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Wednesday, 11 March 2020

Fish Finger Sandwiches (with Piccalilli)

In response to a comment about fish fingers I made recently on his post about home-made oven chips, the usually infallible Mr. YP said he thought only small children ate fish fingers. Well, wrong! Those of us who remain eternally young at heart still do, a favourite from my teenage years, staple Friday night fare ready on returning home for the weekend from my digs in Leeds after leaving school.

I have never blogged a recipe (unless you count Dill in Mustard Sauce), but if Debra Who Seeks can do it for the first time in twelve years then so can I for the first time in six, as we would appear to share similar gastronomic preferences. So here is: Fish Finger Sandwiches (with Piccalilli).

Fish Fingers

Put the fish fingers straight from the packet on to a tray and grill for about 15 minutes, turning once or twice. In the meantime, cut and butter the bread.

Sliced Bread

Buttered Bread

When the fish fingers are done, put them on to the bread. As it is important to have a balanced diet with plenty of vegetables, spread with piccalilli. Assemble the sandwiches. Don’t worry if it looks a bit messy, it will get much worse once you begin to eat them, and so will you. It might help to have a couple of tissues handy. Those plastic bib-trays that toddlers and geriatrics hang round their necks are also useful.

Fish Finger Sandwiches with Piccalilli

Fish Finger Sandwiches with Piccalilli

If you are one of those obsessives who consumes excess vegetables with every meal then you could try Mrs. D’s less messy variation in which the fish fingers are placed on a bed of sliced radishes with mayonnaise. Keep one fish finger spare so you can cut a square for the cat (who, preferably, will have its own plate).

Fish Finger Sandwiches with Vegetables and Mayonnaise

For pudding (no, not him again), three satsuma oranges are a perfect complement, although the more discerning might wish to try Newcastle Brown 99, another of my original Leeds-era recipes (bite a chunk of Cadburys Flake, take a swig of Newcastle Brown straight from the bottle and mix in the mouth).

40 comments:

  1. Tomato sauce, though do like mayonnaise with sprouted beans occasionally. Always extra one for Lucy the dog, who also adores her vegetables raw and crunchy.

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    1. I hope by "tomato sauce" you mean what is called ketchup on the bottle. We have an ongoing disagreement in our house as to whether it is called tomato sauce or ketchup. Being Northern I call it sauce of course. "Ketchup" sounds like some nasty American thing.

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  2. Good God, two posts in two days, this is getting a bit regular Tasker, you need to watch out or you are going to be just like the rest of us, and you mentioned food and piccalilli on my blog last night, which incidentally was nothing but incidentally about food, but one has to wonder, had the seed already been sown for the fish finger and piccallili post this morning or vice versa?

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    1. I'll need at least a week's rest now. Vice versa. The photographs are from last week.

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    2. I eat fish fingers but the only way to eat them is with Heinz tomato ketchup, Birds Eye peas, and a round of bread and butter, white of course.

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  3. Piccalilli - haven't thought of it or tasted it in years - want some right now so when i go out I shall buy some. I shall also try fish finger sandwiches - or maybe piccalilli sandwiches with the odd fish finger here and there. No dog or cat so an extra couple for me. Thanks for the reminder.

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    1. Mine are very near to being piccalilli sandwaiches. After you spread it you get to lick the knife. Don't get the wrong brand. Some are not as nice.

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  4. Will you post a recipe for chip butties next?
    I like fish fingers but have not eaten any in donkey's years. Picallilli I've never tried; it is hard to come by in Germany, and somehow I never get round to having it when I am in Yorkshire. Well, that's something for my bucket list for when I next come over in June.

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    1. I'm done with food posts. I might do sweets though. I bet you have no idea about penny spanish and kayli.

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    2. You are right, neither means anything to me.

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  5. I am honoured to serve as an inspiration to you, LOL! And those fish finger sandwiches look GOOD! We call them fish sticks here in Canada. I ate a lot of them when I was a kid.

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  6. Librarian_ you'll find plenty of Picallilli in any Dutch supermarket
    Having said that, fish fingers are harder to find. Though why anybody'd bother is unclear since there's an abundance of chips with pindasaus on every corner...

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    1. Pindasaus? Is it one of Heinz 57 varieties?

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    2. Thanks for the tip, SmitoniousAndSonata, but I am too far away from Holland to get to any Dutch supermarket anytime soon :-)
      Fish fingers are a basic stock item at every Aldi and other supermarkets here in Germany.

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  7. P.S. the ad at the bottom is for a liposuction clinic!

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    1. I allow ads for the reasons explained in the link immediately above the one on the right. There's still a very long way to go before I ask for charity suggestions though. I still can't fathom the algorithm. The ad keeps changing on this post - I must have managed to confuse it.

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  8. Good grief. Haven't had fish fingers for almost 50 years now.
    Your dessert suggestion sounds pretty horrible to me, but then I am a female so I would probably just have the 99 without the Newcastle Brown.

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  9. I love how you set one aside for the cat. I do the same thing.

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  10. It's surprising that you recommend satsumas for dessert and not "Instant Whip" or "Angel Delight". You should have your own cooking programme - "Yorkshire's Answer to Jamie Oliver". Perhaps you can include "Crunchy Nut Cornflakes with Milk" or "Saugage Rolls from The Co-op".

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    1. But they are all pre-prepared. This is a recipe because you have to make it yourself. You can't buy ready made fish finger sandwiches with piccalilli, not even from the Co-op (I bet you can pronounce Co-op properly). You remind me though, I have blogged about Angel Delight and Vesta packet meals before. Crunchy Nut Cornflakes are disgusting. I'll have you know I've had three Shredded Wheat for breakfast almost every day for fifty years.

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    2. Yes I can pronounce Co-op properly - as in chicken co-op. Are they mini-Shredded Wheats?

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    3. Sometimes I wonder if you really are from Yorkshire or just an imposter.

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    4. Nobody could be more Yorkshire than me. All my grandparents were Yorkshire born and bred, all my great grandparents and my parents too. Mum was born in the West Riding. Dad was born in The North Riding and I was born in The East Riding.

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    5. Then you should know it's pronounced "corp" or "cawp" as in "Ah'm just off out to t'corp."

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    6. That may be the case in The West Riding.

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    1. In The East Riding it's Coe (as in Sebastian Coe) and Op as in hospital operation. Coe-Op.

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  12. I am just finishing "Let's not go to the dogs tonight." Probably on your recommendation. There is a long section on proper people not cement mixing in their mouths. A bite of sandwich, a swig of Coke and mix, mix, mix.

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    1. I've not heard of the book but having just looked it up it sounds good. Cement mixing should only be done in private. I've also heard it called "bendix" like looking into a front loading washing machine.

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  13. Now that looks like proper bread - none of those flat, square slices. Add a few chips is good too. Maybe a soupcon of mayo...

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    1. They fit better on the flat white squares but now you're making it too complicated. You mistake me for some kind of cordon-bleu chef.

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  14. My word, Tasker, you know how to live!

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  15. I like a bit of fish finger, me. Not piccalilli though. Got to be tomato sauce.

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    1. So long as you mean what Heinz now term "ketchup" on the bottle - horrible word - I still call it tomato sauce.

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