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roast mackerel

Roasted Mackerel with Potatoes and Shallots

Way back in March I made a dish very similar to this, lamenting the fact that I couldn’t get Mackerel and was using Bluefish as a (very fine) substitute. Recently I’ve been seeing more mackerel at market, so I’m very glad to revisit this dish

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Hot Pickled Herring with Stampott

Hot Pickled Herring with Bacon and Endive Stamppot

Today’s weather has been what I imagine it’s always like in the Low Countries in November. Cold, grey and with an all-pervasive wetness that alternates between rain and snow. This is stay inside and warm your soul weather; make simple comfort food weather. A nice oily fish cooked in a sweet-sour liquor and some flavourful simple […]

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Soused Fish, Green Leaves, Dark Bread

Soused Fish, Green Leaves, Dark Bread

When I go to market to pick up the best of the weeks’ seasonal produce I know that if the fish is good I’ll be having that for supper on the day I buy it. And usually that’s it for eating fresh fish for the week. Sometimes you want to have the fish later in […]

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Roast Bluefish

Bluefish with roast potatoes and onions, and a side salad to lift it

At the market this week I was once again eagerly looking forward to picking up some mackerel from PE & DD Seafoods. Mackerel is beautiful to look at and such a fine taste: oily and fishy, but not too fishy.  Sadly once again, Long Island Sound failed to offer up my favourite fish. This is what being a […]

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A warm bowl of kedgeree

Kedgeree – the original fusion food, as approved by Mrs Patmore

Kedgeree is about as unfashionable today as the idea of fusion food, but in the Gentleman Grocer’s opinion it should form a staple part of a home-cook’s repertoire. It’s not well known here in the United States, but in Great Britain where I’m from it’s a traditional Anglo-Indian dish that is pretty deep in the […]

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Unconventional Irish Stew

Irish Stew and Soda Bread; an unconventional take

Sunday was St. Patrick’s day, and what better way to celebrate than with Irish Stew?  A better way is to celebrate with Irish stew and a nice tangy piece of soda bread. I went to the market with this in mind, and picked up some great lamb neck in my weekly haul so I could put […]

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