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
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!
I’m a huge fan of collaboration. It just works, time after time and none more so then when writing about food. When I read, the simply inspirational, Rachel Kelly’s hugely informative and fascinating article in last week’s Sunday Times, I knew straight away, literally after the first two paragraphs, I’d unearthed yet another kindred spirit,… Read More Food For Your Mood.
Leaving Yuletide festivities of Epicurean proportions in my wake, I always find myself approaching the terminus of yet another year, with an overwhelming desire to reflect, push on through and start afresh. The doldrums of the season can often seem a little exasperating and although having achieved much over the past twelve months, as soon… Read More Hale and Hearty
The last couple of months have been really rather self-indulgent for me. The remnants of a particularly glorious and assuaging “lobster” summer, devoted mostly to the pursuit of my favourite crustacean, has latterly given way to an autumnal surfeit of oysters, (if you can ever have such a thing) and one that I’ve relished every… Read More Sublime in Soho
Along the South coast of the UK right now and in particular, betwixt Portland and Start Point, an annual phenomenon is occurring. An inshore explosion of abundant seafood, that although increasingly important and vital to the local coastal economies of Dorset, Devon and Cornwall, rarely breaks the news in the markets, fishmongers and kitchens of… Read More Cuttles
Over the recent weeks whilst I’ve been “living the dream” and pursuing my desire to revisit the watery haunts of my youth, hunting our native lobsters, I’ve encountered quite a diversity of bycatch in my pots, which is always heartening to see and especially more so, when it’s edible. On my first outings back in… Read More Pure Velvet
I’m lucky that being a foodie, I know a few chefs. I’ve met and eaten with some incredible talent over the years, but having a good mate with a reputation in the Suffolk dining scene that goes unsurpassed, is incredibly fortunate. Even more so, when the gift of preparing locally-sourced ingredients and developing them into… Read More Serious About Seafood