Smok’in fish and tatties

Photographer: Adam

This month being man month, I decided to go with a dish that can satisfy a man sized hunger while offering some additional health benefits to my fellow males out there. At home here in New Zealand, the month of September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. One way that may help to reduce the risk of this disease is to introduce more Omega fatty acids in our diets. Fatty fish like salmon and mackerel are a good source of these nutrients. Here is a simple dish with a great smoky flavour that can be thrown together in minutes.


300g smoked mackerel fillet (bones removed)
12 small new potatoes (if large just cut them down to size after boiling)
4 spring onions
½ tsp of fennel seeds
1 handful of dill
Crème fraiche
2 eggs
1 lemon
Olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste


1. Clean or peel (if not new) the potatoes. Place in a pot, cover completely with water, add salt and place on the boil until nearly cooked (soft but still firm and whole).
2. While the potatoes are boiling flake the mackerel fillet. Make sure all bones are removed. Set the flaked fish aside. Finely chop the spring onion.
3. Add a generous amount of olive oil to a large pan and put on the heat. Drain the water from the potatoes. Give them a good stir with a fork to rough up the outsides of the potatoes a little (this will make them crispier). Place the drained potatoes into the hot pan and leave to brown turning occasionally.
4. Get a large pot of water on the boil ready for the eggs to be poached in.
5. Once the potatoes are golden brown, add the spring onion and fennel seeds. At this point give all the potatoes a little squash with the back of a spoon so they soak up even more flavour. Fry for a further couple of minutes.
6. Poach your eggs, add the flaked fish to your potatoes and warm through, add the dill and mix gently.
7. Plate up 2 good sized portions of the fish and potato mixture. Drain your poached egg and place on top. Add a dollop of crème fraiche, a sprinkle of dill, a couple of twists of the pepper mill and a wedge of lemon.