INGREDIENTS:

Fish

  • 500 grams of trimmed cod cheeks
  • 200 grams of plain flour
  • 150ml Lamb and Watt tonic water
  • 50ml of Liverpool Gin
  • Pinch of salt
  • 17 grams of fresh yeast (or 7 grams of dried yeast)
  • 15 grams of coriander seeds
  • 5 grams of juniper berries
  • Peel of 1 lemon (dried out)
  • Vegetable oil for deep frying

Chips

  • 1 kg Maris Piper potatoes, peeled and cut into chips (approx. 2 × 2 × 6cm)
  • Groundnut oil for deep frying
  • Sea salt

METHOD:

  • Place the coriander seeds into a small pan and toast in the oven for 10 minutes on 160oc, pound with a pestle and mortar with the dried lemon zest and the juniper berries and crush to a powder.
  • Dissolve the fresh yeast with the salt and the tonic water. Whisk in the flour, the crushed botanicals and leave in a covered bowl in a warm area (ideally above an oven to ferment). The batter will begin to bubble and exude the aromas from the botanicals and yeast.
  • Place the cut chips into a bowl under running water for five minutes to wash the starch off.
  • Place 2kg cold water in a large saucepan and add the potatoes. Place the pan over a medium heat and simmer until the chips are almost falling apart (approximately 20 to 30 minutes).
  • Carefully remove the cooked chips and place them on a cooling rack to dry out. Place in the freezer for at least one hour to remove more moisture.
  • Heat a deep-fat fryer or a deep pan no more than half filled with oil (to a depth of around 10 centimetres) to 130ºc.
  • Fry the chips in small batches until a light crust forms (approximately five minutes), remove from the oil and drain on kitchen paper.
  • Put the potatoes on a cooling rack and place in the freezer for at least one more hour.
  • Heat the vegetable oil to 170oc. Coat the cheeks in the batter and deep fry until golden brown and crisp, about 3-4 minutes. Remove the G&T battered cod with a slotted spoon and drain on kitchen paper.
  • Meanwhile heat the oil in the deep-fat fryer or deep pan to 180ºC and fry the chips until golden (approximately seven minutes).Drain and sprinkle with sea salt.
  • Serve with crushed peas and tartar sauce. Pair with Liverpool Gin and Lamb & Watt Tonic.