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Langoustine Skewers with Chilli Garlic Dressing, Rocket and Mange Tout Salad

ISSUE 6 ARCHIVE - COOKING THE CATCH

Andrew Maxwell

Langoustine Skewers with Chilli Garlic Dressing, Rocket and Mange Tout Salad

With the credit crunch getting crunchier by the day, and the world generally self destructing around us, I have decreed that the best thing for us all to do, is to go diving.

In fact, this is quite a sensible suggestion. The reason for this is that (as I have emphasised so much in previous editions of "Cooking the Catch") the cheapest and often most flavoursome and wholesome way of living is to source produce locally and seasonally. This means that there is absolutely no need to go to your local supermarket and buy fish. Get yourselves out to Wraysbury, dig up some of the local crayfish and mussels, and bon appetite. (Ok perhaps not Wraysbury then, but you get the gist).
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There have been numerous articles in the press since my last feature about the environmental impacts of humans on the oceans – how the salmon farming industry is affecting the UK seal population (see www.sealaction.org for more of the gory details). And I am sure you have all seen the story about Sammy the Whale Shark who was captured by (sorry no, strayed into the waters off the coast of) a large aqua park in Dubai.

I am not going to get on my soap box this time. I think we all know the story so no need to rant on about it.

Instead, I have been doing a bit of research and would like to offer you a bit of useful information about what fish is good to buy and when.

With the help of various trade publications I have been able to put together the following reference chart for you.
    The Best Options (From sustainable stocks)

  • Brown crab
    Pot caught from south Devon or Scotland are the best options
    Best Eaten: July – March

  • Langoustine
    West coast of Scotland, or any MSC Certified fishery. Avoid Spanish and Portuguese
    Best Eaten: July – February

  • Mussels
    Rope grown or hand gathered only
    Best Eaten: October – March

    The Next Best (From sustainable stocks)

  • Cockles
    MSC Certified or hand gathered. Do not use dredge-caught
    Best Eaten: October – March

  • Gurnard (Red and Grey)
    Any UK waters
    Best Eaten: Sept – March (Grey), October – May (Red)

  • Pollack
    Otter trawl and hand line
    Best Eaten: March – December

  • Sardines
    Cornish are the best
    Best Eaten: September – February

  • Sea Bass
    Line caught. Avoid pelagic trawled
    Best Eaten: July – February

  • Spider Crab
    Pot caught from any UK waters
    Best Eaten: August – March

  • Squid
    Jig caught. Never buy trawl caught!
    Best Eaten: All year
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    Buy Occasionally (Fish in danger of becoming unsustainable owing to environmental management or stock issues)

  • Haddock
    North Sea or NE Arctic. Avoid from Faroes and west Scotland
    Best Eaten: March – February

  • Lemon Sole
    Otter trawl caught only
    Best Eaten: September – March

  • Lobster
    European and Canadian pot caught only
    Best Eaten: October – July

  • Mackerel
    MSC Certified handline fisheries in SW England and drift net in Hastings. Avoid large pelagic trawled
    Best Eaten: All year

  • Monkfish
    SW England. Avoid northern UK and NW Spain and Portugal
    Best Eaten: All year

  • Plaice
    Otter trawled from Irish Sea or gill/seine net from North Sea. Avoid West English Channel, Celtic sea, SW Ireland and West Ireland
    Best Eaten: April – December

  • Dover Sole
    Use nothing other than MSC Certified from Hastings fleet trammel net fishery, within East English Channel
    Best Eaten: July – March
Aquamarine Silver
    Buy Less Occasionally (Fish in danger of becoming unsustainable owing to environmental management or stock issues)

  • Atlantic Cod
    Wild caught from NE Arctic, Iceland, west English Channel, Bristol Channel, SE Ireland and Sole. Avoid wild caught from all other areas
    Best Eaten: March – January

  • Ling
    Handline from Faroes. Avoid all other
    Best Eaten: All year

    Avoid (Fish from unsustainable, overfished, vulnerable and/or badly managed stocks or with high levels of 'by-catch.')

  • Herring
    Avoid from South Clyde, West Ireland and Great Sole fisheries. Buy from Norwegian stocks
    Best Eaten: All year

  • Turbot
    Wild caught only
    Best Eaten: All year
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On to Cooking The Catch: Langoustine Skewers with Chilli Garlic Dressing, Rocket and Mange Tout Salad

Ingredients

To make 6 skewers:
  • 24 uncooked Langoustines, shelled
  • 3 thick slices wholemeal bread, crusts removed
  • 80ml extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 7g flat leaf parsley, finely chopped
  • finely grated zest 1 lemon
  • 1tsp sea salt
  • black pepper
  • lemon wedges
For the chilli garlic dressing:
  • 2 chillies, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 tbsp palm sugar
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 3 tbsp lime or lemon juice
  • 3 tbsp Thai fish sauce
For the rocket and mange tout salad:
  • 1 bag rocket
  • sesame oil
  • 100g (4oz) mange tout, blanched

Method:

Soak 6 wooden skewers in water for 30 minutes. (This will help to prevent them from burning when you cook them). Pre-heat the oven to gas mark 6, 200ēC.
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Place the bread on a baking sheet in the oven for 10–15 minutes until lightly golden brown. Remove from the oven and allow to cool. When cold place in a food processor and blend into breadcrumbs.

Place the olive oil and langoustines in a bowl and toss together. Add all the remaining ingredients (including the breadcrumbs) and mix well so that each one is coated in crumbs. Cover and chill for 30 minutes.

Pre heat the grill. Thread and curl 4 langoustines onto each skewer so they are a neat round shape. Place on a baking sheet and cook for 2 minutes each side or until golden brown.

To make the chilli sauce, place all ingredients in a bowl and whisk well to mix. Toss the rocket and mange tout in a little sesame oil to give it a shine. Arrange on individual serving plates with 2 langoustine skewers. Serve the chilli dressing separately.
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