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Catch It and Cook It – Plaice

In my opinion, plaice should be cooked simply as it has a subtle sweet taste. The featured recipe from Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall brings out this sweetness while adding the caramelised cherry tomatoes.

thornback ray

Catch It and Cook It – Skate

Thornbacks Skate wings as sold in fishmongers or the fish and chip shops in the UK are not actually skate at all but mostly thornback rays. Catch It Thornback rays are members of the wider skate family and are the most abundant ray variety caught in UK waters. Along with […]

dogfish on a shingle beach

Catch It and Cook It – Dogfish

Catch It I have a reputation with my fellow anglers for being somewhat prone to catching the lesser spotted dogfish. Scyliorhinus canicula is a member of the shark family. Don’t confuse dogfish with its big brother the bull huss or nurse shark. The fishing industry uses a clever marketing trick […]

morcilla black pudding

Morcilla: The Spanish Black Pudding

Spain’s answer to our black pudding is a mile from the slice you’ll get with your fry-up. It’s a spiced blood sausage, delicate, with a gentle tang. Recipes vary across Spain from the loose, rice-flecked morcilla from Burgos to morcilla de Arroz, the variety made with onion and rice. Morcilla pronounced mor-thee-ya, […]

sprouts in a bowl

Sprouts and Christmas, a British Love Affair

Sprouts and Christmas dinner, a great British tradition which divides opinion. Rather like Marmite you either love or hate them. Anyone who has had an overcooked soggy green ball on their plate knows what I mean. Perhaps “I’m a Celebrity” could use them in an eating trial? Modern stir fry […]

pastel de nata

Pastel de Nata

Pastel de Nata, an egg tart pastry dusted with cinnamon, has become very popular and widely available in the last few years. They go down really well with a cup of coffee.

garden snails

Edible Snails – Helix Aspersa

All snails in Britain are edible. They’re essentially the same creatures that the French, Spanish and Italians devour by the tonne.


Portuguese Snails Festival

The snail is a delicacy in Portugal and every May they celebrate them with the Festival do Caracois! Snails in Portugal are really good. Snails are flavoured with olive oil and/or butter, garlic, piri-piri sauce, and a lot of oregano. Some restaurants will add extra ingredients but this covers the […]

sliced chorizo

Spanish Chorizo Sausage

Traditional Spanish chorizo is a very tasty sausage found all over Spain, each province having its own variation with most families having their own recipe. It can be fresh, which needs cooking, or cured, ready for eating.