Roasted Sea Bass with Roasted Plantain and Mixed Peppers Sauce

So I had a weird craving for 805’s Monika fish – I say weird because I have actually never had it. All I’ve heard is that it’s really nice and very spicy. Later on, I remembered this really nice sea bass meal I had in a pub while on a project in Gloucester and then all I could think about was fish! I met up with V2 and we end up in front of the fresh fish counter in Waitrose. The sea bass was beautiful, fresh and looked very clean but it was £5 for 1. If you are being economical, look away. However, I couldn’t resist the fish and I left the counter with 2 – so did V2. I bought a few other things and left the shop elated. I was finally going to make my own Monika, though I had nothing to compare it to. Lol



Roasted Sea bass

  • 2 Sea bass, gutted, scaled and cleaned
  • 3 Bell peppers
  • Sliced Onions
  • Chopped scotch bonnet peppers
  • Seasoning (Fish Spice, Thyme, Basil, Maggi – I prefer Knorr but I only had Maggi)
  • Hot chilli pepper powder
  • Sunflower Oil

Roasted Plantain

  • 2 Plantains
  • Seasoning (Salt, Pepper, smoked paprika)

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  1. Chop your mixed bell peppers, scotch bonnet pepper and onions into a clean bowl
  2. Descale, gut and clean the fish if fish has not been cleaned and gutted.
  3. Make 2 – 3 diagonal slices on each side of the fish
  4. Season the fish (inside and outside) generously using fish spice, thyme, basil, Maggi and chilli powder. Use chilli powder according to heat tolerance.
  5. Place oil in a small bowl and season with Maggi, fish spice and chilli. Take a small portion of the chopped mixed pepper, dip in the seasoned oil and place inside the fish and in the slits on the side of the fish.
  6. Place the fish in a roasting oven dish, pour in the rest of the chopped bell peppers, scotch bonnet pepper and onions.
  7. Pour the rest of the seasoned oil all over the fish and mixed peppers.
  8. Sprinkle paprika, parsley and chilli powder on the top
  9. Place in the oven and grill for 50 – 55 mins
  10. Check regularly, flip the fish to ensure both sides are evenly roasted

The mixed peppers in the roasting dish can serve as a pepper sauce once ready.

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  1. Peel the plantains
  2. Make 2-3 diagonal slices on the side of each plantain
  3. Season lightly with salt, chilli powder and smoked paprika
  4. Place in the oven and grill for 45 – 50 mins
  5. Check regularly to see that it is roasted to desired level

Once ready, serve

H3 loved it and we were completely knocked out after eating. It definitely solved my craving as it had the right amount of pepper to seasoning ratio. Later on, we were talking about the price of products in Waitrose and remembered the “6 for £1, £1 fish guy” lol. I must say, that really put the Waitrose price into perspective.


Plantain Pancakes with Summer Berries

Madeleines & Macaroons are to France as Speculoos & Praline Cookies are to Belgium

Chocolate & Apfelküchlein are to Switzerland as Amaretti & Tiramisu, Gelato are to Italy

Spotted dick & Bread and butter pudding are to England as ____________are to Nigeria

Do Nigerians do desserts??? Of course we do, it might not be customary but we do desserts!!!! We have had this conversation so many times trying to convince people which is why we relished the challenge to come up with a dessert recipe for Afrolems Christmas Countdown… also helps that we love food, we love ethnic cuisine with a twist and we love Afrolems…. 🙂

We pondered for a bit on what we could make and then we thought Plantains!!!!!! Ripe Plantains are a starchy and sweet vegetable which can be used in savoury or sweet dishes so we thought it was the perfect main ingredient.

Plantain Pancakes served with summer berries Recipe
1 ripe plantain – mashed up
1 Cup of Plain Flour
2 egg
1 cup of milk
1.5  tsp of baking powder
2 Tbsp of Brown Sugar
A pinch of sea salt
Butter or oil for frying

Mash plantains in a bowl with a potato masher until puree
Add remaining ingredients and stir until fully combined
Heat skillet over medium-high heat, add oil.
Pour batter into the frying pan until your pancake is the desired size.
Cook for 2-3 minutes until each side is golden brown
Continue with remaining batter, adding oil to your pan as needed.
Serve with berries and cream or maple syrup or strawberry sauce or chocolate sauce or whatever you fancy really




In-law series: 2012 final edition

When H2’s sister and husband (BIL) are in town, H2 and I become the children…….. we meet up with them, go shopping with them, ooh and aahh at their purchases, carry the shopping bags and then end up in a good restaurant usually Royal China, eat, gist and let our ‘parents’ settle the bill. This mainly happens with H2’s sister, with BIL we skip the shopping and go straight to dinner.

Last week he was in town and we decided to take him out to dinner, act like adults, settle the bill et al…. then somewhere down the line we decided a meal at home was better seeing as he is in London without his family and had probably been eating out regularly anyway.

The plan was dinner at ours on Thursday evening at 7:30pm, I get back home from work at 7pm and as per usual H2 promised him 3 courses, my brain started working overtime….

……BIL is quite British; he was in boarding school in Bristol from the age of 6, stayed in the UK until his early 30s and then moved back to Nigeria.

My dilemma – Naija food or a good roast….

First Course: DVs creamy avocado prawns and plantain delight (

Everybody loves plantain and this dish is just delish, I started watching masterchef on and off recently since one of my friends mentioned that it’s all that she watches.  If Michel Roux Jr. asked me to make a classic dish, this is the dish that I would make, plantains are not in the least French but the creamy avocado prawns with the slight hint of garlic, prawns and lashings of butter and cream have the makings of a classic French dish me thinks.

BIL’s verdict: He said it was beautiful and he meant it J

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Main Course: Sweet potato, yam casserole with grilled smoked haddock (a fusion between Nigerian yam pottage (asaro) and a British potato casserole and a South American Smokey Sweet Potato Soufflé)

BIL did not want rice so I decided to make my special asaro J

BIL’s verdict: he said he loved fish, didn’t really comment on the casserole but his plate was empty and H2 assured me that it was lovely and H2 doesn’t fib to massage my ego.


Dessert: Apple crumble and custard

This was a risky choice because I thought he would either love it or be sick of it from his boarding school days.

I didn’t try to do superwoman, I picked up the crumble and custard from Waitrose, I even bought the essential brand.

BIL’s verdict: he was in heaven; he even did a little dance for us. Apparently he loves apple crumble… clearly I was in the Spirit!

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