In Moonraker (1955), having narrowly escaped death when a portion of the white cliffs near Dover almost fell on top of them as they lay on the beach, James Bond and Gala Brand head to the Granville hotel in St Margaret’s Bay for several restorative brandies-and-soda, followed by delicious fried soles and Welsh rarebit. The fish is typically Dover sole, but other types, such as lemon sole, make acceptable (and cheaper) alternatives.
- 2 fillets, skin removed, from 1 Dover sole
- c. 2 tbsp seasoned flour
- Vegetable and butter for frying
- Lemon wedges
- Sprigs of parsley
Place a frying pan over a high heat. Coat the base of a frying pan with the oil and add a knob of butter. As the oil and butter are heating up, dust both sides of a fillet with the flour; give the fish a gentle shake to remove excess flour. Lay the fillet in the pan (I’m assuming your pan won’t be large enough for both fillets) and fry for c. 3-4 minutes on each side. Transfer the fish to a plate and keep it warm. Top up the oil and butter and dust and fry the second fillet. When serving, garnish the fish with a couple of wedges of lemon and a sprig or two of parsley.