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spanish xmas dinner

Do Christmas Dinner Spanish Style

🎄When to Eat? To do Christmas dinner Spanish style, you eat on Christmas Eve unlike here in the UK where we traditionally eat in the middle of Christmas day. 🎄A Bit of Family History At my parent’s house, we ate at 1:00 pm prompt. Overcooked dry turkey, soggy bitter whole […]

12 grapes for Xmas

12 Grapes for New Year: A Spanish Tradition

Lucky Grapes Eating 12 grapes at midnight on New Year’s Eve is the traditional way to welcome the New Year in Spain. The grapes are considered lucky las doce uvas de la suerte (“the 12 lucky grapes”). They have to be eaten one at a time with each of the […]

La Tasca tapas spread

My Favourite Tapas Recipes

Putting on a Tapas Spread? Putting on a tapas spread? These easy to make tapas recipes are my favourites. The tapas-style of eating has undergone a bit of a revolution here in the UK in recent years. We have had some excellent restaurants serving tapas for many years but they […]


What You Need to Know About Leeks

Well, what do you need to know about leeks? Leeks are a member of the onion family. The Roman Empire grew them for their more refined flavour than the stronger onion. Nero Apparently, Emperor Nero was partial to them as he believed they would improve his voice. He ate so […]

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Catch It and Cook It

Sea fishing and cooking are my two passions in life. Share my experiences of catching fish around the south coast of the UK and cooking them to share with my friends and family over the dinner table.

common whelks

Catch It and Cook It – Whelks

Many of us have fond memories of visiting the seaside and buying some seafood from a stall. You then douse it in white pepper and vinegar and enjoy the taste of freshly caught and cooked shellfish. You taste prawns, mussels, cockles, winkles and for the brave souls among us whelks.

spider crab

Catch It and Cook It – Spider Crab

As a rod and line angler, the majority of crabs I catch from the shore are spider crabs. Found in huge numbers just offshore during April to June when they migrate.

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Catch It and Cook It – Squid (Calamari)

Rod and line fishing for squid (calamari) and cuttlefish has become popular in the UK over the past few years. Specialised fishing techniques use custom lures known as jigs. These have two circular rows of crown hooks that entangle the tentacles.


Catch It and Cook It – Cuttlefish

My featured recipe marinates the fish with lemon, chilli and garlic. The acidic lemon juice partly cures and tenderises the flesh before cooking very quickly over high heat.

brindisa shop


Living in central London I am very lucky to have access to authentic imported Spanish products from Brindisa. Many UK supermarkets now sell a few Spanish products like pimenton and even Padron peppers. The main shop is in Borough Market across from London Bridge station. They also have a smaller […]