Clams with Rice Noodles al fresco

Posted in fish, lunches on March 15th, 2016 by Kevin – 1 Comment
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Our first taste of Al fresco dining, enjoying the touch of Spring in the air over the weekend. This was a lunch inspired by a walk past the Hackney Fin & Flounder fishmongers on Sunday. I couldn’t resist picking up a batch of Scottish clams, which were cooked in white wine, garlic and fresh parsley, then tossed in Rice Noodles with Olive Oil and more chopped parsley. This was served with a Raw (Massaged) Kale, Sprouts, Orange and Toasted Pumpkin Seed Salad courtesy of my dear wife Nicky Clinch, along with a glass of the crisp Chardonnay which went in with the clams. What a treat! Fin & Founder is well worth a visit – they’re a top notch local fishmonger based on Broadway Market in E8, with a policy of sourcing and supplying sustainable and line-caught seafood.

Penang market cooking

Posted in dinners, farmers markets, fish, soups on January 11th, 2016 by Kevin – 1 Comment



An early morning visit to a Penang market during our Christmas trip, where we bought some freshly made fish balls and fried tofu. This all ended up in a Hearty Noodle broth, together with Choi Sum-like greens from the market, Shiitake Mushrooms, Onions and Carrots.

Panfried Mullet with Bulghur Wheat Salad

Posted in dinners, fish, summer on May 19th, 2014 by Kevin – 1 Comment

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A fruitful visit to Stoke Newington Farmers Market, leading to a simple but delicious evening meal: I bought some fresh Grey Mullet which I filleted then skinned, dusted in Rice Flour and panfried. I cooked some Bulghur wheat, then mixed this with some chopped toasted almonds, chopped Parsley and some soaked raisins. I roasted some Cherry Tomatoes with Olive Oil, a pinch of salt and some Balsamic Vinegar. Fresh Sorrel leaves from the market are dressed with a Lemon Vinaigrette.

Parrot Fish adventure

Posted in fish on October 18th, 2012 by Kevin – Be the first to comment

With Nicky’s brother, wife and family visiting us, I wanted to cook something a little bit special. The guys at Ocean Wave Fishmongers in Finsbury Park pointed me in the direction of a Parrot Fish. I’d never tried them before, but was happy to trust them on this. It was, as the man said, a beautiful fish to eat. I baked it very simply on a bed of sliced Fennel, stuffed with Thyme and Lemon, some Olive Oil and a good sprinkle of Salt. The flesh was very meaty, almost like monkfish, with a lovely flavour.

Vietnamese Claypot Catfish

Posted in fish on October 9th, 2012 by Kevin – Be the first to comment

From the kitchen of Cay Tre Restaurant on Old St, part of the Vietnamese Kitchen family.

Panfried Plaice

Posted in dinners, fish on August 31st, 2012 by Kevin – Be the first to comment

Panfried Plaice, dusted in Cornflour, accompanied by Rice & Barley,  Blanched Kale with Toasted Sesame Seeds, Blanched Samphire, Gherkins, and a wedge of Lemon.


Posted in dinners, fish, reviews on July 10th, 2012 by Kevin – Be the first to comment

Nicky and I enjoyed a visit to Tapas Brindisa Soho last week for a taste of Mariscada, a traditional celebration of Seafood from Northern Spain. It tasted even better than it looks! Check out a video about the restaurant here. If you head there sometime, you have to try the Gordal Olives: they are incredible.

New Potato Salad

Posted in fish, lunches on June 18th, 2012 by Kevin – Be the first to comment

Boiled New Potatoes, Cooked Beetroot with a Balsamic and Mustard Vinaigrette, on a bed of Rocket, topped with some Smoked Mackerel and Alfalfa Sprouts.

Green Lipped Mussels

Posted in dinners, fish on June 13th, 2012 by Kevin – Be the first to comment

Green Lipped Mussels from Aotearoa sauteed in Olive Oil and Garlic, a decent splash of White Wine, Served with Udon Rice Noodles, chopped Parsley and a knob of Butter. Heaven.

Something Fishy Fishy

Posted in dinners, fish on May 30th, 2012 by Kevin – Be the first to comment

A visit to Fishy Fishy restaurant in Kinsale, (the name inspired by the seaside ditty ‘When the Boat Comes in’) where Nicky and I enjoyed an array of beautifully prepared seafood dishes: Oysters on the half Shell; Crab Claws cooked in Garlic and Chilli; Panfried Monkfish on a bed of Herb and Mushroom Risotto and a decadent Orange and Almond Cake to polish it off.