Cooking in the 2000s, what does it conjurer up thoughts of? Apparently the noughties were when the internet changed everything. It was also when food such as sushi, cupcakes, Artisan foods (breads, cheeses and dark chocolates) came into the spotlight. This decade also saw a rise in the trend for street food and gourmet junk food. So when Rennie®, the heartburn specialists, challenged me to come up with a recipe that took me back to that period I had to put my thinking cap on.
And if you fancy cooking through the decades, Rennie® have put together a list of their favourite recipes and ingredients from each decade of the past 100 years.
I was pregnant, twice in the noughties and I suffered really badly with heartburn so Rennie heartburn remedies were my friend! But, many adults suffer from heartburn, indigestion and trapped wind at some point in their lives, which can be triggered by what you eat, how you eat or a busy, stressful lifestyle.
After much deliberation I decided to errr on the side of posh junk food in the guise of a posh fish finger sandwich! Accompanied by homemade chips (not triple fried unfortunately but for more authenticity go for it), and some mushy peas. Yum!
So the whole family could eat this I made the fish fingers gluten free but just substitute the gluten free ingredients for normal ones if necessary. It won’t alter the amazing taste. This is a good recipe to get the children involved with too, they’ll love, as M did, dipping the fish into the bowls to make the fish fingers.
It might not seem like a lot of lemon zest but the lemony taste really comes through when the fish fingers are cooked. It really adds to the flavour and makes the fish fingers extra special.
Cupcakes also became incredibly popular during the noughties and whilst I have quite a few recipes on the blog for them I thought I’d share another recipe which just made it into the tail end of that time, whoopie pies! So if you fancy something sweet after your fish finger sandwich how about a whoopie pie filled with a delicious marshmallow cream.
A posh finger sandwich recipe…
- 600g white fish, make sure it is firm and thick. I used smoked haddock.
- 100-120g breadcrumbs (whizz up your favourite bread in a food processor or blender- I used a seeded gluten free loaf)
- Zest of 1 lemon
- Black pepper
- 60g plain flour (again I used gluten free)
- 2 eggs
- 120ml mayonnaise
- Handful of rocket roughly chopped
- 1 tbsp capers, drained
- 8 slices of bread to serve
- Preheat the oven to 200ºC/ gas mark 6
- Line a baking tray
- Put the breadcrumbs into a shallow bowl and add the lemon zest and black pepper and mix.
- Put the flour in another shallow bowl and season
- Put the eggs in a shallow bowl and beat
- Cut the fish length ways to make chunky fingers
- Dip a piece of fish into the flour, then the egg (shake off the excess) and then roll in the breadcrumbs.
- Place on the baking tray.
- Repeat until all the fish is coated
- Bake in the oven for 10 minutes
- Whilst the fish is cooking put the mayonnaise into a bowl, add the rocket and capers and mix
- If serving with mushy peas cook frozen peas for five minutes, drain and mash with a little double cream or creme fraiche and add salt and pepper to taste.
- Once the fish is cooked, layer the fish fingers, mayo and mushy peas on top of a slice of bread, top with another slice of bread and tuck in!
Disclosure: This post has been supported by Rennie®, but all words and opinions are my own.