Nobody likes their first alcoholic drink, but we’ve all experienced how soon that catches on, and it’s the same with capers. You can buy them either preserved in salt (which I prefer) or in vinegar.
Either way you need to place them in a sieve and rinse them under cold water first.
Capers in vinegar will keep well once opened, provided the vinegar covers them completely. If it doesn’t you’ll need to do some topping up.
This is a recipe for mashed potato that's great served with fish. I love it with some freshly grilled mackerel or herring, and it's also extremely good with smoked fish.
This recipe sums up why we should support the small supplier: a wonderful baked salmon dish using fish from a smokery just down the road from Delia's house in Suffolk.
Yes, smoked fish is expensive, but you'll find that a little goes a long way in this luxurious supper dish for two, so go on - why not treat yourself?
Tapenade, that strong gutsy pâté of minced olives, is converted into something more elegant and aristocratic if you replace half the amount of olives with sun-dried tomatoes. Serve it with ciabatta warm from the oven, or baked croutons brushed with o
Because British domestic grills are so variable in their efficiency, I think a ridged grill pan is a very good investment. It's particularly good for thick tuna steaks and gives those lovely charred stripes that look so attractive.
This recipe is delightfully different and makes a complete meal for two to three people with perhaps a simple green salad with a lemony dressing as an accompaniment.
Four pieces of any white fish can be used for this dish, though my own personal choice is cod steaks on the bone.
Puttanesca has always been one of my favourite pasta sauces – strong and gutsy, with lots of flavour – then one inspired day I decided to try it on a pizza base instead. The result is brilliant.
The thing to remember here is that good-quality tinned salmon makes better fishcakes than fresh, so don't be tempted to cook some salmon just for this.
Classic fishcakes are wonderfully frugal food, as they allow you to 'stretch' 1lb of fish to serve 4-6 people. And who's complaining with recipes as good as this, pepped up with the addition of capers, parsley and cayenne?