Four fish fans from our marketing department headed to My Fish Kitchen on Wednesday night to learn about Cornish fish, and the best ways to cook them.
Living in Cornwall fish can be found in abundance, but knowing which fish to choose and telling how fresh it is can be a problem. Annie Sibert, owner of My Fish Kitchen in Mawnan Smith, ran through some of the issues people face when shopping for fish, and offered helpful tips to make sure the fish they’re purchasing is the best it can be. News of depleting fish stocks and over fishing have been prominent over the last few years, and there has been a call for people to start shopping more sustainably. Annie insists the answer to shopping for sustainable fish is an easy one – shop directly from the fishmongers.
Megrim sole, haddock, mackerel and monk fish were on the menu for the evening, along with plenty of bread and a bottle of wine.
Learning how to fillet a fish was top of the activities for the evening, and once this essential skill was practiced the fish was cooked in a variety of manners. The mackerel fillets were eaten pan fried, a quick and easy fish pie was whipped up using the haddock, while the sole was shallow fried. Annie filleted the monkfish tail, created a tasty marinade, and grilled cubes of the fish on skewers.
The evening was a great success and the ladies went home full of filleting knowledge, full tummies and a ‘My Fish Kitchen’s How To Fillet Fish’ DVD so they can hone their new skills.
Everyone was in agreement that the fish evening would make the perfect Christmas present for a fish lover – hint hint!