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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:

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
01829 771130

Budgens Henfield
High Street
West Sussex
01273 492750

Montys Fresh Fish
1 Buxton Road
DE45 1DA
01629 312399

Van Hage
Peterborough Garden Park
Eye Road
01733 221400

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!

Our simplest recipe yet!

Monday, August 16th, 2010

Today, we wanted to share with you our simplest recipe yet…..


  • Some Fish Fanatics fish
  • Some Fish Fanatics sauce


  • Cook fish
  • Add sauce
  • Sorted!

It couldn’t be easier. And it couldn’t be more tasty. We have eight different varieties:

Our scrumptious sauce range

Our scrumptious sauce range

  • Pineapple & Red Chili Sauce A mouth-watering taste of fruity ripe pineapples, count to 5 and the chili kicks in! They are great with Fish Cakes and Tiger Prawns.
  • Coconut, Lime & Ginger Sauce The sweetness of the coconut, tamed with lime and the contrast of ginger can create a Thai style dish in minutes.
  • Wasabi & Green Pepper Sauce A fresh, clean, crisp taste, without the heat, followed by the sweetness of green peppers. Try with fish such as cod, monkfish and salmon. Great mixed with mayonnaise or crème fraiche in a dip.
  • New York Style Sauce Full flavoured and great with Tuna and Swordfish. We also like with fresh grilled sardines on the BBQ.
  • Roasted Red Pepper Sauce A rounded pepper taste with a hint of chives. Great poured over pasta with white fish.
  • Lemon & Dill Sauce Sharp and tangy – A natural with most fish, particularly white fish, prawns and salmon. Also great with chicken.
  • Cajun Mango Sauce Slightly spicy and great with white fish. Wonderful as a dip with creme fraiche or yoghurt.
  • Sweet Chili Sauce Try for dipping prawns, with a tuna steak or even as an alternative to tomato sauce with fish and chips!

All the savoury sauces are gluten free, dairy free and suitable for vegans and vegetarians with the exception of the New York style sauce which contains anchovies.

Visit our online shop to see our range of fish and sauces. And let us know what you think!

Things you might not know about…..Scallops!

Friday, May 14th, 2010

One of our special offers in May is on our succulent King Scallops.

King Scallops special offer

King Scallops special offer

Scallops are a popular type of shellfish in both Eastern and Western cooking and are characterized by having two types of meat in one shell…

The adductor muscle, called “scallop” which is white and meaty, and the roe, called “coral”, which is red or white and soft.

Both parts are edible and in Europe they are eaten in their entirety like oysters. In the U.S. however, when a scallop is prepared, usually only the white part - the adductor muscle - is used, while the other parts of the scallop are discarded.

Scallops are commonly sautéed in butter, or else breaded and deep fried. Their flavour is sweet and delicate and so best served with something that will not overpower their subtle flavour. They go really well with light semi-dry white wines.

Simply pan fry them in butter, or try one of our recipes:

Barbequed Scallops Wrapped in Bacon and Sage
Devilled Scallops
Pan Fried King Scallops with Tarragon
Pan Fried Scallops and Prawns with Mango Dipping Sauce
Scallop Chowder

Our current stock comes from Cornish day boats and the quality is by far the very best available on the market.

See how tasty our fish is for yourselves…

Monday, May 10th, 2010
Ashlie doing a tasty cooking demo

Ashlie doing a tasty cooking demo

We think our fish is the best you can buy in terms of taste, freshness and general fabness! But I suppose we would say that wouldn’t we??

So don’t just take our word for it, come and join us at one of our tasting days up and down the country.

You can find us with samples of our wares at any of the following shops….

Blacker Hall Farm, Wakefield - Friday 25th June
Cheshire Smokehouse, Wilmslow - Fri 2nd July
Beckworth Emporium, Milton Keynes - 19th & 20th July
The Hollies- Stratton & Tarpoley - date tbc
White Post Farm, Nottingham - June/July date tbc
Ingfield Farm Shop, Halifax - Summer BBQ Event, date tbc
Ludlow Food Centre - date tbc

And we are adding to this list all the time.

Our tastings are usually from 10am til 1pm, but contact us for more information. Check out our farmshop directory for details of these venues.

We’d love to meet you. See you there :)