There are positives and negatives to living as far away from our parent as we do. My Mum is in Edinburgh while Z's Mum is in Windsor and her Dad is in deepest Shropshire. At around four hours in the car to see any of them we don't meet up that often but when we do we always have a good time.
One of the real bonuses of visiting family members that live miles away, is that you get to dip into a new local food scene. Visiting Z's Dad gave us a day out in the foodie Mecca of Ludlow. A recent trip to Edinbugh let us eat at The Dogs* and no visit to Windsor is complete without a farmers market or a trip to the Windsor Farm Shop which sells produce from the Royal farms.
Tonight's menu was inspired by the discovery, at the back of the fridge, of spoils from one of our visits to the Windsor Farm Shop. A jar of caramelised peppers. Z wanted the peppers smeared onto the top of a piece of white fish and baked and who am I to argue. The peppers are sweet and sticky with a nice background kick but they are not so strong that they over powered the coley.
We chose coley in the end because there is no reason not to. It's a well flavoured white fish and usually costs half the price of cod or haddock. If looks are that important to you, fine, but preserving the fish stocks and saving pennies are higher on my list of priorities. The more pennies we have the more chance we have of going on family visits and picking up more fun food.
*a must if you get the chance