The Chinese Lunar New Year takes place on Monday 8th February this year and a fifth of the World’s population will be celebrating. As well as the 1.3 billion Mainland Chinese, festivities will take place in countries as diverse as Indonesia, Vietnam and here in the UK in the Chinatowns of London, Manchester, Birmingham and Liverpool Chinatown, the first in Europe. Continue reading
New Years’ resolutions are little promises we make with ourselves, plans for the year, a way to carry the positive festive feeling in to 2016.
At Regal we’re looking to spend more time with family and friends. We’ll be focusing on sharing quick and healthy recipes with you, meal ideas for when you have loved ones to dinner, recipes that get the children involved and benefiting from the health aspects and taste of quality fish and seafood. And we’ll be expanding our range of nutritious luxury prepared products for when you need a hassle free meal you can take out of the freezer and pop straight into the oven. Continue reading
Whilst we agree, there’s nothing quite like a pancake covered in maple syrup, chocolate spread and banana to satisfy the sweet tooth! We believe savoury pancakes are often overlooked.
We’ve been busy in the kitchen coming up with our Seafood versions and we’re sure you’ll agree they don’t have to be restricted to Shrove Tuesday!
Basic Pancake Recipe (can use this in any of the recipes below)
100g plain flour
1 tbsp sunflower oil/vegetable oil/melted butter, plus extra oil for frying
This is a basic pancake mix – blend the flour, eggs, milk, oil/melted butter and salt together to make a smooth batter – it should have the consistency of single cream. Different brands of flour behave differently so adjust by adding a little more milk to thin or flour to thicken.
Change the flavour and texture of the pancake by replacing the plain flour with Buckwheat Flour (this gives a gluten free pancake) – you may need a little more milk for this one. Try replacing half the flour with corn meal for a different textured pancake.
Ok then now for the interesting part!
A Korean Style Pancake (2 pancakes)
This uses a standard pancake batter but the pancake is topped with Regal Seafood Cocktail that has been defrosted and roughly chopped, 4 spring onions sliced along the length and chopped chilli – half to a full one depending on how hot you like it! It is served cut into bite size pieces with a dipping sauce made from soya sauce, rice vinegar, garlic, ginger with a bit of water to dilute. I would think sweet chilli sauce would go with it as well.
Method – Heat a splash of oil in a frying pan and pour in a layer of pancake batter. Scatter over half the chopped seafood, 2 sliced spring onions and a sprinkle of chopped chilli then drizzle over a little more pancake batter – save enough to make the second pancake. Cook the pancake until the base is golden brown then carefully turn over and cook until golden and cooked through. Repeat to make the second pancake. Serve cut into squares and serve with the dipping sauce.
For the next couple we need a basic white sauce recipe. Here’s what we went with…
Basic White Sauce
25g plain flour
salt and pepper
In a saucepan – melt the butter and mix in the flour. Cook this mixture gently for 2 minutes and take off the heat before adding the milk gradually, whisking well. Bring to a gentle simmer for 5-10 minutes until the sauce has thickened. Reduce the amount of milk for a thicker sauce. Season to taste.
In the microwave – place all the ingredients (except seasoning) in a large bowl and whisk together. Cook on high for 2 mins then remove bowl and whisk well. Continue to cook on high for a further 2 mins and then whisk well. Cook for a further 2 minutes then season to taste.
Use this sauce as a base for your pancake filling as suggested below. Try replacing half the milk with white wine for a white wine sauce or adding grated lemon zest and a squeeze of lemon juice along with chopped fresh herbs.
Easy Whitefish lasagne
Next we layered up a white fish lasagne with pancakes instead of pasta sheets!
We started by combining pre cooked 500g Fresh Skinned and Boned Cod Fillets
with the basic white sauce and a handful of frozen peas and sweetcorn.
We made 2 simple pancakes and topped half the fish mixture with a pancake before another layer of fish and topping with the second pancake. Once we had finished layering we topped with grated cheese, breadcrumb and some chopped baby tomatoes.
This was transferred to the oven for around 15 minutes at 180oC.
Smoked Haddock with Spinach and cheese – cannelloni style
This isn’t any old Smoked Fish!! This is Traditionally Smoked Haddock from what is believed to be the oldest smoke house on Grimsby Docks, MTL fish curers.
We took 500g and cooked it for roughly 4-5 minutes in the microwave. We discarded the skin and chopped it up before adding a generous tablespoon of whte sauce, a handful of spinach and a sprinkle of grated cheese and then rolled it into 2 precooked pancakes.
We then sprinkled over a little grated cheese and breadcrumb. This is how the inside looked…
Next up is one of our personal favourites…
Smoked Salmon and cream cheese pancake roll-ups
So easy and ridiculously delicious!
We made 2 pancakes and very simply laid 200g of delicious Scottish Smoked Salmon and a combination of cream cheese/ crème fraiche with a tiny squeeze of lemon juice. We then rolled them up and sliced into bite sized pieces. Before sprinkling chopped Dill over the plate.
We’ve been busy in the office today preparing recipes for Halloween!
With kids in mind we thought we would have a play around with some ideas and here’s what we came up with…