Whenever I eat out or someone cooks for me, I am always taking in the different foods and flavours. I get so much inspiration from others, and am always thinking about how I can recreate something that I have previously eaten. I appreciate good food, so just adore getting creative in the kitchen and testing out different ideas that have usually been going round and round in my head for a good few days. This recipe was inspired by my grandma, which she will be very surprised to hear. I would never want to offend her in any way, and she would completely agree with me, but she isn’t a natural cook. We are a family of eating out rather than staying in 😉 However, when I ate with her a few weeks ago she cooked a really delicious meal which I just couldn’t wait to try out for myself. It was based on a recipe she had found in a newspaper, although she slightly adapted it and then I changed a few things to give it my own spin. It is a really delicious recipe for the summer, light, fresh and full of flavour. It is also relatively healthy, which is usually a must during the summer months. This is a recipe that is quick and easy (which we all know I love), just the kind of food that I need at the moment. Lately I have been slacking majorly when it comes to my food and diet, purely because I just haven’t had the time nor energy to get creative in the kitchen everyday. I am trying my hardest to get back into a healthy routine, so will definitely be making this a few times over the next few months. It is a great recipe just for one, but also great if you want a stress free meal for two or even dinner with friends and family.
Pan Fried Cod with Tomatoes, Fried Parma Ham, Lemon & Herb Mashed Potato and Parmesan
Ingredients (for two)
2 Cod Fillets // 1 Packet Parma Ham // 2 Vines Cherry Tomatoes // 2 Baking Potatoes // 1 Lemon // 1tbsp dried mixed herbs // Parmesan Cheese // Seasoning & Butter
I would start by preparing the potatoes, as for me it is the most boring part. Peel the two potatoes and put in a medium sized saucepan. Sprinkle with salt and pour over hot water. Bring the pan to the boil and set a timer for about twenty minutes.
In a large frying pan, heat a little bottle and drizzle of olive oil. In a small frying pan, put a little olive oil ready for the parma ham. Once the large frying pan is hot, keep it on a medium high heat and add the cod fillets. Cook for about four minutes on one side and top with some lemon juice, salt and pepper. Keep pouring over the sauce to keep the fish moist. Turn the fish over and move as far as possible to one side of the pan. In the other side, place the tomatoes.
Cover the frying pan and turn the heat to low. At this point the potatoes should be nearly done, so start to heat up the oil in the smaller frying pan. Once hot, separate the parma ham into the pan and continuously stir on a high heat. The parma ham should land up being crispy. The potato should be cooked now, so drain the water, and get ready to mash. Add some lemon juice, the mixed herbs and a knob of butter. Mash the potato until it is lump free and creamy.
On a warm plate, place the mashed potato and top with the crispy parma ham. Next to the potato, place the cod fillet and top with the warm cherry tomatoes. Grate a little parmesan cheese over the whole dish for added and easy flavour.
– bon apetite – 
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This recipe is my own. 
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