I love fish but these days you are sometimes made to feel somewhat guilty for advocating such irresponsible tastes… So to get to the bottom of it (no pun intended), I went to see the amazing Natural History museum current exhibition “The Deep” and immediately afterwards searched the Internet for the Marine Conservation Society which is responsible for updating a list of “dos and donts” on http://www.endoftheline.com. Consulting their Good Fish guide, I was happy to learn that being a responsible shopper does not mean you have to forgo fish altogether but just that you need to be informed of what to buy when and from where.
Wild caught Pacific cod (The Atlantic one is scarcer so caution is advised when buying it)
(Choose firm loins – 200g per person)
4 streaky bacons
A spoonful of pesto
Ditto for Harissa (chilli paste)
Handful of fresh parsley and coriander
Juice of one lemon
Handful of roasted cherry tomatoes
Chopped sun-dried tomatoes
8 to 10 cherry tomatoes
This is quick and needs to be messy so don’t hesitate to use your hands: Smear the fish loins with pesto and Harissa, sprinkle the herbs and baste generously with the lemon juice. Especially if you have been a bit too keen on the Harissa.
Wrap the streaky bacon around each piece of loin, put in an ovenproof dish and scatter the tomatoes around. Sprinkle a bit of olive oil and pop into the oven (grill mode) for 10 minutes max- More if cooking from frozen. The dish comes out with a lovely, spicy sauce and melting tomatoes, infused with all the flavours of the sea…
Enjoy the healthiest protein around with a clear conscience.