Four more go Fish Fanatical!

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….

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!

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!

August 16th, 2010

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

Ingredients

  • Some Fish Fanatics fish
  • Some Fish Fanatics sauce

Method

  • 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!

Oily fish diet can cut the risk of blindness …

July 26th, 2010

Manx Kippers - full of Omega 3

Manx Kippers - full of Omega 3

… according to an article in the Daily Express today. You can read the whole story here, but in summary, it says:

A WEEKLY dose of oily fish may help prevent the most common cause of blindness in old age, ­scientists say.

Eating herring, mackerel and tuna – packed with health-busting omega 3 fatty ­acids – reduces the risk of age-­related macular degeneration by 60 per cent.

Around 500,000 Britons each year suffer AMD which stops the eyes from making out fine details, leaving victims unable to recognise people’s faces or read.

But new US research found that regular fish eaters tend to have lower rates of AMD than people who rarely eat fish.

The results boost the theory that superfood omega 3 fatty ­acids found in large concentrations in oily fish may affect the development of AMD. Cathy Yelf, of the Macular ­Disease Society, said: “This is ­another piece of the jigsaw.

“We are gradually getting a clearer picture of the part diet and general health plays in ­macular degeneration and we tell ­people to ‘eat for your eyes’ by ­including lots of fruit and green leafy vegetables in the diet as well as oily fish.”

In a study, those who ate one or more servings of oily fish each week were 60 per cent less likely to have advanced AMD than those who averaged less than a serving a week.

So get ordering your fish today at our online shop to enjoy the huge health benefits of fish.

Summer is here - bring out the fish!

June 3rd, 2010
Citrus Fish Skewers

Citrus Fish Skewers

Well it’s June anyway, and the sun is out in all it’s glory while we are writing this!

Sooooo - we thought we’d share with you some de-li-cious summery recipes for both on and off the BBQ.

If you have any tasty fishy ideas, please just get in touch and we’ll add our favourites to the site! In the meantime, here are some to tickle your tastebuds…

  • This Cajun Mackerel is fresh and spicy at the same time. Delicious served with crisp green salad.
  • Citrus fish skewers - a fabulous combination of cod and prawns that will put the burger to shame on the barbie!
  • Try this divine Lobster Salad to bring a taste of luxury to your salad leaves
  • Pasta has never been so tasty - Monkfish with Lime & Ginger - and not just lime and ginger, but cream and cherry tomatoes and spring onions and parsley and white wine and mmmmmmm……!

We have loads of recipes on our site, so check them out regularly. All the fish in our recipes can be bought from our online shop.

And don’t forget - we want to know what your favourite fish based recipe is, so let us know!

Things you might not know about…..Scallops!

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…

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 :)

We’ve got some great special offers for May…

May 5th, 2010

Can you believe it’s May already? We certainly can’t! The Great British public has already started to dust off the barby ready to throw the most delicious fillets and loins on there.

We’ve put some great special offers on to help you with your spring cuisine!

King Scallops - diver caught in Cornwall

King Scallops - diver caught in Cornwall

Don’t forget, you get free delivery with all orders over £60, and we’re bringing new lines in all the time, so keep checking our online shop.

Remember, fish is incredibly good for you, a making it a tasty and healthy choice to make for you and your family.

Keep in touch – we always love to hear from you. And make sure you are following us on Twitter or liking us on Facebook for all the latest offers, recipes and fishy banter!

Fish can help you lose weight!

April 27th, 2010

It’s true. Clever scientific people have said so!

exercise-and-fish-pic

We all know that the omega-3 rich oils in fish are very good for you - we talk about this on our website , but according to an anti-obesity study carried out by the Universty of South Australia a few years ago, these fish oils, combined with exercise can help improve the efficiency of exercise for weight loss.

Basically, volunteers who were given a diet rich in fish oil showed greater weight loss as compared to those who did not consume a fish oil diet. The conclusion was that exercise combined with the fish oil had a positive effect on the body shape and body composition of the participants.

Sooooo - as the summer months are fast approaching, and we are hoping that the weather will entice us to don rather less clothes, we at Fish Fanatics recommend you eat more fish, and do more exercise! (With advice from you doctor as appropriate of course :)).

We have some great offers still on til the end of April, including free delivery on orders over £30, so get ordering now!