Good afternoon all. I hope you had a lovely weekend. I had a relaxing weekend to finish recovering from my two weeks away. Today I would like to tell you about my visit to Newlyn Fish Festival which was held on Bank Holiday Monday 31st August. It is held annually to raise money for the Fisherman’s Mission which offers a 24 hour emergency support service for fisherman and their families.
We arrived at about 10.30am and the place was packed full of people. There was not quite so much fish at the festival as I was expecting. There were lots of charity stalls, craft stalls and other foodie stands. However, when we eventually found the fish stalls, we saw some of the best fish, crab, lobster and shellfish that we have seen. There were a couple of companies that stuck out to be as the best and I would like to mention them here.
The first company is called Seafood and Eat It and was first brought to attention by an article in Olive magazine, just before I left for Cornwall. In the article, Richard and his brother, Neville are Jimmy Doherty’s food heroes for the month of October. I was really happy to meet them, having just read about them a couple of days before. It is their crab and lobster that are above. I purchased some white and brown crab meat from them and intend to make crab cakes with it, in a later post.
The second company that interested me was The Little Cornish Curry Company which were giving away free samples of some of the best curry I have ever tasted. I brought a Magic Mix of spices from them, that is supposed to help you make many types of curries, rice, bhaji’s and fish cakes. I have no idea what is in the magic mix, but I am making a curry tomorrow night (for recipe, see earlier post) and intend to add it to my usual recipe to see what happens. I love an experiment!
We had a fun day in Newlyn and I would urge you all to go next year. It is wonderful day out and you are helping to raise money for a fantastic cause. Also, for any GIS/mapping nerds out there, Newlyn is one of the places in the UK, where they work out the average height above sea level, which you see on Ordnance Survey maps. I would like to visit the Newlyn Tidal Observatory to find out how they do it, but did not get chance – may be next year.
On a different subject, I mentioned that I had been given my first award for ‘Honest Scrap’ on my last post by Nora the Kitchen ‘Splorer who has since explained to me what I am supposed to do. A very big thank you Nora for the award and for your help with telling me what to do. I have to give you 7 facts about myself and pass the award on to 7 other deserving blogs. They are all deserving, in my opinion so thinking of only 7 was very hard!
7 (Foodie) Facts about Me
- My favourite dinner as a child was fish fingers, mashed potatoes, peas and parsley sauce.
- Until I went to Cornwall 2 weeks ago, I had never eaten scallops before.
- My favourite takeaway food is pizza.
- I dislike with a passion bananas and nuts.
- I broke my first Le Creuset casserole pot and am now on my second one, since starting this blog.
- I am useless at making pastry
- I would like to go on the Channel 4 show ‘Come Dine with Me’ but have not plucked up the courage to enter
7 Deserving Blogs
- Geofooding – Karen is one of the first foodie bloggers I had ever met and she is one of the major inspirations for me starting a blog. She is lovely and always willing to help.
- Grubblog – Gary is great person who is happy to help and always has a recipe to hand whenever I need one.
- Helen Thornber - Helen is another fantastic lady who writes almost daily after her life and thoughts. It is a joy to read.
- Consuming the Harvest – Kadeeae always inspires me with her weekly menu planning. I only wish I could be so organised!
- With Knife and Fork – who gave me loads of help when moving from Blogger to WordPress. She is always happy to chat on Twitter as well.
- Kitchen Delights – Margaret’s blog inspires me every time I read it. I am looking forward to meeting her next weekend too.
- Meet and Two Veg – Emily lives near Birmingham just like me and her blog makes me want to discover more about the local food scene. I am looking forward to meeting Emily next week too.
That’s all for now folks. One more post on Cornwall to come and a brief one about Scotland then more recipes will be returning to these pages.