Saturday, 3 December 2011

Slow food: Fish Pie and Chicolate tart!!!

Thursday night, I went to the fish night at the slow food society for the first time. It was actually at one of the member(Lauren)'s house. Their kitchen was sooooo clean and tidy... I envy her!!! The impression of the society was I feel more at ease than in the LGBTQ. We have a common interest:food. Whereas in LGBTQ, it's more like common characteristic. The people at LGBTQ and slow food are both really nice but I feel I can get into the conversation with the slow food people.

The menu was Fish Pie and Bitter Chocolate Tart. Both were superbly delish!!
I arrived at Lauren's house at 6pm right after my class. Lauren and the chef (James isn't a university student. He owns a restaurant, I think. I don't know how come he's involved in this society but he's a really nice person.) as talking in the kitchen. Them and 2 other people had gone to the fish market that morning to buy fish for the dinner. It turned out that they got the fish for free!! They got 4 types of fish (salmon and I don't remember the name of the others but they were white fish.)

First of all James cut off the skin of the fish. I wanted to fry the skin but I just kept quiet. Shoulda said something. Throwing away that much skin was such a waste!! They took turns to cut it. I didn't cut any because the patch on my hand that I burnt while I was baking bread last week was getting white and gross and I had band-aid on. (What an excuse! It still hasn't healed but is getting better.)

Then more people arrived at the house. Steph made white sauce which I helped to stir. Then we added the fish into the white sauce and I stirred until the fish was cooked. James put lime zest and lemon juice into this sauce which made the taste so much better. The sauce was put out into a dish and was left to cool.

Vish, an Indian guy, peeled potatoes and this was made into a mash. Technique I learnt from James was that if you whisk the mash, it will taste lighter. After the mash was ready, it was put in top of the fish white sauce.
Meanwhile, Lauren was preparing the chocolate tart. 70% cacao chocolate 400g!!!!Super rich and super yummy!

Lauren or James had already prepared the pie dough and it was in the fridge in plastic wrap. Lauren spread this out and put it on the pie tin. This was baked in the oven for a shirt while. Another technique from Vish is if you put egg yolk in the pie crust, it won't get soggy after you pour the filling.
Chocolate, butter and 2 eggs were combined in a pot and this was poured into the crust. The crust came out with the side of it melting to the bottom. Lauren is trying to master making pies because she wants to make it when she goes home for Christmas. Another failure for her!
Now both the fish pie and chocolate tart were in the oven. So now it was time for veg. James cut cauliflowers and cabbage and boiled it. Simple.
And this is what it looked like when everything was finished. Magnificent!

I want to try making the chocolate tart when I have a pie tin!!! Or maybe I could make it with my cake tin.

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