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Wednesday, 1 April 2009

Fw: Food and Recipes.

What a load of old codswhallop you comments smell a bit fishy to me Yvonne.

31 comments:

jim davis said...

Lets Talk about said...
Not many people know this but you soon will cos' I am telling you aren't I. Back in the 60's I had a seafood stall outside the Target Pub as it was then, with a mate Jim Carruthers. Cockles, Muscles, Whelks, you name it we sold it. We purchased our stock From Bradley's Fish wholesalers near Feltham, and up to a couple of years ago they were still in business. One day whilst we were stocking up I got talking to a bloke from Notting Hill. Even in those days Jellied Eels were not cheap, and this fellow said, "why don't you make your own"? I told him that I didn't know how to. So he said I'll tell you how Tubby Isaacs does them. I was then all ears because back then Tubby Isaacs was a legend Re' his fish stalls up town and in particular his Jellied Eels. The key he said was, where as others used gelatin for the jelly, that was where Tubby was different he used whole cod's heads, eyes and all. He said not only did that make natural Jelly it also added more flavor to the eels. being a Scott Jim was really keen for us to make our own, and why not? more profit for us. We did not want Bradleys to know we had pretensions of making our own, so we put in an order for eels from the wet fish shop next to the Hanwell bus garage. When we went to collect them the bloody things were alive. Whist they were still alive you grabbed them behind their head with a towel in your hand so you got a good grip. Put a sharp knife just below the head, and proceed to cut them into the required sized pieces. Jim a big Scott weighing the wrong side of twenty stone, (280lbs to you yanks) bulked at the idea of doing that to a live creature, said "you can do that job jim" I said sod off I'm not doing it either" So we persuaded the fishmonger to do it for us. We had a lot of eels so it was taking some time to do. We were having a nice chat when suddenly I noticed that the heads that were dismembered were still opening and closing their mouths the same as those that were whole. When he told me they continue doing that till sundown I said "stop taking the piss." When he called a guy from the back of the shop and he said the same. With a lot of doubt still lingering in our minds we had to take his word for it. Anyway we went back to Jim's place and started the cooking, and do you know what. When we lifted a piece of eel out of the saucepan to see it it was cooked or not, now and again inadvertently we lifted a head out and the mouth was still opening and closing. That is spooky don't you think, and would you still jellied eat eels?

Steve L said...

Jim, Just for info Bradleys Fish Wholesalers are still in business and always seem to be busy but they moved to the North Feltham Trading Estate 2 or 3 years ago.

jim davis said...

Thanks Steve it has been forty odd years since I have been there, I must pay it a visit some time and stock my freezer.

yvonneh said...

Just had some pollock or colin for tea, first time i have tried it, supposed to be a substitute for cod, I thought it tasted like prawn it was very nice though and half the price of cod. Bought some lemon sole for tommorrow. But I poach that in milk and lemon juice.

tags said...

Enjoy your sole Yvonne...and a Happy Easter everyone!

jim davis said...

Yvonne about this Colin you had for tea? The fish I have had is Colley and that is not dissimilar to Cod, perhaps yours was that as well. There again if you were on first name terms, that would explain it. I have heard of a fish named Wanda, but not a fish named Colin.

tags said...

I think they come in pairs and Pollock is probably a posh name for 'em?

yvonneh said...

Jim, do you not read the papers. Sainsburys said that people were quite embarrassed asking for pollock, which dont come in pairs
Tags, ehem, so they decided to call it colin as the origional fish was called colan I think it was April 1st, Anyway changed my mind tonight , having stuffed mushrooms stuffed with black pudding and sausage meat and chicken wings, so if anyone sees a couple of wingless chickens flying about ithey were very tasty. Bit like me.

jim davis said...

What a load of old codswhallop Yvonne, your comment seems like a fishy story to me.

yvonneh said...

Which bit Jim, the flying chickens with no wings, the fish called colin, or me, careful how you answer this one. redneck!!!!!

jim davis said...

You know I wouldn't say anything to hurt your feelings Yvonne, well not much anyway. Dear oh dear I must be getting soft, please don't tell anyone.

yvonneh said...

oooooh JIM, am I getting to you at last, youre not going soft are you, the reason Ken has such a inner strength is that he has had to as we have been married 49 years in July and anyone who can put up with me all them years has to be special. one of the nurses said we were Tom and Jerry, but she refused to say who was who.

jim davis said...

I knew it Yvonne, I try to be nice and this is what I get. Have you ever considered Ken has just been scared of you all these years?

yvonneh said...

Good try Jim. You mustn't tar everyone with the same brush, scared of me are you, that'll be a first, I love jellied eels Jim, and all types of shellfish as well as fish itself. My mum used to select her eel from the barrel and they would cook it for her with the mash and green liquer, it was delicious. They used to do them in Clacton but it seems to have died out.

tags said...

Yvonne, there was a pretty good pie 'n mash shop in Walton-on-Naze which is just up the road from Clacton, I think it's still there.

yvonneh said...

Walton on the naze, has a great fresh fisnh shop in the high street where you can get every type of shellfish, when we lived in St Osyth we used to go there and have a plate of brown shrimps and winkles with bread and butter and a cup of tea. Didnt find the pie and mash shop though. Shame about the gates to Frinton but perhaps they will wake up now and realise that they live in the real world. They refused to allow an ice cream man on the beach, and only in the last couple of years did they allow a pub and a fish and chip shop. But they do have loads of charity shops and antique outlets. I think I know which the kiddies on holiday would prefer. Anyway I for one am sad to see the historic gates go, as according to the locals they kept the riff raff out.

tags said...

Aaaaah Bisto!
What's cooking today?

georgek said...

Lemon Sole,mashed potatoes,bread and butter.and of course, a cup of rosie lee,followed by bananas and custard,and after that, Joan saying,your turn to wash up!!

yvonneh said...

steak and kidney pud tags, made with mmmmmmaaaah bisto.
the last line of my last letter implied that I supported the riff raff statement, I most definitely dont, but I dont like to see our history distroyed.
It has been like a military exercise but we are going to Hayling Island on the 29th May to Warners Sinah Warren. Show Waddy Waddy is on. Do you remember their three steps to heaven, and the different coloured jackets, and creepers. We have had oxygen laid on for Ken and have hired a wheelchair accessible vehicle, as its not too far from home it gives Ken more confidence, our daughter and son in law are comming to help with him so all in all we should have a great time.

georgek said...

Went to a small hamlet called Fellxstowe Ferry on Sunday,a lovely spot,where you can get the ferry over to Bawdsey,where a Mr Watt invented Radar at Bawdsey Manor, any way thats enough about him,the reason we went to this hamlet is that it has these huts full of ice and fresh, just caught fish.We bought some Cod,Plaice and sole,and last night we had the Cod,it was so fresh it still had the hook in its mouth. Just Beautiful.

Lynn Smith said...

Being a veggie myself, I probably don't have the authority to comment on fish, but they say that the 'shed' at West Mersea is also good for fresh fish. They catch them and bring them into the back and clean and sell them at the front. You can book a table and take your own bread and wine to enjoy with your meal. Keep meaning to do it with mum on one of our Saturday trips, I think we have exhausted most other local places.

Tags said...

Hi Lynn and George,
George is that the ferry that used to run from Harwich to Felixstowe which I remember from my childhood?
I understand that it no longer is in service between those two points, but you can get cockles and whelks or a reasonably priced lunch of liver and bacon on Harwich Pier nowadays.
There used to be a pretty good old fashioned boiled sweet shop in Harwich too.

tags said...

Hi Yvonne,
Enjoy Hayling Island, we went twice when I was a kid. One time we stayed at a Convent and us kids got told off by the nuns, and another time we stayed at a B&B which had a donkey in the front garden.

georgek said...

Hi Tags,no, the ferry is a very small boat,takes about 6mins to cross and about 1 bike and 2 passengers,its that small.I havnt been to Harwich for a long time but that liver and bacon,Joan, guess where we are going next Sun.

Eddie said...

I seem to remember a seafood stall outside the White Hart many moons ago. Don't know who ran it but I'm sure there was.

yvonneh said...

Eddie Welcome to the site. I lived in Upfield Road, I used to have a friend in Greenford ave opposite the Doctors and Dentist, She had a built up shoe as one of her legs was shorter than the other, love to hear from her, her name was Iris Eames. Ialso remember the fish stall, we didnt buy much there though, we either waited for thebarrow to come round the streets on a Sat evening or we went to the market in windmill lane after we came out of Sat morning pictures at the Granada. Winkles, brown shrimps and cockles, a smashing tea with hunks of homemade bread, and my mums fruit cake, sitting round the fire, with the empty winkle shells sizzling on it and listening to the radio, Sports report. What memories.

jim davis said...

Yvonne please explain as I am intrigued, how did you mums fruit cake manage to sit round the fire?

yvonneh said...

Jim, I am not going to discuss my mums fruit cake with you it was too delicious. AND if you noticed I put a comma in there, as my teacher taught me. Did you have bets too, you never divulged that one, Makes me wonder how much we are owed, you mucky little boy.
nerr nerr na nerr nerr.

jim davis said...

Yvonne Dirty little boys are a bit like dirty little girls. There is not much fun to be had with the good girls, but boy oh boy you can with the bad ones.

yvonneh said...

Thats all right then as I was a good girl. Mucky little boys were those who you could grow potatoes in their necks. My mum had to scrub my brothers neck over the sink as she said it was the only time it saw a bit of water. I used to feel sorry for him as his neck used to be red for days and he had such dark skin. She was a stickler for cleanliness, she said we havent got much but we always have enough for soap and we always did. great chunks of Fairy green bars Hawkins used to cut a lump of a great big bar.
or san izal, not like your dainty soap these days. for washing up we had soda. I think the only nice smelling stuff in the house was my mums little pot of ponds cream. She used to wash our hair in Lyle soap to make sure we never had nits, and we didnt. So Jim I wasnt one of your mucky little girls. I just liked skipping, hopscotch and doing handstands up the wall

Crosby said...

Yvonne about this Colin you had for tea? The fish I have had is Colley and that is not dissimilar to Cod, perhaps yours was that as well. There again if you were on first name terms, that would explain it. I have heard of a fish named Wanda, but not a fish named Colin.