Last week Mrs Sensible and I were doing the weekly shop. We are very organised when it comes to shopping, I add all the necessary groceries for our well being, for example biscuits, chocolates and beer and Mrs Sensible adds mundane things like toilet rolls, food and at the same time removes some of the items I have added.
As we walked down the aisle (I tried to hide some biscuits under the toilet rolls) Mrs S asked me if I preferred meat or fish for dinner. Obviously I suggested meat, fish never seems appealing to me as they lay on the counter staring at me with glassy eyes. We bought some meat to keep me happy and then we headed to the dreaded fish counter.
Mrs Sensible spotted some fish on special offer it was priced at 66 cents a kilo or in real money £0.48 a kilo !!!!!! To me it looked like a fish head and some scraps, Mrs S said it will be perfect for our
manky cats. I relaxed a little and went back in search of more useful things like wine.
On Fridays Mrs Sensible and I both finish work at midday, I phoned Mrs S and asked her if I could prepare a quick lunch for us…..
Mrs S: Sure make a quick sauce and use the fish that is in the fridge, make it the way you make a tuna pasta but use the fish.
Me: Fish? Which Fish?
Mrs S: We bought it yesterday.
Me: The fish we bought for the manky cats?
Mrs S: See how much fish is on the bone, there will be enough for a pasta dish.
Me: (less than enthusiastically) uhhuh
Me: Do I take it off the bone before it goes in the sauce?
Mrs S Pecora! you need to steam the fish and then take it off the bone, look I am on the way home just chop some onions.
Me: Ok, chop onions, I can do that 🙂
So I chopped the onions and put the fish in the steamer. There is a knack to frying onions, the heat has to be just right or the onions go crispy and burn. If you check the photo you can see there are only a few black and crispy onions.
Having managed 2 tasks I decided it was time to phone Mrs S and ask for further instructions.
Me: Hi honey, the garlic and onions are done the fish looks a nice white colour so I think it is ready, what next?
Mrs S Fetch the radicchio from the fridge and chop it into little pieces, then quickly fry it with the onions.
Mrs S: (with only a noticeable sigh) it looks like red cabbage. Use a large one because I have invited Paula to lunch.
Me: You have invited Paula!!! I am cooking Fish Head Pasta and you invite friends!!!!
Mrs S: (slightly more noticeable sigh) PN I will be home soon….
It was at this point that I decided that Fish Head Pasta needed an additional ingredient. So I went off in search of a cork screw and a bottle of wine.
The wine relaxed me a little and I proceeded to chop the
red cabbage radicchio and throw it in the pan. Just as I opened the lid of the steamer to check on Hubert the fish, Mrs S arrived and I was suddenly reduced from the rank of Head Chef all the way down to Minion.
Mrs S (all at the same time) de-boned the fish, boiled some pasta, added the fish to the onions (that I had cooked) and found some plates to serve the meal on. meanwhile I set the table and drank another glass of wine.
Fish Head Pasta on a plate, what does it taste like? Delicious. We produced 3 meals for less than €2.50 The wine that I was slowly quaffing cost me €12.50 but it was worth every penny.