Archive for January, 2011

Choosing wine for fish…

Monday, January 31st, 2011

… well it really depends what the fish prefers to drink! (Sorry - we couldn’t resist!)

What we really meant to say of course was choosing the right wine to drink with fish dishes. Before we go on, the main rule of thumb is: there are no rules - drink what you like!

Once you are clear on that, we thought you may find it useful to know which wines particularly complement different types of fish.

First of all, the old adage of red wine with meat and white wine with fish is generally not far off the mark (with the odd exception of course). This is simply because fish tends to be lighter than meat, and white wine lighter than red. But just as there are lots of different types and flavours of fish, the same applies to wine. Consider the following:


  • Fried fish - the bubbles of cava, champagne or prosecco go really cut through the weight of fried fish and provide a delicious partner
  • Lean white fish (such as halibut and snapper) - simply cooked lean fish cries out for a dry and crisp wine like Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grogio and Chenin Blanc
  • Fuller bodied fish dishes such as crab or lobster, go very well with a fuller wine such as Chardonnay, Fume Blanc or Pinot Gris
  • Spicy dishes - go well with a fuller wine with a bit of sweetness such as Riesling, Gewürztraminer or Marsanne
  • Fatty, meaty, flavoursome fish (like tuna, swordfish, mackerel or salmon) can go well with a lighter red such as a Pinto Noir, Gamay or Grenache

Don’t forget - the main thing is - eat and drink what you enjoy, but you may be pleasantly surprised by trying something a little different!

The memory of a fish…

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

goldfish… is actually a lot longer than we give them credit for. Myth has it that they have a memory of just 3 seconds. Where this myth stems from is not really known (probably someone who felt guilty about keeping their goldfish in a tiny bowl) – but research shows that in actual fact, fish can remember things for at least several months!

Dr Kevin Warburton studied fish for more than three decades and has found plenty of evidence to show that fish are in fact quite sophisticated creatures. He said ““Fish can remember prey types for months. They can learn to avoid predators after being attacked once and they retain this memory for several months. And carp that have been caught by fishers avoid hooks for at least a year.”

In an article in the Daily Mail, it claims that scientists at St Andrews University found that many fishes … can learn their way around mazes, can learn to recognise other fish, and can remember which individuals are better competitors. And it states that, according to research at Plymouth University, goldfish have a memory span of up to three months - and can even tell the time. They trained goldfish to nudge a lever to get food.  When the lever was adjusted so it would only work during one hour each day, the goldfish adapted, learning only to press the lever around the right time!

So there you have it!

Coincidentally – eating fish can also help your memory. According to, “Both fish oil supplements and fatty fish, like salmon, contain memory and brain-power boosting omega-3 fatty acids. Fish has been considered brain food for many years. An investigative study has demonstrated, however, that in order to get the most effective results, it is better to consume the fish and not just take a supplement.”

And guess what - we can help! We sell a whole range of oily fish (and all kinds of fish in fact) in our online shop. Check out our:

There’s something fishy about “Blue Monday”…

Monday, January 17th, 2011

brainToday has been deemed the most miserable day of the year. The third Monday of January is, according to psychologists, the hardest day of the year for many, courtesy of a combination of bad weather, money worries and failed resolutions. (It’s true - we haven’t just made it up - see here.)

If we weren’t feeling totally chipper, just reading that would be enough to make us feel down!

Surprisingly enough though, here at Fish Fanatics HQ, we eat plenty of fish - so maybe that’s why we aren’t suffering from “Blue Monday”?

In a recent article on the Daily Mail website “Why fish could be the answer to depression” it states that “there is good reason to believe that consuming more oily fish may help stabilise mood and combat depression“.

There is a lot of research that shows that the essential fatty acids present in Omega 3 and Omega 6 oils are very good for the brain and yet more often than not, our intake of these oils is low. Studies have shown that it is especially low in those prone to depression and mood swings. Thankfully - Omega 3 is readily available in a wide variety of tasty fish, especially the likes of:

So don’t let “Blue Monday” or any other day get you down. Eat at least 2 portions of oily fish a week (as recommended by the Food Standards Agency), and eat your way to a healthier mind and body.

Visit our site for more information on the numerous health benefits of fish.

And for some great ideas on what to cook with your fish once you have it in your freezer, check out our scrumptious recipes.

Healthy New Year!

Friday, January 7th, 2011
Natural Smoked Haddock br/ low calorie, healthy - and very tasty!

Natural Smoked Haddock : low calorie, healthy - and very tasty!

A new year often means resolutions and good intentions for a healthier diet and lifestyle. So it has never been a better time to introduce more fish into your weekly diet. The Food Standards Agency recommends at least two portions a week in order to benefit from this great source of vitamins, minerals and omega 3 fatty acids.

It is also well known that fish is very good as part of a calorie controlled weight loss diet. For example, here is a selection of fish and their calories count.

So whatever your resolutions, whether you are wanting to loose those extra festive pounds, or just get healthier, be sure to include fish. You can buy the freshest and tastiest fish from our online shop. And we have a great range of healthy lifestyle recipes to help you on your way too!

We wish you the best of luck with your resolutions and a very healthy and happy New Year.