Baked Cod with Mashed Potatoes

Sunday afternoon and the rain is lashing down outside, so we’re having a simple and consoling dinner. Once again the inspiration comes from Nigel Slater’s Appetite – the great thing about this book is it points you in the direction of something tasty but the exact detail of how you get there is up to you.

So today we had some cod baked in the oven with butter, salt and pepper served up with some mashed potato. As usual we left the skins on the potatoes for a bit of extra fibre. We served it up with some broccoli but in the absence of oyster sauce we fried the broccoli in a mixture of soy sauce, rice wine and sliced garlic.

It’s not a fancy dinner, and the ingredients are deceptively simple, but the end result is worth it. The mash is consoling, the cod really tastes of cod because it’s not overwhelmed with other flavours, and broccoli with soy sauce is just the best on any day of the week.