Ever since I first visited the Scottish ‘prawn’ trawl fishery in Peterhead, I’ve been fascinated by langoustines. How can such an iconic, home-caught and sustainable shellfish species, be surrendered so readily to our export markets? Such flavour, such provenance and such nutrition. Yet another shining example of a fish that is embraced so feverishly by… Read More The Tail of the Langoustine
Last weekend it was that time of year again. I remember writing about the Aldeburgh Food and Drink Festival a few years ago, shortly after I started blogging. I recall that I fondly wrote of light winds and clearing skies and that special autumnal nuance that accompanies those shortening September days. This year has again… Read More Eating Wildly and Well….
It’s been a while since I last posted, I know. The passion is there like never before, but just being channelled into so many new and exciting areas, meaning the poor old Avocet hasn’t been fed lately and I must hang my head and put my hand up. Nonetheless, in the midst of all this… Read More The Fish that made History
Summer is well and truly upon us now and the native lobster season in full swing, with reports of good fishing around the coasts of the UK and with the numbers of juvenile fish in great abundance, which bodes incredibly well for future years. Down in Cornwall, the inshore potting fleet based in Newlyn, have… Read More Lobster love from Port Isaac.
Since I’ve been writing, I’ve come across a few like-minded souls who, to use the old phrase are “coming off the same page” as me. Promoting seafood is one thing and the industry surrounding it is massive, but trying to forge the link between the consumer and the guys who catch, is really something else… Read More Crab Stock and 2 Smoking Lobsters
Ever since I was a small boy and scrambled about on weedy, slippery and enbarnacled skin-chaffing rocks at low tide, I’ve met this time of year with huge anticipation. Back in those days my father and I would hope for a good Sou’westerly blow for about a week before a low Spring tide and if… Read More First of the Season
The awe-inspiring shoreline of NE Yorkshire traces a majestic sweep from Spurn Point at the mouth of the Humber, North past Flamborough Head and along the stunning strands and beaches that lie tucked into the foot of the dominating Jurassic chalk cliffs, so typical of this part of the UK’s North Sea coast. Shaped over… Read More Fighting for the Future in Filey
Visitors to my blog will be well aware of my penchant for endorsing, promoting and eulogising about the diversity and exceptional quality of UK seafood. However, that doesn’t mean that I don’t recognise other equally important and internationally-acclaimed products that are worthy of note, tell a story of utmost provenance and sustainability and are absolutely… Read More The Skrei Story
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This month at Randall and Aubin in Soho, Chef Patron Ed Baines, inspired by the sights he saw up in Peterhead, has embraced the traceability and provenance of the resurgent North Sea cod and decided to showcase its unique flavour and texture, with these incredibly delicious dishes, which simply have to be sampled to be believed. If… Read More Cod-tastic!