Winter has well and truly arrived at the crab shed. We have been blessed with the most beautiful of weeks of clear skies and freezing cold air!
Seafood may not be the first thing you think of when you want to hunk down for the winter. Rather we opt for the bowl of chicken stew or a pie… the type that you find in a cosy little pub nestled in a country lane, all washed down with a couple of pints of ale… not seafood!
So you maybe surprised that actually the very same is achievable with seafood albeit the ale. Our bouillabaisse is one of our most popular dishes. A deep homemade crab bisque is the base for Cornish mussels, sticky scallops, prawns and the fish of the day. It all amounts to a hearty feast. Especially when some of our rouille is stirred into it with a little Parmesan.
We have been adding to these comforting plates with such things as hot shellfish with white beans and crusty bread… literally warming your cockles!
Crab this time of year is also especially good. They have been feeding all summer and autumn and now are heavy and very tasty. As too are the spider crab.
As winter marches on even further and the day light is almost undetectable, the fish of the deep become quite solitary.
Big fish like pollock, cod, turbot, bass, grey mullet are all to be caught from the coast and the beaches.
We will certainly be taking advantage of that at the crab shed soon.
But as we are in the winter months we do look forward to the warmer months. In doing so we have been throwing a few ideas around that you, dear reader might find of interest.
We will be resuming our cooking classes in the new year. ( see the website for details.) we have more local schools to teach about fish and we will be having a bbq on our terrace with live acoustic music.
See the website for details of other exciting events coming to the crab shed.
Song of the week: lost horizons, bones
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The crab shed
It’s been a busy few days for us here at the crab shed. It was national seafood week this week elevating the importance of seafood in our diet and at the same time being aware of the danger our seas are in. Not just over fishing but pollution too.
On our menu we have been adding extra fishy meals for one day, each day of the week.
The highlight for us and for all included was the visit of one of our local primary schools.
We coordinated with our suppliers and producers who very kindly donated various boxes of veg, fish and ice creams!
We had the privilege of having gus from fish is the dish. A fisherman in his own right and a very knowledgeable guy. He covered everything from lobster and crab pots to safety for fishermen.
Our aim I think was to prove a point. Our kids need to understand what food is. What real cookery is. Where our food comes from. Most importantly to prove that there is a massive gaping hole in the educational system that needs filling.
Learning to cook decent, healthy food. How to prepare food. How to use a sharp knife. These are the single most important life skills that all of us should learn. Food is the only thing that keeps us alive… we might as well be good at it.
Having the basics in place for our children will ensure they live a better more healthy life.
When the kids came in we asked who of them liked fish. About 4 of them didn’t like it and one had never tried it. By the time they had left we asked them the same question. After having had a tour of the quay and then making there own breaded hake and seeing and feeling all the species of fish we could get our hands on; all of them loved it. They enjoyed it. They showed massive interest in the cooking. And why shouldn’t they? Cooking should be natural to all of us. But it does need to be taught. And more than they are at the moment. We even covered veg too. Again they loved the fact that all this amazing colourful food is on our doorstep.
I will shame the big supermarkets and advertisers that make us all believe that we don’t have the time to cook. It’s irresponsible. It’s wrong and it needs addressing.
We proved it in our little restaurant With a bunch of kids. What’s the saying? “You are what you eat”. So true. So therefore can we apply that to our children and us as parents?
If we are flooded with images of rubbish food appearing to look healthy and “fun” then I think we know the outcome. And we have a problem.
We will continue our mini revolution I hope with more local schools. From tiny acorns and all that…
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Song of the week: Liam Gallagher. Universal gleam
Viva la fish