Went into Derby this weekend to check out the markets , despite being in a landlocked county Derby has at least three good permanent fish stalls in the market each with a massive range of fish and friendly staff . Nick banned me from buying an Octopus though he might relent after I show him gorgeous and tasty it can look on Food Stories blog
Instead I was permitted to buy two lovely Mackerel which are just coming into season . Though the fishmonger offered I quite like de-heading and gutting them myself they seem to stay fresher so Sunday morning saw me clutching fish guts .
I love mackerel simply grilled ( memories of Lyme Regis last summer ) but I really wanted to try something a bit different I have loved the fish curries at festivals over the years but have never tried making my own
Once cleaned I slashed the sides of the fish and smothered them with a spicy curry paste ( red chilli, coriander , tumeric and ginger mixed in oil ) sorry for being lazy and not toasting and grinding my own spiced but I was anxious to get out and enjoy the sunshine .
After a day pottering round in the sunshine , I popped them under the grill and served with a pile of green lentils topped with yogurt and a , fresh cucumber , parsley, mint and spring onion salad dressed with salt , pepper and fresh lemon juice Would have been even better served in the sunshine in a tented field , but its definitely a sign of good things to come .