A few weeks ago I was invited for a two night stay at Fallen Angel, a luxury love nest tucked up into the hillside of the tiny fishing village of Mousehole. It's a beautifully designed new build that overlooks the harbour complete with free standing bath tub, fire pit and sub tropical gardens.
After finally dragging myself out of the bathtub my attention quickly turned to the bbq/fire pit area. I couldn't wait to cook something delicious in this beautifully designed space where you could watch the changing tides and the passing of boats.
For a while now people have been asking me where I purchase all the fish that I use in my beach side cooking. Until recently I had unfortunately been pointing them in the direction of a high street supermarkets where I couldn't guarantee the freshness, quality or sustainability of the fish they sold. Things have now changed and I can now point you to a Cornish company who prides themselves on convenient and delicious fish with real provenance and unbeatable freshness.
I was contacted by Paul at Fish for Thought and invited to visit their factory warehouse in Bodmin. After donning a white jump suit, hair net and wellies I ventured into their gutting and process line where Paul talked me through where each fish was caught and where it was being shipped off to. It was an intimate and transparent production line and Paul could even tell me the names of the boats that brought in the daily catch at each of the harbours they purchase the fish from.
A few days later he sent me a fresh fish hamper to take on our weekend at Fallen Angel and it did not disappoint. Our first meal from the hamper was Lobster Macaroni cheese which was as sensational as you'd imagine. Whoever thought of putting these two heaven sent ingredients together is genius. We had it with a simple new potato salad and it was the perfect light but warming lunch that we needed.
The box also contained a whopping great big tail of prepared monkfish which is my absolute favourite fish of all time. I'd already bought some chorizo with me so the obvious bbq scenario was Monkfish and Chorizo bbq skewers. This is such a simple meal to prepare and super easy to cook. Just make sure you soak your skewers longer than I did to prevent them from setting on fire! I drizzled them in a little oil and sprinkled some of my favourite Cornish Sea salt Luxury pepper on them and then placed them on the bbq. I sat back and poured another glass of Prosecco to drink whilst they cooked.
I served the skewers with a simple feta cheese salad and roasted cherry tomatoes done in Oil and Cornish Sea salt. The meal was super simple and super delicious.
I think that for many people cooking fish can be a little bit intimidating but Fish for thought have created some super clever recipe boxes that I'm gagging to try out. From the sound of it they will make the process a lot less scary with their easy to follow along recipe cards. Watch this space for a review of one of their boxes in the future and go check out their site. www.fishforthought.co.uk
If you're interested in the accommodation that we stayed at I don't blame you. I did a full write up on the blog and you can find it here (blog titled: how to make your weekends last longer). Their direct website is www.fallenangelcornwall.com
Love Hails x