If you have been curious enough to visit our "About Us" page, you would know that I have been sharing my life with a fabulous Scottish lady for almost 30 years and by the time you read this, it will be our 27th anniversary...so this is timely!
It just happened also that a Facebook friend, Franz Scheurer, foodie, photographer and whisky enthusiast extraordinaire, posted the above photo on his page, and the tiny inscription "Scrabster" on the left hand side, reminded me of an excursion to the fish market there a good 25 years ago, as I was going to treat my brother in law and his wife to a good dinner to thank them for their gorgeous hospitality. So, as we are all seafood lover, I mentioned to Jim if he knew a place where we could get some lobster. He said that we should drive to Scrabster, a good 45mns drive one way, although only 24kms away. See map below. Armadale is midway between Tongue and Thurso, Scrabster is the port.
We arrive in Scrabster, drive onto the wharf where all the fishermen are, as at the time there was not really a fish market as such, and we start asking around until somebody says: so, you want a lobster?
We will have to go and get one for you...I sat there a bit bewildered as the fisherman gets down in his boat, and drives away into the bay...Half an hour later, he comes back with a fish trap (masse in French) full of lobsters, and ask me to choose which ones I want! Talking about fresh and local...you can't beat it. So I chose a few, and was given a bunch of other fish for free - they were like soles, or yellow flounders but in fact were not. We cooked them for another dinner later in the week.
So, that is where this other Jim (Cowie) and his wife started this now world famous seafood restaurant!
Now, in another twist, Jim Cowie mentioned to me that he buys his wild salmon from James "Curly" Mackay who operates from Armadale, basically at the end of the road from where my brother in law lives! And, it gets better Jim Cowie buys his lamb from Jim! So, it all stays in the family and in this beautiful region of the World. Bon appétit!
To start the New Year in style, we have decided to try something new: a recipe on video!
I am no Jamie Oliver, so it won't have the wow factor associated with TV cooking shows or MasterChef.
So tell me what you think honestly and we will try to improve from what has been a "spirit of the moment" kind of thing. It is far from perfect, but it is based on a genuine recipe from my Mum, whose recipes "cahiers" I inherited a few months ago. This is my first attempt at sharing her knowledge and her passion for family cooking. She has been married to Dad for almost 65 years and cooked three meals a days for a family of four for a quarter of a century and then for Dad for the rest of those years, with the not so rare occasion when we would come and stay for a few days with our families!
And obviously, it was a time for celebrations and more elaborate cuisine for up to ten people at times...
Born in France, well travelled, relocated to Sydney in 1997.
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