As northerners through and through, we love mushy peas – they make or break a meal of fish and chips. Although it’s hard to imagine anything beating the peas from the Magpie Café in Whitby, we thought we’d give Nigella Lawson’s version a try. This recipe can be found in How to Eat: The Pleasures and Principles of Good Food.
The fish is really simple – dredge in salt, pepper and flour then sear on both sides and roast in the oven. It’s the peas that are the star – boil some garlic in water for 10 minutes, squeeze it out of its skin and put back in the water and cook with some peas. Then you blitz the cooked peas and garlic with some butter and creme fraiche.
It’s not mushy peas like you’d get from a traditional British chip shop, but they’re garlicky and wonderful.