It’s been a good while since my travels have taken me to the Emerald Isle. Not for the want of trying mind, but on each occasion that I’ve actually managed to set foot in the country of Carragheen, it’s been away to the east, in the streets of Temple Bar or the hills of Co… Read More Wild About Oysters
Excuse the pun, but when it comes to fish that hold spice well, there’s only one denizen of our seas that springs to mind for me, time after time. I’ve eaten monk or anglerfish or Lophius piscatorius to give it’s more accurate monikor , in all corners of the country and I hasten to add, this… Read More A Bit of a Habit
Having just been engaged by the Shellfish Association of Great Britain, to head up a two year project to impress upon the UK consumer the need to significantly up their consumption of the sustainable crustacea and molluscs that are harvested from our waters, you can probably imagine that right now, I’ve transcended to a new… Read More “Alive, alive oh…..”
I’ve wanted to visit the Lakes for most of my life. Ever since I first followed the squirrels’ journey to Owl Island and the fate of the poor, hapless Nutkin, the images of the mist shrouded waters, margins draped with dense, enveloping oaken foliage, has niggled away at me, instilling a desire to explore a… Read More Re-potting History.
I can’t quite believe August is upon us. Not a great summer thus far, to be sure. Already the evenings have an autumnal lick about them and our magnificent Suffolk skies, tower and brood with alternate gatherings of seasonal cumulus and rain-heralding cumulonimbus, in between bursts of warmth and lashing precipitation over a sodden and… Read More Canapé cravings
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.
With inshore fishermen from Cromer to Cadgwith now fully engaged in the 2017 summer lobster season, there’s literally no reason why, with increasing local availability, and thanks to the sterling conservation work done by the National Lobster Hatchery, UK consumers shouldn’t indulge themselves and sample the unique flavour of this sustainable, ubiquitous and iconic crustacean. Recipes… Read More Smokin’…..!
Last Saturday proved memorable. I fully expect to get excited at the merest hint of fresh shellfish, but when the courier cheerily announced that I had a delivery from “Coast and Glen”, I can’t tell you how big a smile erupted. I’m pretty familiar, admittedly, to polystyrene cartons arriving, usually bound in tape or shrink-wrapped and… Read More A Crustacean Celebration
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’ve often spoken of the dangers that our fishermen face at sea (and on land) in their timeless pursuit of wild seafood. Indeed, with an unprecedented nine lives being tragically lost in the first half of 2016 alone (Seafish) and more life-changing accidents being recorded than the Alaskan Crab fishery, so graphically portrayed in the… Read More True Grit