Monthly Archives: April 2013

Down by The River

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Hoping for permision to put 2 crayfish traps down

Hoping for permision to put 2 crayfish traps down

 Hoping for crayfish

Hoping for crayfish

Fish carving

Fish carving


Our local river has a 3 mile stretch running through woodland owned by the local council. It’s a nice walk. I recently spotted juvenile fish. Perhaps some crayfish? I wrote to the council asking for permit ion to put down two traps. This will be aired at the next council meeting, fingers crossed.
Then it’s up to the River Authority / environment-agency to give me a licence. Thankfully this is free. They also give me numbered tags for my traps. The trapping of crayfish is vetted thoroughly for good reason. Spread of crayfish plague, unethical traps being two of them. Some traps are not so good and end up killing endangered species. Crayfish plague kills our rare native crayfish.
Signal crayfish are a pest and problem to our rivers. Our smaller indigenous native crayfish are being destroyed along with fish eggs by these larger crayfish. So I hope I can play my part in helping our local environment. There is also a tasty meal to be had at the end of all this.
A fantastic German chef called Alfons Schuhbeck , does an excellent crayfish in their own stock recipe, I am really keen to make this. It is a Bavarian recipe, so it will be good. Alfons is underrated; people who like good food should check him out.
As with all rivers there is litter, the council does its best. But we should all do are bit. If every walker and dog walker picked up a piece of litter there would not be any. Litter louts are a minority, good people are the majority. So pick up a piece of litter next time you walk.
Lastly the fish carving is outside the local fishmongers, rightly voted the best fishmonger by Devon Life. Good knowledge and day boat fresh fish, local shellfish. ‘Ivybridge fishmongers’ is well worth a visit. http://www.ivybridgefishcompany.co.uk/

Life’s a beach!

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Wembury Early Spring

Wembury Early Spring

I love this person more than the beach.

I love this person more than the beach.

Devon

Devon


Life’s a beach!
More pictures of the beach, Devon is blessed with a fantastic shoreline. I had the last of the mussels this season, you never know with U.K. weather. I also after 4hrs walking and realising the tide would not be low enough to reach the prize mussels, came across a Rock oyster. Having not eaten since lunchtime, this was devoured on the spot. Very nice it was too.
Lunch was involving newly acquired ‘Mother of God Chilli Sauce’ which is amazing. This will be for another post.
The weather was also amazing, I even put my feet in the water.
I had enough mussels for brunch next day, bacon and onion mussel omelette. I have been a bit lapse at late with the camera, so no photo’s.

Dry Crab Curry

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Dry crab curry

Dry crab curry

Gordon Ramsay, Devon’s best fishmonger, what a combo. Gordon’s Great Escape books are superb.
The crab’s claws are amazing value, £3 for 6. Devon Crab, as with many things from the region, the best. After a failed tea smoking experiment, it’s nice to have a result from my wok.
This is an easy recipe, it gives superb results. I notice the supermarkets are selling U.K. crabs at a good price. Try and buy from your fishmonger or market. Londoners head to Borough, for fantastic shellfish.
Devon people head to Salcombe Fish Wife. When I am in Germany I will experiment with the freezer of an Asian shop, possibly soft shell crabs.
My claws were raw, I baked them. Next time I will boil them, as the crab stuck to the shell.
I must say Gordon’s Far East books are as you would expect producing amazing results. I am as we speak trying to perfect Jasmine coconut and honey pannacotta, with papaya and ginger compote. My last attempt had too much gelatine also taking my eye off the ball with the 5min simmer. Using coconut milk solids instead of coconut cream. Gordon would of been swearing, rightly so.
This attempt is on a 30 minuet infuse. So just enough time to put this post up. Hopefully I will do another post tonight.
Asian Food healthy, tasty. The ingredients are now easier to get. A lot of the cooking is done in one wok, so it’s cheaper and easier. What’s not to like?