first came into existence back in May 2000. Seems a
long time ago now!
then the internet was a very different place with much
more of an amateur feel to it. In a lot of ways it was
a pleasanter and more friendly place to hang out. For
those of us interested in food and cooking it was a
great opportunity to chat and share ideas with people
living in other parts of the world.
was also a time when everyone involved in cooking, whether
they were just a keen amateur, a busy mum, a grandmother
with a lifetime of kitchen experience or a professional
chef just starting a career in the kitchen or one who
was an old hand working at the stove, was happy to share
recipes so others could enjoy them.
information is still available for some of the recipes
but a lot of the details of who contributed the recipe,
or the history of the recipe, have either become blurred,
irrelevant or disappeared over the years but the recipes
are still worthwhile either in their own right or for
the inspiration they might give.
recipe for Fried Sprats was sent in by Steve Fletcher
from London. Why don't you follow Steve's example and
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are one of the cheapest fish in the market, currently
at £2.50 a kilo. Obviously choose those with bright
eyes and a fresh look".
Salt and pepper
to make Fried Sprats
the sprats under cold water and pat dry with kitchen
a sprat on a chopping board and with a sharp knife
cut just behind the head and drag the guts out at
the same time.
a few tablespoons of flour in a clean plastic bag
(a supermarket carrier bag will do - but with no
holes) and add a teaspoon of salt and pepper.
Put the sprats in the bag and shake roughly until
sprats are coated with flour.
some butter in a large frying pan and put in just
enough sprats to cover the bottom.
on a medium heat for about two minutes on each side.
Do not fry on too high heat - it will stink out your
with lemon juice and serve.
the tastiest fish ever!