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
Twice this year, I’ve rolled along the Wild Atlantic Way down to Galway City and twice I’ve been enchanted and captivated by an innate passion and sense of identity, that is not only infectious, but very hard not to be totally consumed by. Irish hospitality is, of course, legendary and comes with a charm and… Read More Food on the Edge
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
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…..”
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.
Well, its official. According to my reliable and knowledgable sources on the East coast, the lobsters are now “on the crawl” to use local fisherman parlance. It’s been a relatively slow start this year though; lower than normal water temperatures persisting into the Spring have meant more protracted landings of both crab and lobster here,… Read More Spice-up your June!
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
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’…..!
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