Monday, 21 May 2012

A Day trip to Brighton Beach


After the chilly Christmas, we missed the sun and sea and decided to go to Brighton for the day! Forget about the umbrella and bikinis and rather put on a scarf and gloves because this is not your typical Camps Bay beach, and you are definitely not going to go for a dip in the sea in December! 
Brighton is on the South coast of Great Britain.  It is very popular during the Summer as the seafront has bars, restaurants, nightclubs and amusement arcades, principally between the piers. Being less than an hour from London by train has made the city a popular destination, especially with big party groups.

Brighton Pier has all the latest video games, thrill rides and retail shops, even a South African Biltong Hut. The Pier has three bars, over thirty food kiosks, traditional seaside stalls, two amusement arcades, a world famous fish & chip restaurant, and even its own radio station. 

The famous fish and chip restaurant, Palm court, was recently referred to as the "Spiritual Home" of fish and chips by Heston Blumenthal.  You can enjoy large portions of fabulous fish and chips, cooked to perfection, in the newly refurbished restaurant or you can take it out and eat while you walk along the pier - just watch out for those seagulls! 

"The Spiritual Home of Fish and Chips" - Heston Blumenthal

We had a lovely lunch on the pier. This was truly the best Fish and chips I have ever eaten and I can't imagine eating anything else at Brighton.  

Here is my recipe for deep-fried fish, which I made a lot on Stormbringer (the boss loved it)...

Deep-fried haddock in beer batter


oil, for deep frying

4 haddock fillets, about 180g each, pinboned and skinned
4 Tbsp seasoned flour

For the batter:

115g plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
250-300ml pale ale 
salt and freshly ground black pepper

Sift the plain flour, baking powder ans salt into a bowl. Make a well in the centre and add half the ale. Gradually stir in the flour so the batter remains smooth. As it thickens, blend in more until the batter is the consistency of single cream, and season. Heat the oil to 180C in a large pan or deep-fat fryer. Dust the fish with the seasoned flour. Lower the fish in the batter and coat completely. Swish the fish through the oil to allow the batter to start to set, then release the fish. Fry for 7-10 minutes or until the batter is golden brown. Drain the fish on kitchen towel and season with maldon salt. Serve with chips and lemon mayo.

bon appétit!!!

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