Ho Ho Ho! Are you ready and excited for this Xmas? Every year it seems to me I can spot the signs of Christmas earlier and earlier. Would you agree?
I used to love this time of the year when I was a kid growing up in the Czech Republic. Then after finishing my University Degree I decided I needed a bit longer hot break, and spent 5 wonderful years in sunny Sydney.
As you can imagine celebrating Xmas on the beach in the middle of summer is very different to the many white Xmases I had before. I have to be honest and admit that I did not like it that much, but on the other hand, I loved the fact I was able to spend lots of time suntanning on the beach. Maybe that was the reason why I did not feel homesick at such a family-focused time of the year.
This year we are flying to the Czech Republic, and we all are hoping for lots of snow, skiing and great food. One thing I have always missed about living abroad is all the traditional meals my mum used to cook at Xmas.
Today I would like to share a recipe for a dish I introduced to our family many years ago when I was dating a boy whose mum was Croation. She used to make this easy and very healthy fish dish which is super tasty and had quickly become one of our family Xmas favourites.
Basa Fillets with
Roasted King Edward Potatoes
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 45 minutes
Serves: 4 people
1kg potatoes ( I used Co-op King Edward Potatoes)
600g skinless and boneless basa fillets (a flaky white fish with a delicate flavour similar to cod)
2 large red/Spanish onions peeled and sliced
6 garlic cloves, peeled and finely sliced
Salt & black pepper
- Preheat the oven to 200C/180C Fan/Gas 6.
- Boil the potatoes for 10 minutes in a large pan of water until just tender. Drain, and allow to cool slightly, then slice them into halves.
- Grease a large ovenproof baking dish with some olive oil, and cover with the boiled potatoes.
- Sprinkle some sliced red onions on top (make sure you have a nice sliced circle left for each piece of fish to garnish). Gently place the basa fillets on top, and place the rest of the onions and sliced garlic on top.
- Season with salt and pepper, and drizzle some more olive oil on top.
- Cover with foil and bake for 35 minutes or until the fish is just cooked through. Remove the foil and bake for another 20 minutes or until the potatoes are crisping up.
- Remove from the oven and serve with some green salad.
Watch my “How to” video here!
Czech cuisine is well known for using lots of potatoes. I cannot imagine our Xmas dinner without some home-made potato salad, potato dumplings and some yummy roast potato dishes. Would you agree that the best potatoes for roasting are the King Edward potatoes?
I was very pleased to find out that the Co-op launched King Edwards potatoes as a named variety pack for the first time in October 2017. We often shop at our local Co-op, which has recently been renovated. It’s also great to see a new store open on Watford road just a few weeks ago. I love the fact you can find almost everything you need and often go for the Co-op branded products to return something back to the community.
Don’t forget to check out these yummy potatoes next time you shop at Co-op. Would love to hear what are your family favourite potato dishes and if you try this recipe, I would love to hear what you think of this dish.
In collaboration with Co-op