Tastes of the Sea with Jane Godman

Tastes of the Sea

Mussels in White Wine
I love fish and seafood. I think it's because I love the sea. Nothing quite says "relaxed" like a table overlooking the beach and a plate of paella or calamari with a creamy dip. Can you hear my stomach rumbling as I write?

One of my favorite seafood meals recently wasn’t in a Spanish taverna. It was a cold February evening on the banks of the River Dee in Cheshire, England with the lights of North Wales twinkling in the distance.

The first course (shared between two) was a huge bowl of mussels in a white wine sauce, served with chunks of crusty bread.

Round two was a seafood platter featuring lobster, prawns, smoked salmon, deep fried fish, calamari, and whitebait. It was delicious!

The inclusion of whitebait reminded me how much I love those tasty little fish, so I thought I’d share a quick and easy recipe with you.

Whitebait with Dill Mayo     
Serves 6
Seafood Platter

2 teaspoons fennel seeds

50 g plain flour
450 g whitebait
a few sprigs of fresh dill
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
1 lemon

Heat the oil in a deep fryer or pan to 200ºC.
Crush the fennel seeds in a pestle and mortar, then combine with the flour and season.
Working in batches, coat the fish in the flour mixture then very carefully fry for 3 minutes, or until golden and cooked. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on kitchen paper.
Pick and finely chop the dill, then combine with the mayonnaise, and season.
Serve the fish with dill mayo and lemon wedges.

About the Author Jane Godman

JANE GODMAN writes paranormal romance for Harlequin Nocturne and SMP Romance and thrillers for Harlequin Romantic Suspense. She also self publishes her historical and gothic stories. She has been a Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Nominee and The Romance Reviews Readers’ Choice Award Winner.

Jane worked in a variety of shops, bars, and offices before settling into a career as a teacher. She was born in Scotland and has lived in Germany, Wales, Malta, South Africa, and England. Jane still gets the urge to travel, although these days she tends to head for a Spanish beach, or a European city that is steeped in history.
When she isn’t reading or writing romance, Jane enjoys cooking and spending time with her family. She is married to a lovely man, has two grown up children and has recently discovered the joy of becoming a grandparent (to two gorgeous boys).

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Colton and the Single Mom (The Coltons of Red Ridge)

This Colton cop falls for a ready-made family
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  1. Wow, awesome recipe! I'm going to try frying my fish like this.

    Congratulations on the new book and wishing you much success!

    1. It is delicious :) Thank you for the good wishes x

  2. I grew up in Redondo Beach, California and we used to go to the pier all the time and get fresh seafood. I love seafood too.

    1. Oh, I'm jealous! Nothing says summer quite like seafood :)

  3. I think the whitebait we get here, and the whitebait you're talking about must be different because there's no way you could cook the whitebait we get here individually. We make them into fritters because they're more like tiny tadpoles.

    1. They must be different! The ones I'm talking about are the same size (roughly) as a sardine.

  4. Love sea food ...
    We had mussels in a garlic sauce earlier ... yummy!

    All the best Jan

    1. Yum! I love mussels, and garlic sauce sounds like my idea of heaven :)

  5. Thanks for the recipe Jane, I love seafood, and the book sounds good.

    1. Thanks, Christine. If you get a chance to read the book or try the recipe, do let me know what you think!

  6. I love seafood too, especially crabs.

    1. Oh, crab is delicious, isn't it? Such a delicate flavor, but I love it in Thai food, which can be quite strong. I think I need some crab fishcakes....

  7. Thanks for sharing these recipe! Sounds yum!

    1. You're welcome, Janet. It really is quick, easy, and delicious!

  8. As hard as I've tried, I've never been a fan of seafood. It's probably due to the fact that I grew up in suburbia between mountains with no ocean access. Fish were always disgusting to me. The only seafood I thought was okay was halibut straight from Alaska.

  9. It's so ironic that I'm from Maryland, which is considered seafood capital, and despite it being so healthy, it's not my favorite food. Occasionally I'll eat shrimp and fish, and will definitely try your recipe the next time I prepare a fish meal for sure. I also like a crab cake about once a year too. (lol) Your book sounds pretty interesting, and I love a good mystery. Hugs...RO

  10. I love looking at food though i must confess I am not a big adventurer of food. I am called the Picky eater. I simply say, "I know what I like and what i do not."

    Currently reading "Awakening the Shifter"

    Have a blessed day


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