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Curried fish in yoghurt

This is a really terrific fish curry that I found in Guardian Weekend by Vivek Singh, via Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall.

Watch out for the chilli in this – the way I use chillies is to buy packs of non-descript chillies from Waitrose and then let them sit in a jar until I need to use them. Of course, while they’re sitting around they famously get very hot. I used one large one in this curry, no seeds, and it was fucking spicy. I mean, I don’t really mind because I’m rock hard like that (I was especially tough and cool when I GOT SOME IN MY EYE!!!).

But the thing is, because you’re not going to cook the chilli much here, you need to have a care for how hot your chilli might be whatever stage in its life it is and you might, perhaps, only put half in.

Anyway I really recommend this, it was delicious and doesn’t take long. Like all curry recipes, the ingredients list doesn’t seem to half go on for bloody ever, but it’s worth buying everything in if you don’t have it, especially the cinnamon sticks, which really make this extra yummy, in my opinion.

Even though I’ve always thought that cinnamon in curry is a bit gross, like fruit in leafy salads. But it’s nearly Christmas for god’s sake!!! You ought to have cinnamon sticks poking out of every drawer.

Curried fish in yoghurt
enough for 4

300g plain whole-milk yoghurt (I used Greek yoghurt, which was fine)
2 tsp grated fresh ginger
2 cloves garlic, grated
1 tsp ground turmeric
1/2 tsp chilli powder
salt and pepper
500g white fish – haddock or similar, cut into chunks
oil for frying
1 bay leaf
2 cardomom pods, squashed with the flat of a knife blade
1 cinnamon stick
3 cloves
1 large onion, or three tiny ones, chopped or finely sliced
chilli, de-seeded and chopped or sliced
Fresh coriander and black onion seeds to scatter over the top if you fancy although on reflection, what with my rodent issues, onion seeds look a lot like mouse poo. This did not occur to me last night as I was eating this, which is a good thing. Sorry I’ve really ruined the whole thing for you now.

1 Mix together the yoghurt, ginger, garlic, turmeric, chilli powder and large pinch of salt. Turn the fish out into the marinade and leave for 30 mins.

2 Heat the oil in a pan then add the bay leaf, cardomom, cinnamon and cloves. Cook these for 2-3 minutes until you can smell the cinnamon and cloves. Add the onion and chilli and turn the heat right down. Cook these, turning often, for 10 minutes (use a timer).

3 Add the fish and its marinade and cook for 10 minutes. Turn it once carefully during cooking as you don’t want to smash up the fish. Cooked yoghurt always ends up looking a bit grainy and gross, so don’t worry about that.

4 Add more salt if you think it needs it (it probably does) and then scatter over coriander and onion seeds if you want to.

In fact, with all these cinnamon and cloves it’s really quite a Christmassy dish.


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Christmas-spiced flapjacks

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Flapjacks are a great mid-morning snack that gives you lots of slow-release energy to help keep you full up until lunch. These flapjacks are really healthy as they contain no butter and if you use honey, only natural sugar. By adding some extra spices and dried cranberries, you can give your usual flapjacks a Christmas twist. The mixed seeds also give the flapjacks a nice crunch. You could make these tasty flapjacks as a quick and inexpensive Christmas food gift, or use them to give yourself fuel ready for Christmas shopping!

  • Makes: 16

  • Prep time: 15 mins

  • Cooking time: 20 mins

  • Total time: 35 mins

  • Skill level: Easy peasy

  • Costs: Mid-price

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Flapjacks keep really well. Once cut and cooled, store in a tin for up to two weeks.


  • 320g porridge oats
  • 80g mixed seeds (any combination of sesame, sunflower, pumpkin, hemp or linseeds)
  • 40g dried cranberries
  • 40g dried figs, chopped with scissors
  • 80g raisins
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp mixed spice
  • 100ml sunflower oil
  • 185ml honey or golden syrup


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/Fan 160°C/Gas Mark 4 and line a 20x25cm tin with greaseproof paper.
  2. Put all of the dry ingredients into a large bowl and mix well.
  3. Measure the sunflower oil and honey or golden syrup into a measuring jug. Warm in the microwave for 30 seconds before pouring over the dry ingredients. Stir well to combine.
  4. Pour the mixture into the tin and press down well, neatening off the edge if it doesn’t quite reach the end of the tin.
  5. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes until the oats are golden. Leave to cool in the tin before turning out and cutting into 16 squares.

By Jolene Lynch

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Nutritional information

Guideline Daily Amount for 2,000 calories per day are: 70g fat, 20g saturated fat, 90g sugar, 6g salt.

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