Grilled sea bass with creamy mashed potato and watercress pesto

I had this in a restaurant and was determined to recreate it; they did it with wilted spinach but you can use any delicate green vegetables that are in season, I used samphire.
Serves: 2 • Prep time: 15 mins • Cook time: 30 mins • Easy
  • 3 large potatoes, peeled and quartered
  • 100g butter
  • large splash of whole milk
  • sea salt
  • 2 sea bass fillets, skin on
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • Any green vegetables, lightly cooked
  • 4 teaspoons of watercress pesto
Make the mashed potato by boiling the potatoes until you can stick a knife through them easily, drain well then mash until creamy, with the butter, milk and salt. I always use a pressure cooker to 'boil' potatoes, it's faster, uses less electricity/gas and more of the nutrients remain.

Meanwhile brush the sea bass with olive oil and grill skin-side first. They don't take long, only about 6-7 mins so time it to coincide with the mash being done.

Serve with steamed green vegetables and the watercress pesto.
Nutrition info
Potatoes are wrongly slated by nutrition fashionistas. They have plenty going for them, as well as being incredibly delicious!

Their biggest claim to fame is their vitamin B6, which is used throughout the body for cell formation, and that's a pretty big task. B6 is also a key player in nerve and brain function, as well as gene expression. Spuds are also pretty rich in vitamin C, which isn't only good for immunity but plays a strong part in forming and maintaining healthy connective tissue and skin.

Forget the fads, get happy and healthy with a real-food diet!

“Spying a heavy growth of watercress on the bank of a wet meadow, Amelia went to examine it. Grasping a bunch, she pulled until the delicate stems snapped. “Watercress is plentiful here, isn’t it? I’ve heard it can be made into a fine salad or sauce.” “It’s also a medicinal herb. The Rom call it panishok.  it’s a powerful love tonic. For women, especially.” “A what?” The delicate greenery fell from her nerveless fingers. “If a man wishes to reawaken his lover’s interest, he feeds her watercress. It’s a stimulant of the—” “Don’t tell me! Don’t!” Rohan laughed, a mocking gleam in his eyes.”
Lisa Kleypas, Mine til Midnight
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