I probably should have taken the best fish guide to my local fish shop, because I have trouble remembering what’s good and what’s not. I do know that my local has been known to sell the most endangered orange roughy, and when I challenged them about it they told me it came ‘out of the freezer,’ not the sea at all. Hmm. Anyway, hapuka has a borderline status but it is delicious — thick and juicy. I promise to get trevally or tarakihi next time!
The best thing about coming up to christmas is the brief appearance of jersey benne potatoes. Mine were walnut-sized and I sprinkled them with liberal amounts of olive oil, fresh herbs, salt and pepper. My son, who normally only eats potatoes in chip form, declared he loved these.