Podcast Chef Sham 17th February 2020

Chef Sham from the Cottage Restaurant joined Joe Finnegan in studio on Monday morning and chef Sham spoke about his recipes for Monkfish popcorn, Potato salad, Pea and cucumber salsa.

MONKFISH POPCORN

  • 200g of boneless monkfish fillets,cut into 2 cm cubes
  • 150g of self raising flour
  • 2 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 125ml of sparkling water
  • 1 red onion
  • 1 bunch of  chives
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1 pinch of black pepper

POTATO SALAD

  • 4 large potatoes
  • 2 tbsp of mayonnaise
  • 1 bunch of spring onion chopped
  • 1 pinch of salt
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PEA AND CUCUMBER SALSA

500gm Green Peas

1 bunch of chive

3 spring of mint( chopped)

4tbsp white vinegar

1tsp caster sugar

4tbsp olive oil

1 Chili (chopped)

Method:

1

First, prepare the batter for the monkfish. Add the flour and baking powder to a bowl, pour in the sparking water and whisk to form a thick pancake-like batter. If too thick, add a little more sparkling water to loosen the mixture.

2

Fold in the diced monkfish , red onion and chopped chives. Season with salt and pepper and set aside.

3

To prepare the salad, rinse and scrub the potatoes. Use an apple corer to punch out cylinders in the potatoes. Alternatively just dice the potatoes.

4

Bring a large pan of salted water to the boil. Add the potato cylinders and simmer over a medium heat until almost cooked, approximately 15 minutes

5

Once cooked, use a slotted spoon to gently remove the potatoes from the water, transfer to a container or salad bowl and set aside.

6

Heat a deep-fat fryer to 170C. Alternatively, fill a deep saucepan with oil to a third of the way up. Caution: hot oil can be dangerous

7

Use a tablespoon to carefully drop pieces of the monkfish mixture into the hot oil. Fry until golden for about 3-4 minutes

8

Remove the monkfish popcorn carefully with a slotted spoon. Drain on kitchen towel.

9

Meanwhile, place the  potatoes in a large bowl. Add in the mayonnaise and spring onion and mix  with the potatoes.

10

Mix all the salsa ingredients in a bowl and leave for 30 minutes.

11

Divide the monkfish popcorn onto plates and serve alongside the potato salad, salsa & mixed leaves salad.

Take a listen to their conversation here: