Saturday, 8 August 2009

a bucketful of mackerel

Mackerel is a cheap, plentiful, sustainable fish, and when it is super fresh you can't beat it for flavour. We were give a big bagful of freshly caught mackeral by the skipper of the 'mary-kate' in Padstow. Which immediately made us think beach barbeque. We gutted the makeral and gave them a swish around in some olive oil, a squeeze of lemon, some chilli jam and a few sprigs of thyme.
I think camping brings out a certain make-do-and-mend in one, so the bucket had been making sandcastles all day, but was just the job for mackeral!

A sprinkle of sea salt, a disposable barbeque.

A spritz of lemon, and alot of napkins for sticky fingers.

We took a big bag of french bread, a bowl of ceaser salad a bag of fresh prawns and lots of cold wine down to the beach, and a good time was had by all, impromptu beach cooking at its best (and a little bit of a headache in the morning!!)


  1. Mmmm, it's making my mouth water!! Hope you had a lovely trip, I did think of you in all that rain! We didn't go camping in the end, settled for a couple of days with the folks in Devon - drier and infinitely more comfortable!

  2. Don't worry Kirsty, the sun shone on us in Padstow. With perfect weather and our very own Martha Stewart (Sarah) we had a wonderful time!

  3. AAAAHHHH thanks jacks very sweet of you!! however if you could see our house at the moment and me at the computer in my pjs you'd know that i am no martha stewart!! glad you're all back safe. xx

  4. As ever you are making me hungry! Cornwall looks lovely, I miss it this summer as we havent managed it down there. You do make everything look so lovely!