Category Archives: Fish & Shellfish

A Taste Of Empire – Malta

In 1814, as part of the Treaty of Paris, Malta officially became a part of the British Empire and was used as a shipping way‑station and fleet headquarters. After the Suez Canal opened in 1869, Malta’s position halfway between the … Continue reading

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A Taste Of Empire – Anguilla

Anguilla (/æŋˈɡwɪlə/ ang-gwill-ə) is a British Overseas Territory in the Caribbean. It is one of the most northerly of the Leeward Islands in the Lesser Antilles. The territory consists of the main island of Anguilla itself, 16 miles (26 km) long … Continue reading

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The Portugese Experience

Continuing our travels with Granny Robertson’s Cookbook we now come to Portugal. In common with many European countries Portugal has a long seafaring history, reflected in the national cuisine by a the number of recipes for fish and shellfish. Sharing … Continue reading

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“Whale Meat Again . . .”

Throughout the Middle Ages whale was consumed throughout Europe. It was hunted for both its meat and its oil. Under Catholicism, all aquatic beings being considered “fish”,  whale was deemed suitable for eating during Lent and other “fasting periods” An … Continue reading

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The Great Norse Cod!

For almost 200 years, from the end of the eighth century until the reign of Alfred the Great, Danish and Norwegian pirates harassed and looted the British coast, (though mainly the Scottish bit,) at will! And towards the end of … Continue reading

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Aberdeen . . . A Burgh Of Royal Heritage

“Blythe Aberdeane, thow beriall of all tounis, thie lamp of bewtie, bountie and blythnes.” William Dunbar, a 15th century poet and royalist. The city of granite, established during the reign of Malcolm III (1058-93) has always sparkled, appealing to both … Continue reading

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Edible Seaweed

Around the coasts and islands of Scotland, Sloke, Dulse & Redware have long been known as a rich source of vitamins and minerals. As well as being used as a topping for fresh bannocks it is also used in soups … Continue reading

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