April 6, 2011

Beer Battered Fish and Homemade Coleslaw

Oh yum - fish and chips. I went our for fish and chips last week, and I was extremely disappointed. I decided to take a stab at making my own beer battered fish. The only thing that sucks about frying fish at home, is all the left over oil. I never know what to do with it - seems like such a waste. 

Now, you can't have fish and chips without the coleslaw. I tried to recreate a coleslaw recipe from Red Fish Blue Fish in Victoria BC. This is my favorite spot to get fish and chips. They also make an amazing fish chowder. We ordered a huge pot for our wedding rehearsal, and it was such a hit. 

I also made french fries. Let me rephrase that, I took fries out of the bag and baked them. I know, not that exciting. There is only so much deep fat frying a girl can do in one day.

I started boot camp on Monday, and it is awesome. I am so sore and can barely walk, but it feels great. My ass is going to look so great for our trip (4 weeks until I put on a bikini - yikes). There's only one problem with boot camp. When I wake up at 6:00 a.m. I feel like puking, and no mom, I'm not pregnant. Six o'clock in the morning is such an ungodly hour. Come on, the sun isn't even up at that hour. On a more positive note, the feeling is slowly starting to disappear.

Obviously, I still have to take a nap when I get home. Which makes me wonder what I am going to do when if I get a job. I've been on a wacky sleep schedule for the last year or so, going to bed at 1:00 am and waking up at 9:00 am. Waking up at 6:00 am just seems so unnatural, kinda like childbirth ;)

We now have new travel plans, and they are FINAL. No more wishy washy. We will be spending one week in Peru and two weeks at the Galapagos. I am SO excited. Me and hubby are going to have to get an awesome underwater camera!


2 cups vegetable oil
4 fillets of cod, halibut, or sole
3/4 cup flour
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp dry mustard powder
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1 beaten egg
1/2 cup beer 


1. In a large pot, wok, or deep fryer, heat the vegetable oil on medium heat. While the oil is heating, wash the fish fillets and place to the side. 

2. Combine all of the dry ingredients in a bowl. Whisk in the beaten egg. Then, slowly add the beer while continuing to whisk. Place the fish into the batter and let sit for 5 minutes. Cook in the hot oil until brown on each side, turning only once {approximately 2 -3 minutes on each side}.


1/2 head green cabbage, sliced
1 red pepper, slices
2 carrots, slivered
2 tsp salt
1 tsp black pepper
1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
1/4 cup sesame oil
2 tbsp honey
couple of squirts of Tabasco sauce
2 tbsp sesame seeds


1. Slice the cabbage, pepper, and carrots and place in a salad bowl. Mix the remaining ingredients (minus sesame seeds) in a bowl, then pour over the salad. Then, mix in the sesame seeds.


  1. I've just discovered your site, and everything looks delicious!!!! your challenge is very cool!!!!!...and your recipes too!!!!

  2. A year ago, my husband and I honeymooned in Victoria B.C. and went to Red Fish Blue Fish multiple times. I'm excited to bring the taste back home. Thank you!