Crab Beignets

Image of crab and lobster pots

There’s something about a Cromer crab that transports me straight back to childhood holidays, flying kites on the Norfolk cliff tops, running up and down the wooden steps to the beach and especially eating freshly cooked seafood. The crabs are in season now and though they’re perfect simply dressed and served with a salad, or tossed though pasta with a little lemon zest and chilli, this recipe is a bit special. Continue reading

Masala Mackerel with Coconut Chutney

With their gleaming blue and silver stripes, mackerel are a lovely fish. They’re cheap, tasty and packed full of healthy omega-3 oils. They can carry strong flavours and their oiliness means they can take a brief blast under the grill or on the barbecue without drying out. They’re a gift to the cook.  Continue reading

Smoked Haddock and Spinach Mornay

This is quite a retro dish but it’s so good I think it’s due a renaissance. Flaky, juicy fish, combined with spinach and the fresh pop of tomatoes, blanketed in a smoky, cheesy sauce, topped off with a crisp thatch of breadcrumbs. Heavenly. Yes, rather an over-use of adjectives there, but I think they’re justified. Continue reading

Oysters Hot and Cold

Standing in a battered boat on a cold creek in the middle of winter might not be most people’s idea of fun, but I loved it. I was with Bill Pinney (that’s him, at the top), whose family has been farming oysters in Suffolk since just after World War Two. Bill is a mine of information, not just on oysters but on marine life in general and the art of smoking. Continue reading

Portuguese Pork and Clams

Image of Portuguese red pepper pasteThis is my version of the classic Portuguese dish, Porco Alentejana, a succulent mix of pork with clams cooked in a red pepper sauce. It’s a totally different take on surf ‘n’ turf and much more harmonious and subtle than most. It’s a fabulous weekend supper dish. Continue reading

Hake with Peperonata

Hake is Spain’s favourite fish but much less popular in the UK, which is something of a mystery to me. It’s a sustainable catch and it tastes terrific, but most of the hake landed here every year gets shipped to Spain. It’s surely time to repatriate it (insert Brexit joke here) but this recipe also works with cod or any other firm-fleshed white fish. Continue reading

Crab and Avocado Summer Rolls

I was feeling crabby the other day. Not in the sense that I was cross and cranky, perish the thought. I was in the mood to eat some succulent Cromer crab.

It’s so good that I’ll usually eat it simply in a salad or, were it not for the fact that Him Outdoors has an aversion to pasta, tossed though some linguine. As he does, I was forced to get a bit more creative.

This is a crustacean-lover’s version of the vegetarian summer rolls I made recently and I think it’s a winner.  Continue reading

Sole with Nasturtium Butter and Cockle Popcorn

Image of nasturtium flower

I’ve been longing to make nasturtium butter ever since I read about it in a Jane Grigson book and have been waiting impatiently for the nasturtiums to flower. In the end I raided the gardens of a couple of friends as our plants were slow to oblige.

As for the cockle popcorn, it’s a revelation if you haven’t tried it: Continue reading