chippie style chips is to par boil them for a little bit beforehand.

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Fish Tacos with Spicy Black Beans

asian tacos

Fish tacos are my summer easy to pull together dinner.  Just marinate the fish with a little cumin, lime and red chili and flash grill.  Chop up a couple tomatoes, bell peppers, onions and cilantro with garlic, chili, cumin, salt and lemon juice to make a really quick pico de gallo and you’re all set.  However, unlike America, fresh flour tortillas are not readily available in Germany, so I made my own.

Homemade tortillas take a bit longer to pull together than opening a package, but they’re so tasty that I’m not sure I will buy them pre-made again.   Fresh and hot off the skillet filled with flaky fish and spicy salsa and a side of black beans – perfect for a summer dinner al fresco.