The wonders of having the pleasure of getting a plane to the Caribbean and sampling the amazing fish in some shacks on the beach at Tortola British Virgin Island, St Kitts and St Maarten’s, snappers, mahi-mahi, groupers, among all that jerk chicken. I can still taste it, smell it, and feel it.
The great news is, it can be re-created for us all in the UK, albeit without the sunshine and turquoise waters lapping up on the pure white sand. Re-created due to the bounty of wonderful fresh arrivals of exotic fish into Billingsgate Market direct from the West Indies, ready and waiting for your local fishmonger to collect for you. If the above- mentioned fish don’t “float-your boat”, how about trying something rich in Omegas and as shiny as platinum – gorgeous Wahoo kingfish from the Indian Ocean, all in plentiful supply.
Staying with wild-caught fish from our own waters, we are spoilt for choice in the run up to Christmas and the coming months. High-end fish such as turbot, halibut, line-caught sea bass, and monkfish tails are all at their best right now. Your local Fishmonger should have no problem at in obtaining these fish for you.
On a tight budget? This should not be a problem. I had the most wonderful “cheap as chips” fish cooked for me recently. In fact, there really is no need to buy expensive fish when a top quality, super, fresh piece of coley, cooked by the Seafood Training School Director, CJ Jackson, using one of the School’s recipes, will get your juices flowing to new heights.
Did you know that you can eat fish every day of the year without eating the same fish twice, and that’s before adding a delightful sauce of many choices? So, what are you waiting for? Go to your local Fishmonger and try a range of fish.
Have you ran out of ideas for that Christmas present for a good friend and/or loved one? If you are reading Fish on Friday, you already have a passion for fish, so why not take it a step further and check-out the Seafood School at Billingsgate. A host of various courses and gift vouchers are on offer.
Fisheries Inspector Robert Embery – Fishmongers’ Company