Seafood at home

Sorry I’m going to begin with a rant… and get onto recipes in a sec

Nothing pains me more than going to a restaurant IN SCOTLAND that is serving seafood from overseas. We all know Europe to be a haven for seafood excellence, but what about us? Scotland has 16,500km (including the islands) of coast line, which is pretty outstanding for such a small country – teaming with marine life. It’s hard to believe that Scotland is often overlooked as a ‘foodie’ location. I’ve traveled a lot in the last 5 years and while on the topic of food I’ve been asked so many times if deep-fried mars bars and chippies are the local cuisine. WHAT! NO! Scotland has such a rich culture around food with seafood right at the top. It doesn’t get much better than whats being caught right on our doorstep – because no matter where you are in Scotland – you’re never too far from the sea.

I think on the whole, most fish and shellfish eaters in Scotland consume fish in their diet at least once a week. And there’s a reason local fishmongers are still alive and thriving – the quality and range of seafood available is fantastic. Maybe less so in cities where supermarkets supply such a big range – but if possible, supporting local businesses is something we can all agree is good.

So – a seafood feast at home? Not a problem (if you’ve got a pot big enough for langoustines). Seafood dinners like this are a big treat in our family, because shellfish can be a bit pricey – but by ‘compromising’ with a few veggie meals throughout the week (not really a compromise), it can become a more regular treat.

First up – ‘The Palate Cleanser’

Beetroot and goats cheese salad
  • 4 cooked beetroot
  • 100g goats cheese
  • A bag or 2 of greens and leafs
  • Oil & balsamic vinegar
  • Chuck in a few walnuts as well if you like them!

Toss together – easy peasy.

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Smoked Mackerel Pate
  • 400g smoked mackerel
  • 200g cream cheese (ish – taste as you go)
  • 70g butter (ish)
  • lemon juice
  • pepper

Whiz together in a blender – tasting as you go.

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Smoked trout and smoked salmon

Needs no fuss – not even a plate! I got this delivered from Murray Smoked Products – and its some of the best smoked fish I’ve ever tasted! Online they have a variety of different types – honey and pepper, Cajun spiced, long sliced, dill coated – i’ve tried many of them and they are all fantastic.

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Scallops with bacon & black pudding
  • Scallops (2 or 3 per person)
  • One large onion
  • Chives
  • Garlic
  • 1 bacon rasher cooked
  • 1/2 sliced of black pud cooked

Soften onion and garlic in oil – fry scallops for 1min on each side – sprinkle with chives and serve with bacon or black pud – or both!

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Langoustines

Bring a large pod of salted water to the boil – and cook the langoustines for 3-4 minutes (careful not to overcook).

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CRAB!

Okay we cheated – we bought this pre cooked crab from the fishmonger… because cooking crab in your house is SO stinky. I’d probably only ever do it if I knew I could cook it outside.

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Yorkshire Puddings?

Not so Scottish – but Yorkshires taste amazing with mackerel pate. Don’t knock it till you’ve tried it.

  • 140g plain flour
  • 4 eggs
  • 200ml milk
  • sunflower oil

Drizzle oil into tin and put into oven to heat (230c) – beat eggs into flour and slowly add milk to make the batter – pour into heated tin and cook for 20 mins (until golden). Do this just before your about to eat so you can have them hot with the pate.

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We also had a loaf of homemade bread (made in a bread machine) and a last-minute pea puree made by blending garden peas with some lemon juice.

What a feast – and not ridiculously expensive. For the seafood alone we spent £23 – so adding the extras our whole meal cost less than £30.

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Thanks for reading

R x 
@ronamcmillan

 

A Glasgow Food Map ROUND 2

STEAK NIGHT - The Butchershop Bar & Grill

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The atmosphere of a thriving city centre restaurant but located in a quiet spot by Kelvingrove Park in Glasgow’s West End. Great quality steaks, prepped and presented exceptionally well. Steak night was our family night out, my three big brothers can eat a lot and this place did not disappoint, there wasn’t a single hungry tummy at the end of the night. Our waiter was extremely attentive and kept our wine & cocktails topped up all evening!

WEEKDAY LUNCH - Epicures of Hyndland

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I have a massive soft spot for Epicures – I don’t know why; but I always feel at home here. From breakfast, brunch, lunches, dinner, coffees and cocktails, I would check this place out for every occasion. Neither fancy, or too casual, the environment in Epicures doesn’t set many rules, i’ve hung out here in a pair of dungarees and flip-flops but also turned up in a dress and heels for dinner! It’s a busy cafe at the weekends; but the perfect place to chill mid week. I love taking a book here, or some sketchbooks and working my way through a few flat whites… and occasionally a red wine… or two!

PICNIC LUNCH - Marthas

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Sorry, bad pictures ^ but by the time I got my Martha’s home it had sloshed around a little! I love a Martha’s, I genuinely eat here at least once a week. It is healthy, hearty, fast food in the centre of Glasgow – nearly all of their meals are less than 500 calories and are SO filling! Heartbreakingly closed at the weekends, Martha’s is a Mon-Fri lunch time fix – although good news, recently they have extended their hours so they are now open until 9pm on week nights. Hello Deliveroo!

HOME COOKING - Homemade Monkfish Curry

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A rich dinner, that costs less – we sourced some beautiful fresh monkfish from a fishmonger in Glasgow and those juicey sweet vine tomatoes came from Celinos Deli in the west end. We lightly followed a Jamie Oliver recipe – and added a few variations to substitute missing ingredients. Fab recipe – I totally recommend!

TASTING MENU - 111 by Nico

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So, I am swayed on tasting menus. I’ve had so many mediocre 5 course/7course tasting menus that I tend to roll my eyes at them now. However; 111 by Nico did it so well – I was truly blown away. Every single course tasted unique, fresh and contemporary. There is also a beautiful philosophy behind the restaurant which I think is incredible – 111 is an academy that provides young people who have had a poor start in life the experience and opportunities they need to gain expert skills needed to be a top chef. Eating here was a really fun and interesting experience, I will be booking again soon! 111 has also recently introduced their Tuesday Taste Club – 6 course taster for £20!

DATE NIGHT - Ubiquitous Chip

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“The Chip” – Ashton Lane’s finest! Beautiful atmosphere, professional and friendly service, local ingredients and outstanding food. We ate downstairs in the restaurant which is uniquely stunning; climbing greenery, twinkling lights, a cobbled stone floor and a large water feature that brings the fresh of the outdoors, inside! The Chip also have their own farm! What’s more delightful than knowing they sow it, grow it, harvest it, cook it and deliver it to you in the freshest possible way; I love that!

COCKTAILS - Kelvingrove Cafe

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The snuggest most welcoming hide away in Finnieston – with an open fire and walls covered in contemporary Parisian art the Kelvingrove Cafe is ideal for a drizzly afternoon cocktail or glass of wine. The bartenders and waiting staff are all really enthusiastic and attentive, they’ll chat to you about their ever changing drinks list and tell you exactly what vineyard your wine came from. They also do really delicious heart warming food!

Thanks for reading –

R x