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I've not always liked fish, but because i'm trying to get healthier, I have a new found love for it as it contains so many good oils and proteins. A big lover of haddock, i was shocked to discover that it was now £4 for 2 fillets in my local tesco. As a student on a reasonably tight budget, i had a good look at the fish isle and discovered a similar looking fish called 'River Cobbler'. At £2 for 2 filletts, it was half the price of the haddock and looked similar in thickness and size.
I cooked it the same day, dipping it into a small amount of salt, frying in a teaspoon of oil and serving with a small salad. Although it's not quite as tasty, meaty or filling as my usual Haddock, it was great for the price and seemed value. River cobbler doesn't have your average fishy smell and smells quite honestly of not alot. The taste is slightly fishy and not much else. To be honest it's quite bland, which is why I tried Tesco's the smoked River Cobbler. Although slightly offputting with its bright yellow appearence, it did actually taste lovely, but it didn't have a fishy taste about it and tasted somewhat artificial. The texture is nice - easily chewable but not mushy, and there are no bones. A few weeks passed and I tried it again. This time, i cooked it in the slow cooker with onion, garlic, ginger, oil and chillies. It was lovely, with the fish soaking up every last drop of flavour. Although the flavour wasn't as strong as i'd of liked, it was still an enjoyable dish and extremely an extremely cheap meal. It can also be cut into slices and rolled in flour and made into homemade fish fingers which are so much more healthier than shop bought ones and they taste quite nice as long as you season them.
I'd reccomend this to anyone who loves fish but doesn't like the taste or smell to be too fishy, or anyone who's on a budget and can't buy there usual cod or haddock.
Not a fish lover at all.....yuck!! Good review though : ) Nic xx
savvyshopper6476 05.09.2011 12:22
Yuk! It's bright yellow because of the artificial smoked flavouring, if it was naturally smoked it would never be this colour thats the first thing that puts me off the second thing is when I tried this I thought it had the consistency of rubber. Never again x