We are sharing Christmas this year with my vegetarian (but she does eat fish) sister-in-law and her two non-meat eating children. So I’m seriously thinking that this year we should ditch the traditional turkey and have a royal feast of fish. We won’t even be in Cornwall this year, but I’m confident that it won’t make a jot of difference. Fish For Thought assure me that they can deliver freshly caught Cornish seafood direct to where ever I happen to be. So, if we chose to gather somewhere remote and unorthodox for the festivities, if shouldn’t be impossible at all.
Christmas feasting tends to go one of two ways: either it’s a massive over indulgence of food, which we groan at our stuffing or quickly regret; or it’s a taste treat of fine and special food. So, I’m tending towards the later, thinking of celebrating with Fish for Thought’s Cornish lobster, crab and scallops, to name just a few!
Fish for Thought is a specialist online retailer based in Cornwall, selling only the finest fish and seafood. The company catches fish in Cornwall’s clear blue waters then delivers it straight to your door. The fish and seafood arrives super fresh with Fish for Thought’s founder, Paul Trudgian, claiming: “ You won’t get fresher unless you catch it yourself.” They also do all the fiddly prepping for you too and at Christmas that’s a real bonus.
Prices are competitive and the business has a real commitment to sustainability and ethical sourcing. They invest behind the leading projects in this area and are proud to be the first online retailer to achieve MSC (Marine Stewardship Council) accreditation. Paul and his team strive to offer the broadest range of Cornish fresh fish; they source directly from the very best local fishermen and they buy daily from every southwest fish market. By working so closely with the markets and the fishermen, Fish for Thought is able to deliver maximum freshness, quality and value for money. Furthermore, to help guarantee freshness, no fish is dispatched on a Monday.
Cornish Shellfish is arguably the best in the world and by working closely with the best fishermen and a range of top local suppliers; Fish for Thought is able to offer a continuous supply of the very best shellfish. Dedicated fishermen predominantly using small inshore boats land Cornish lobster and crab daily.
With sweet and succulent meat, they are selected and prepared for you on the day of dispatch. Lobster can be ordered live, or they can be cooked and prepared for you. Crabs are dressed or left whole should you prefer. For a simple, but delicious serving suggestion, Paul suggests simply warming lobster and trying it with mayonnaise, lemon juice and black pepper.
Other Christmas recommendations from Fish for Thought recommended by Paul at this time of year includes wild bass, MSC mackerel, Cornish sardines, monkfish, Dover sole and Pollock.
Paul recommends the following festive fish ideas: “Wild sea bass is the ideal Christmas day dish for those avoiding meat. I love it oven roasted, wrapped in foil with fennel, red onion, lemon and generous seasoning. Smoked fish is also available. Fish for Thought works with the award-winning Tregida Smokehouse on the north coast of Cornwall, and offers a range of delicious products including mackerel, whole kippers, kipper fillets and trout. Their finest Scottish smoked salmon has the Queen’s crest.
How to order Simply visit http://www.fishforthought.co.uk, and select the fish or seafood you would like.
Minimum order spend is £25 plus standard delivery charge £7.95. Free delivery for any orders over £100. Orders are dispatched on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. To guarantee freshness, there are no dispatches on a Monday. Last orders for Christmas is 18th December. Last dispatch date is 22nd December for delivery on the 23rd December. Remember to order early to avoid disappointment.
But if you decide not to order fish this Christmas you can buy a Fish for Thought gift voucher starting from £25. A perfect gift for any fishy foodie enthusiast that won’t disappoint them, guaranteed.
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