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The Healthier Fish and Chips; Food, Fashion, Music

The French and The British suffer from a life long hatred/comedy amongst themselves, being half French myself, i cant help but wonder why that is (especially because we all know the French are better). I guess it all started with the 100 year war and even years before, due to issues of colonisation and land domination. As this “relationship” grew there were times where both nations had to become allies in the face of adversity (namely WWI and WWII). Until this very day this love/hate bickering is still quite rampant and is global common knowledge; mostly personified by the British calling us Frogs and us naming them Rosbifs, however on the other hand, the Brits have the positive expression “french Touch” and we have “So British”.

I for one think Great Britain is great having visited it quite often when i studied in Paris, however their traditional food isn’t something i crave for (their New British food is actually quite good), but if i were to say 3 things that i love GB for, they would be: Fashion, Music and Fish and Chips.

Recently i went to Ben Sherman (located in the Shangri-la Plaza Mall, Edsa corner Shaw in Madaluyong) to go buy some clothes. I actually had no idea that there was a Ben Sherman here, if i did i would have gone sooner. The brand represents the nation perfectly; they were basically one of the founders of the perfect button down shirt and this is clearly felt in their store. They mix in a little nostalgia with modernism and give you a look that is both relaxed but which can translate into more dressed up occasion (think Polo player). If you guys haven’t yet, go check them out, the prices are decent, compared to other big international clothing brands here and if they have an increase in patronage they will probably expand their line more. You can check out their website too, to see their full line of products.

The second, Music, , is a powerhouse industry in the UK, they have come out with some of the best bands in the world, including and not limited to: The Smiths, The Beatles, Joy Division, Pulp, Radiohead, the Cure, U2, and the list goes on and on. I absolutely love music from the island and i’m very excited that this summer i will be attending the Optimus Alive 12 festival in Portugual, so as a tribute, this video only has the British bands that i will be seeing live this summer! try and see if you recognise them! (Except for the first song from Mumford and Sons, they will be at the festival, but they are not from the UK, but i put them because they really have the British sound, and i was shocked when i found out they were American last year).

Lastly, Fish and Chips, there is nothing more satisfying then food wrapped in Newspaper. This for me, is on my list of ultimate street food when done right, a perfectly flaky piece of fish that when bitten into releases a smoke of steaming vapor, sided by a side of crisp yet moist chips, some malt vinegar and some great mushy peas. There are countless of recipes online and im no one to tell you how to do a proper F&C, but i will attempt to teach you a healthier version.

Fish and Chips, with Sweet Potatoes and Carrot Fries and Mushy Peas

For our Fries: Cut up sticks of sweet potatoes and sticks of carrots (if you have small baby carrots, then thats better), toss with olive oil, a garlic piece, rock salt and pepper, place in a baking dish lined with aluminium foil and add lots of fresh thyme. Bake for about 30mins in a 200 degree celsius oven or until cooked through and crispy.

Our Fish: Take 2 fillets of fish, you can use anything from Tilapia to Cod or any white fish that is available to you, cover them in Fine Grated Almonds (Or any other kind of nut, or if you cant find any nut flour, then use whole wheat, or multigrain flour – it wont be as healthy though), dip the fish in a egg was (1 egg white whisked till frothy) and immediately quote with toasted oats (take steel cut oats and place them on a baking dish flat, in the oven at aroun 180 celsius, until crispy and before they turn brown)., coat properly. In a hot skillet use grapesee oil or any other healthy alternative (just dont put too much) and fry on both sides until almost golden brow and then place in that same hot oven for about 5 mins until cooked through).

For our light “tartare sauce”: 1 tbsp of sour cream, 1 tbsp of unsweetened yogurt, 1 tbsp of capers, 1 pickled jalapeno, some lemon zest, salt and pepper, crushed garlic paste, a tsp of malt vinegar. Chop up everything and mix together. Finsih off with adding some spring onions or micro onions on top of the sauce.

For our Mushy peas, take as much as you want to eat, canned peas or forzen peas both work here, heat up in a small sauce pan with a little salt and pepper and water if you need it to be a tad more liquid, and mush up rougly as you would potatoes.

You’ll love this!

 

 

45 COMMENTS

    1. Arra Medina March 12, 2012 at 4:16 am

      Looks YUMMY and HEALTHY!

      A must try! Thanks CHef for the post!

      GOD Bless!

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      1. Erwan March 23, 2012 at 2:10 am

        thank you for reading!

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    1. Justine March 12, 2012 at 4:42 am

      Just like you I was surprised at Mumford & Sons being American.. I was like, “Whaaa..?” even though I didn’t think they were British but I thought they must be at least from Europe.

      I can’t wait to try this!! It looks so damn yummy.. F&C is one of my favorite foods. The next time you go to Australia/Perth you gotta stop by Cicerello’s for their F&C. I don’t know if it’s healthy under Erwan Standards but it’s still really good.

      Just a question though, is there anything specific I can replace Fine Grated Almonds with (that tastes just as good)? Not that well versed with peanuts or much of a fan of Almonds and you said with flour it’s less healthy.

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      1. Erwan March 23, 2012 at 2:11 am

        sorry i made a mistake hahah they are british pala!!

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    1. Angel Marasigan March 12, 2012 at 4:43 am

      and how was that? Amazingly healthy and looks yummy! :)

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      1. Erwan March 23, 2012 at 2:11 am

        thank you!

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    1. Cristine Ong March 12, 2012 at 6:02 am

      This post made me hungry! Will try it this weekend! :)

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      1. Erwan March 23, 2012 at 2:12 am

        how did it go?

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    1. Michelle C March 12, 2012 at 7:49 am

      My dream fish and chips came trueee!

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      1. Erwan March 23, 2012 at 2:12 am

        haha my dream is deep fried! but thats why its a dream

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    1. thea diaz March 12, 2012 at 11:01 am

      i’m from England and have tried different versions of fish and chips but yours is unique and it looks extremely appealing! thank you for this post:) xx

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      1. Erwan March 23, 2012 at 2:12 am

        thank you for reading, its very different and a good alternative

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    1. Windell Basilio (@mariebiskwit) March 12, 2012 at 6:44 pm

      What can I use as a substitute to the mushy peas? Not a big of peas :D

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      1. Windell Basilio (@mariebiskwit) March 12, 2012 at 6:46 pm

        *not a big fan of peas

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      1. Erwan March 23, 2012 at 2:13 am

        blasphemy! you dont really need the peas, so no need to sub them out

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    1. gail March 13, 2012 at 3:29 am

      almonds! This is so healthy! I will try this. thanks for sharing!

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      1. Erwan March 23, 2012 at 2:35 am

        awesome thanks!

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    1. john March 13, 2012 at 3:22 pm

      A must try! Looks delicious. Btw, Mumford and Sons are a British band.

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      1. Erwan March 23, 2012 at 2:35 am

        yes i just realised that hahaha, thanks for the correction!

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    1. Zac March 14, 2012 at 7:41 am

      I agree with your ideas about Ben Sherman and Brit music. It’s really different when you compare their tastes in fashion and music. They are more decent and artistic/creative compare to other nations except France, Sweden and, other nice EU countries –for apparent reason. Uhm. Yeah –I like your blog! Please keep posting topics that concern travel and culture. :).

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      1. Erwan March 23, 2012 at 2:35 am

        thanks ZAC!

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    1. abi March 14, 2012 at 12:28 pm

      ohhlala! erwan thanks for the healthy dishes.. your truly inspiring :)
      keep it up! and i tried jamba juice and it also an extra ordinary healthy drink! :)

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      1. Erwan March 23, 2012 at 2:15 am

        thak you for reading!

      Reply
    1. abi March 14, 2012 at 1:05 pm

      erwan just wanna ask, do you cook pinoy dishes? like sinigang, adobo etc.

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      1. Erwan March 23, 2012 at 2:15 am

        i love pinoy soups! i have some filipino food posts in the log

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    1. Mika March 14, 2012 at 2:55 pm

      Now this is something I’ll DEFINITELY try!!! Thanks, Erwan! :)

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      1. Erwan March 23, 2012 at 2:16 am

        no! thank you Mika!!

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    1. itskayemiranda March 15, 2012 at 12:56 am

      Yes to the fish and chips. No thanks to the peas. And, I don’t think I could enjoy baked fries. I feel like potatoes are made to be fried – french fries, hash browns… or mashed. A certain fastfood company here in the Philippines have these baked hashbrowns and they are gross. Oh well, I guess if you really really want the healthy version and you can’t indulge yet, then you have to deal with it. But whatever! Hehehe… I love fish and chips!!!!

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      1. Erwan March 23, 2012 at 2:18 am

        What????????????? I find potatoes best when they are baked or boiled, that when the flavor is retained. Once you fry it, you alter the taste completely! we see the world very differently friend haha

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    1. Jos March 20, 2012 at 1:58 pm

      Really enjoyed this video! Erwan, I’ve had the traditional fish and chips made with beer batter, but kudos for showing me an alternate and novel way from the mainstream making fish and chips recipe. I would have never considered using almonds and roasted oats – I’ll definitely try this one…mucho gracias amigo.

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      1. Erwan March 23, 2012 at 2:27 am

        beer batter is the best! but when you want something lighter, this is the way to go :)

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    1. Lea March 31, 2012 at 1:43 pm

      This looks heavenly. I wanna try it. Thanks for sharing.

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      1. Erwan April 18, 2012 at 2:35 am

        make it :)

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    1. Karl Nuñez April 3, 2012 at 8:36 am

      your food choices were naturally healthy and amazing delicious. Makes me always excited to visit your blog every now and then.

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      1. Erwan April 18, 2012 at 2:36 am

        im glad thank you

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      1. Erwan May 10, 2012 at 4:03 am

        awesome stuff thanks!!!!

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    1. Bryan June 20, 2012 at 9:09 am

      just want to ask if you can cook a healthy pasta dish , ‘coz i really love to eat pastas :) Thanks

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      1. Erwan June 25, 2012 at 5:31 am

        Yup I have one already, more to come

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    1. mchelle July 26, 2012 at 5:11 am

      yum! and so pretty! ill try these

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    1. mchelle July 26, 2012 at 5:22 am

      where do u go for grocery shopping back home? nway ur fan here is all the way from vancouver b.c :) keep up the good work

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      1. Erwan July 31, 2012 at 2:32 am

        rustans, sm and market :) you guys have better produce up there in BC

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    1. Angela March 28, 2013 at 6:37 pm

      This looks amazing! I’ve tried a few of your easy healthy recipes and can’t wait to try this one!! Thank you for sharing, this helps me tremendously with my paleo (not a diet, its a lifestyle!)

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    1. celeste April 10, 2013 at 2:52 am

      Hello Chef! Thanks for this healthy dish. I also took note of your tartare sauce so this is how it’s done. hehehe. Super thanks! :o)

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