I'm not known for my love of seafood, however I do eat a small selection of fish.  

Recently a friend sent me a fish gift box to broaden my horizons slightly.

Until now my fish repertoire consisted of salmon, tuna steaks, swordfish, and scallops. With this limited selection I find that I can muddle through at a dinner party or fishy restaurant; they always offer one of those on my 'safe' list.

My fish box came from Coast and Glen.  In summary, fish is bought 'straight from the boat', processed that same day by hand and packaged up to be sent on to customers, again that same day.  

Fresh, sustainable, zero waste, amazing quality -- you can't ask for more than that.  Oh, and they are Scottish too :-)

It is all vacuumed packed, kept cool by a frozen bag, packaged in a polybox.  When the box is delivered it can be left unopened in a safe place should you not be at home -- it doesn't smell and keeps cool.

My gift box contained scallops, salmon, hake and crab.  

Coast and Glen Gift box

Coast and Glen Gift box

I've never tried hake or crab so they were the obvious first choice.  

Dinner on Saturday evening was a fishy affair....

Crab with chilli linguine

Cook your pasta as normal. In a large pan sauté finely chopped garlic and chilli in a little oil. Add a small cup of white wine. Simmer for a few minutes then add the brown crab meat.  Mix in the pasta, a little of the pasta water, the white crab meat. Season to taste.  Mix in some chopped flat-leaf parsley, plate up and serve with a lemon wedge and some parmesan shavings.

Crab Linguine

Crab Linguine

Pan-friend hake and chorizo on a bed of bean stew

Soak two types of dried beans overnight and cook the following day -- or use a tin of mixed beans (such as cannellini, pinto, kidney, haricot ).  Sauté a finely chopped onion; add a few teaspoons of smoked paprika powder; mix in the beans along with chicken stock and simmer for five mins.  Meanwhile chop up some chorizo and pan fry until crispy but not too hard.  Make some bread croutons too.  

Salt the hake and fry in a small amount of oil -- 4 mins each side; skin side first!  Place some bean stew in a bowl, the hake on top, sprinkle with chorizo and croutons.  

Hake and Bean stew

Hake and Bean stew

Both creations had a brilliant, fresh taste.

I love the idea of the Fish Box from Coast and Glen; and their vision.

Fish boxes are available weekly, fortnightly, or monthly and you can cancel at any time.  You can select items you do not want in your order, but the contents of the box is a surprise based on what is in season and what has been caught that day.

The price is not on a par with supermarkets, but neither is the quality.  You will receive amazingly fresh, tasty fish and seafood at a realistic price to support independent fisherman and farms.


Note: In the interests of disclosure, I have not been sponsored to write this post by Coast & Glen, nor anyone else.  I simply wished to document my experience with the fish box and hopefully inspire you to try too.



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