Thursday, 4 April 2013

Of chocolate bellies and healthy choices...

I think I may have overdone the chocolate indulgence a little over Easter :-)  I was given a lovely large dark chocolate egg which was delicious...note the use of the word "was" - no wonder I feel ready to pop!  No regrets though - it's Easter only once a year (just as well).

The latest giveaway was really exciting for me as I was keen to share the River Cottage bread book and it was lovely that people took the time to take part.  Well done to the winner, Pigsmightfly!  I will do another giveaway next month, so it's worth keeping an eye out for the announcements.  In the meantime I will think of a suitable prize... :-)

I might have to eat a few lighter things over the next few days, so that I can still fit into my clothes after my chocolate binge.  One of my favourites is a simple fish dish: trout cooked in a foil parcel.  Not only is it simple and quick but it's also tasty and doesn't cost the earth.  The last time I made this, I served it with small new potatoes and salad. The whole thing takes less than half an hour to prepare and cook and for me, it ticks all the boxes when I want something a bit healthier to eat and don't have much time. 

Now all we need is the temperatures around here to rise a bit and this will become a regular on our summer menu...

Trout in foil parcel (allow one cleaned/gutted fish per person)

  1. Preheat the oven to 180c (fan oven).
  2. Lightly oil one piece of foil per fish and place the fish on top.
  3. Season with salt & pepper and if you like, add herbs (e.g. dried tarragon) and garlic to taste as well as a small knob of butter.
  4. Close the foil around the fish, creating a parcel - just remember not to wrap it will need room for the steam to cook the fish. 
  5. Place the foil parcel in the oven and cook for 15 - 20 minutes.
Serve with new potatoes and a salad of your choice - delicious, simple & quick! :-) 


  1. Do you catch your own fish Kirsten or buy them from a fishmonger? We have a lovely fishmonger here and a lot of their fresh produce is locally caught :-)

    1. We have a great fishmonger here too with local fish which is great! Sounds like you live in the right place too for lovely fish dishes :-) Kirsten x