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
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
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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Twenty two years ago, lifelong fisherman Edwin (Eddy) Derriman MBE, had a vision. The industry in Devon and Cornwall were faced with the galling reality, that lobster stocks in the South West fisheries were in decline and being continuously exposed to increased effort from both commercial and recreational sectors. This depletion in numbers of adult fish,… Read More A Night to Remember.
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
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