Thursday, 24 March 2011

Smoked Mackerel with Couscous Salad

Never underestimate the sophistication of a child's palate. Now obviously most kids would be happy to live on a diet of cheese, bread and potato, but trying new things can also be a fun and exciting adventure. Anyway, I learnt a lesson in this when I discovered that, at about the age of 18 months, Toby loved smoked fish. As in, he will peel the skin off and eat it whilst licking his lips. Can't get enough of it. So it taught me to always offer him new things to try, even if he has turned it down in the past, and never think that something is "too grown up for him".
So here's a lovely fresh, summery, smoked mackerel dish that's great for lunch or dinner. Simply warm the mackerel fillets under the grill, whilst preparing a simple couscous salad:

Cook the couscous according to packet instructions-it literally takes 5 minutes so is super speedy. You'll need approximately 50g per person. Leave to cool, then add some chopped fresh parsley, the juice from half a lemon, some salt and pepper, and a good glug of extra virgin olive oil.
I added salad leaves to mine, along with some cucumber and tomatoes. For Toby, I omitted the salad leaves (he still can't get his head around salad..) and served the cucumber and tomato alongside. This was actually the first time I got him to eat raw tomato, so in my sad little way it's been a productive day already!

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