These small cod bites have all the crispy, moreish appeal of popcorn. Kids can help out with many of the steps, from whisking the batter to mixing the salad

Method
1.
First, prepare the batter for the cod. Add the flour and baking powder to a bowl, pour in the milk and whisk to form a thick pancake-like batter. If too thick, add a little milk to loosen
Room for a little one
Whisking the batter is a task that kids will excel at; just lend a hand to ensure they measure out the ingredients correctly before they start
2.
Fold in the diced cod, shallots and spring onions. Season with salt and pepper and set aside
3.
To prepare the salad, rinse and scrub the potatoes. Use an apple corer to punch out cylinders in the potatoes
4.
Bring a large pan of salted water to the boil. Add the potato cylinders and simmer over a medium heat until almost cooked, approximately 15 minutes
5.
Once cooked, use a slotted spoon to gently remove the potatoes from the water, transfer to a container or salad bowl and set aside
6.
Heat a deep-fat fryer to 150°C. Alternatively, fill a deep saucepan with oil to a third of the way up. Caution: hot oil can be dangerous
7.
Use a teaspoon to carefully drop pieces of the cod mixture into the hot oil. Fry until golden for about 3-4 minutes
8.
Remove the cod popcorn carefully with a slotted spoon. Drain on kitchen towel
9.
Meanwhile, combine the cucumber ribbons and potatoes in a large bowl. In a small bowl, mix the buttermilk, mayonnaise and chives and spoon into the bowl with the potatoes and cucumber
Back to school
Buttermilk is traditionally what is leftover when churning butter from cream. It is used to make soda bread and is often used in batters
10.
Divide the cod popcorn onto plates and serve alongside the cucumber and potato salad
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Ingredients

Cod popcorn

  • 150g of plain flour
  • 2 1/2 tsp of baking powder
  • 125ml of milk
  • 200g of cod fillet, boneless, cut into 1cm cubes
  • 2 shallots, chopped
  • 2 spring onions, chopped
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1 pinch of black pepper
  • 1l of vegetable oil

Potato and cucumber salad

Equipment

  1. Apple corer
  2. Deep fat fryer

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Nutrition (per Portion)

Calories

627
31%

Sugars

8g
9%

Fat

19g
27%

Saturates

2g
10%

Salt

1061mg
18%
of an adult's guideline daily amount
A light recipe that combines crispy cod bites with a fresh cucumber and potato salad


 
 
 
 
 
 
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