Fruits of the Sea

Nothing beats flapping fresh seafood landed on the Suffolk coasts yards from his kitchen for chef-owner Jonny of The Sail Loft in Southwold

UNSURPRISINGLY given that we are nestled under the dunes near Southwold’s lifeboat station that fish and shellfish are perennially popular with our diners. And when I can get seafood freshly-landed from a local boat in the harbour it is a real treat. When it comes to fish of all kinds I tend to favour keep it simple, less is definitely more. Old favourites are hard to beat, mussels marinière, shell-on prawns with aioli, classic prawn cocktail with a Bloody Mary twist, potted smoked mackerel, proper Adnams-battered fish and chips, the list of traditional faithfuls Sail Loft-style are always in demand.

Equally I like to play around on the specials board and do something a little more ‘cheffy’ albeit still keeping it all about the star attraction, perhaps lobster bisque risotto with herb buttered prawns and parmesan or roast hake with curly kale

This really is an easy dish to adapt to whatever seafood you have to hand. Pre-cook the fish and shellfish to suit what you have to hand before building the pie and you may need more or less of the sauce and the potato mash top depending on quantities. It’s up to you what seafood you choose, cod, smoked haddock, salmon, dogfish, cooked mussels, prawns, langoustines,

scallops, lobster

meat all work well – I go for 3 parts fish to 1 part shellfish. The mash, seafood and hard- boiled eggs need to be ready and hot when you start the sauce. (feeds 4 – 6) Pre-heat the oven to 180c. For the potato mash, simmer 1kg potatoes in their skins until tender, drain and peel when cool enough and mash with butter, seasoning and cream to taste. Prepare poached, skinned and

and mussel fricassée.

But when I am relaxing away from the stove, nothing is better than a family supper, soulful comfort food is always the order of the day. Nothing beats a bubbling, indulgent fish pie on a chilly spring evening, rich and light at the same time. If you are looking for great seafood, one of the best fish shops in East Suffolk is Chris Wightman at Maximus Fish in the grounds of Friday St Farm Shop (just off the A12 at Saxmundham on the Aldeburgh road IP17 1JX) or call Chris on 01728 605578. Or do one better, come and eat at The Sail Loft and pop down afterwards to one of the fishermen’s black sheds at Southwold harbour. Tuck into local fresh seafood! Enjoy, Jonny

Jonny Nicholson, Chef – Owner, The Bell At Sax’, Saxmundham and The Sail Loft in Southwold

Luxury Fish Pie

boneless fish and shelled shellfish of your choice, you need 1kg once prepared. Hard boil six large eggs, then peel and halve. For the sauce, you need to heat up gold top breakfast milk, I suggest 600ml is about right. Warm with a glug of dry vermouth, a teaspoon or two of Dijon-style mustard, a pinch of mace, a good splash of Worcestershire sauce, zest of a lemon and lots of seasoning to taste until simmering in a saucepan. Soften (not melt) a couple of tablespoons of butter on low in the microwave and mix with the same amount of cornflour to make a thick paste. Strain the milk into a clean pan, and over a low-medium heat, whisk teaspoons into the milk slowly simmering as it thickens until you have a rich, bubbling sauce texture. Finish by stirring in

a handful of shredded parsley leaves and roughly-chopped cornichons and capers.

Mix together two handfuls of fresh breadcrumbs, two teaspoons of English mustard powder and two handfuls of grated, strong cheese. Pour one third of the sauce into a deep ovenproof gratin dish, add in the seafood and the eggs on top. Pour over the remaining sauce. Using a spoon and fork, gently cover with the mash and then sprinkle over the cheesy crumbs. Bake for about 30 minutes until browned, bubbling and heated through.

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dementia Carers' Fund

OUR next matinee will be on Wednesday 15th May. This will be “A Star Is Born” starring Lady Gaga,

and Sam Elliott.

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entrance donation of £5, last tickets and those for the raffle are at 2.45pm for a prompt 3pm start for the film. We are very grateful to people who think of us and donate such nice prizes, we always need good prizes. The Points

of View Camera

Club of Cratfield held a photo exhibition on Saturday 13th and raised £199.54 for the funds of Halesworth Dementia Carers’ Fund. This money will be used for respite care for carers of people with dementia. Thank you for thinking of us. The HDCF community liaison team are busy with 5 new referrals for

our respite care service,

allowing family carers a short break from their caring role. With our focus to encourage Halesworth and the surrounding area to become a ‘dementia friendly community’, Alice, our Dementia Support Worker and Valerie,

information support

worker for Waveney, both working for the Alzheimer’s Society, have been

together with children by the

working at

Holton St Peter Community Primary School. The Dementia Friends session was well received


who showed great interest in knowing more about Dementia and how we can all help by understanding that people can live well with the condition. More children will take part in the awareness raising sessions during this term. We thank the Headmistress Miss Starkl and the

staff for engaging with

this project to make the school the first local school to be a ‘dementia friendly school’.

HALESWORTH Lions were delighted to support Becky Jones in her London Marathon run recently. She was running to raise money for The Sick Children’s Trust, a wonderful charity that supports parents and families at a time when their children face severe

Halesworth Lions President

illness. Lion

Halesworth & Southwold Community News May 2019 17 Southwold Civic Sunday

Parade & Church Service - May 26th

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presented Becky with a cheque for £1,000, with Lion Secretary John Wood and Past President Terry Harris in attendance.

SOUTHWOLD Town Mayor’s Civic Parade & Church Service to be held on Sunday 26th May at 11am at St Edmund’s Church, Southwold. The Civic Parade will leave the Market Place, Southwold at 10.25am to process to church for the service at 11am. Please come along to support the Town Mayor.


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