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
Thanks for reading.
The crab shed