Archive for the ‘General interest’ Category

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:

fish-and-wine

  • 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 TopMemoryTechniques.com, “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:

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Friday, December 31st, 2010

Happy New Year Fish Fanatics!

Happy New Year Fish Fanatics!

We’d like to take this opportunity to wish all our friends and customers a very healthy, happy and prosperous New Year.

We can’t wait to welcome you to our online shop in 2011 and help you add a delicious range of healthy and tasty fish and seafood delights to your freezer.

Thank you for your support and custom in 2010.

Who dropped the fish?

Wednesday, December 29th, 2010

New York City Ball Drop

New York City Ball Drop

There are many different traditions that surround New Year celebrations – eating and drinking lots is just one of them!

One we came across recently was the tradition of dropping something to symbolise the arrival of the new year. It would seem that this is particularly prevalent in the USA where a whole array of unusual objects are dropped. The most famous “drop” is the original Times Square Ball dropped annually, broadcast nationwide live from Times Square in Manhattan, New York Cityon Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve.

We thought we’d see if there were any fish dropped to mark this occasion, and surprisingly we did find a few:

  • Eastport, Maine - A sardine
  • Easton, Maryland - A crab
  • Point Pleasant, New Jersey - “The Millennium Mossbunker,” a mossbunker fish (only for 2000)
  • Port Clinton, Ohio - A walleye fish, named “Captain Wylie Walleye”
  • Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin - A carp, nicknamed Lucky
  • To see a whole list, check out this Wikipedia article where items include a pine cone, French fry, cigar, a pickle, a giant M&M and a stuffed goat!

    And you thought fish were weird! Personally though, we prefer to eat fish than drop it. What a waste!

    SMILE! Fish fights gum disease…

    Monday, November 8th, 2010

    Fish makes us smile too!

    Fish makes us smile too!

    The British Dental Health Foundation has today released the results of a study which shows that a diet full of fish goes a long way to protect people from gum disease.

    The study suggested that the risk of gum disease is significantly reduced with the consumption of polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) which are found in fatty fish such as Salmon, Tuna, Trout, Herring, Sardines and Mackerel.

    The diet of 182 adults were examined over a five year period for the research and it was found that those who consumed the highest amounts of fatty acids, were 30 percent less likely to develop gum disease and 20 percent less likely to develop periodontitis (severe gum disease).

    And not forgetting of course the massive other health benefits of eating plenty of fish in your diet.

    You can see the whole story here.

    And you can stock up on the freshest, tastiest fish here!

    Don’t forget - during November, we are offering 10% off all orders. Simply use the promotional code 10%NOV when you come to checkout.

    Just another thing to smile about!

    Fanatical for filleting fish!

    Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

    Andrew filleting a Sea Bream

    Andrew filleting a Sea Bream


    That’s not easy to say!

    But that’s exactly what our MD Andrew Franks was when on holiday recently. You can see him here looking very professional as he handles this Sea Bream (or Dorade as it’s otherwise known) before turning it into a delicious meal - Sea Bream with Herb Oil.

    Sea bream, known as Dorade on the continent is similar to Sea Bass and a great tasting fillet. You know that tasty fish you had on holiday in the Med? Chances are it was Dorade. We sell it as a whole fish and also ready filleted for your convenience. Add it to your next Fish Fanatics order - we think you’ll love it!

    Who’s messing with our Fish & Chips?

    Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

    The great British take-away

    The great British take-away

    A story in today’s Daily Mirror states that:

    “The British chippy may never be the same again – thanks to a powdered vinegar that stops your grub getting soggy.

    A small company has invented a seasoning combining salt and vinegar to sprinkle on takeaways.

    It will ensure our great traditional dish is never again spoiled by too much vinegar. That annoying habit of your wrapping paper splitting and sticking to your food will also be solved.

    Called Malt Salt, it is the brainchild of a US-based company called J&D and is made using natural ingredients, blending sea salt and malt vinegar powder. But it may be hard to change the habit of many fans who like the limp fish and chips at the bottom of the bag.” You can see the rest of the story here.

    Is this REALLY what we want? Or do we like our fish & chips just the way they are? Let us have your comments….

    Four more go Fish Fanatical!

    Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

    As well as selling our delicious fish via our online shop, we also supply some of the best shops around the UK. And we’re delighted to announce four more shops that’ll be stocking our wares:

    Alisons Country Kitchen
    22 High Street
    Tatenhall
    Chester
    CH3 9PX
    01829 771130
    www.alisonscountrykitchen.co.uk

    Budgens Henfield
    High Street
    Henfield
    West Sussex
    BN5 9HP
    01273 492750
    www.budgens.co.uk

    Montys Fresh Fish
    1 Buxton Road
    Bakewell
    Derbyshire
    DE45 1DA
    01629 312399

    Van Hage
    Peterborough Garden Park
    Eye Road
    Peterborough
    Cambs
    PE1 4YZ
    01733 221400
    http://www.vanhage.co.uk/

    We’re adding stockists all the time, and you can find a list on our online directory of Fish Fanatics shops.

    Let us know if you’ve visited any of them!

    We can’t help you get a tan but….

    Sunday, September 19th, 2010

    … we can help you get more vitamin D.

    Sunshine produces essential vitamin D - so does oily fish.

    Sunshine produces essential vitamin D - so does oily fish.

    Today the BBC ran a story about the fact that leaflets are to be handed out in Scotland urging people to make sure they get enough vitamin D. (You can read the whole story here.)

    Doctors are concerned that people in Scotland are not getting enough of the vitamin from sunlight and are not topping up their levels with a healthy diet. It states that there is increasing evidence that a lack of vitamin D could be linked to cancer and multiple sclerosis and that doctors are also concerned about a rise in the bone disease rickets.

    Pregnant and breastfeeding women are apparently particularly at risk of vitamin D deficiency, along with children under five, the elderly, the housebound and people with darker skin.

    About 10 to 15 minutes a day of sunshine is considered safe, but the report states that in Scotland the sun is only strong enough to provide vitamin D between April and September, and that if the body’s reserves of vitamin D run out during the winter, they need to be topped up from oily fish, eggs, meat or a supplement.

    Given the weather we’ve been getting this year, we suspect that it’s not just our friends in Scotland that may be struggling. This is why we (and the Food Standards Agency as it happens!) think you should be eating at least 2 portions of fish a week, including at least one of the oily variety. The health benefits of fish are multiple, but oily fish such as salmon, trout, mackerel, can really help top up vitamin D on a cloudy day!

    Visit our online shop today and get a free bottle of delicious sauce when you order over £60 worth of fish.

    Fish Fanatics at the Fine Food Fair!

    Friday, September 10th, 2010

    The UK's leading fine food event

    The UK's leading fine food event

    Earlier this week, we attended the 11th Speciality and Fine Food Fair at the London Olympia. This is the UK’s market leading trade event for showcasing artisan food and drink to trade buyers.

    2010’s event was the biggest to date. With almost 600 suppliers and thousands of visitors including delis, farm shops, independent retailers, restaurants, hotels, caterers & wholesalers. All looking to source fine food with provenance, local sourcing and quality at the top of their agenda.

    So we were in very good company. It was great to meet up with some of our existing customers, and also make some great contacts.

    Watch this space for the announcement of some new retail outlets soon!