I’ve never really eaten enough fish. As a child the only fish I ate were fish fingers and tinned tuna. As a teenager salmon (but only if flaked into a tomato sauce for pasta) and prawns were added to the list. My husband loves fish and seafood so when we moved in together four years ago I started to try to cook and eat more fish. I discovered Rose Prince’s cookbooks last year and they really made me think about eating fish sustainably. I watched Hugh’s fish fight this January which only convinced me even more that I needed to try more varieties of fish.
Since then I have been making more of an effort to try more types of sustainable fish. Some fish I have liked and others not so much but I’ve tried them. I don’t enjoy white fish like cod/coley/pollack so much but I have had some success using coley in paella and fish soups (although I don’t like fennel so I am still trying to find the perfect recipe). I’ve discovered I like rainbow trout, fresh sardines (although I do get fed up of all the bones) and we have started eating more mackerel. We ate a lot of fresh mackerel last summer that my husband and his dad caught (read about it here and find a delicious recipe for mackerel with Asian spices). I’ve also been buying and using smoked mackerel (instead of smoked salmon) in risotto.
So my days of mindlessly throwing pre-packed salmon fillets in to the supermarket trolley may be behind me but as a result I don’t think we eat enough fish (not sure we did before either though). I would go as far as to say cooking fish is my biggest weakness in the kitchen but I’m determined to change that. This is the first in a series of posts on fish (including book and app reviews, recipes and a giveaway) that will be featured on this blog in the next week or so. Who knows perhaps this will even be the start of a regular monthly feature on fish, I know I need something to push me to cook more fish.