Friday, 18 October 2013

cod & brussel sprouts

This dish sort of happened quite randomly yesterday as I was throwing a bunch of things into a pan fairly haphazardly, but it actually turned out quite well and hence why I decided to share this very, very short recipe.

- cod fillet
- brussel sprouts
- olive oil
- balsamic vinegar
- thyme
- salt
- pepper
- brown sugar

How to...
- Heat up a dash of olive oil in a non stick frying pan.
- Once the oil is hot, throw the cod in.
- Onto the fish and around the sides of the pan, add as much salt, pepper, thyme as you wish, a dash of balsamic vinegar and a sprinkling of brown sugar.
- When the fillet is browned on one side, flip it and add the brussel sprouts into the pan around the fish.
- Swirl everything around to make sure the spices and flavourings are evenly distributed, pour in a bit of water to help keep everything moist, and add more salt and spices to the sprouts if desired.
- Once the fish is cooked and the balsamic vinegar has left a brown glaze, the sprouts should also look lightly glazed but still be a vibrant green, plate up and enjoy!

If my instructions seem vague and nondescript, it's because there is no wrong way to cook; recipes should serve as an inspiration to get your hands dirty in the kitchen and can always be tweaked to suit your preferences. As I've said before, you can always use different ingredients depending on what you have access to or leave stuff out if it doesn't tickle your fancy. Also, after I'd already plated up, I actually realised it would have been quite nice to add some sliced onions in and maybe some garlic too, but feel free to ignore my musings. 

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