Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Billingsgate Market, in East London, is where you should go to get the freshest fish and seafood when you need some! It is open Tuesday to Saturday from 4am till 8am, and on Saturdays until around 9am.
Yes... u need to get up early for it! 

The freshness of the fish and seafood is of course unbeatable and once in a while, when I am courageous enough to head there on an early Saturday morning, I am never disappointed! The scallops are huge and so fresh. The salmon fillets are perfect for that sushi and sashimi dinner, and enough for another 2 meals ... and all at the best prices which means much cheaper than at the super market. 

One morning as I was contemplating on heading there on the coming Saturday, I decided to search online if there was any chance I could have the same produce delivered to my door instead of me having to make it all the way to Billingsgate Market ... and to my complete surprise ... I came across - It said: " Fresh seafood from Cornwall, delivered to your door!".

It was too good to be true!! As I browsed their website and read reviews, I was sold! I just had to try it! 
You can read more about their story by clicking on this link : Fishforthought - Our Story 

As there was an offer on first orders, I immediately started shopping online for what I wanted. The amazing thing is that there are also recipes available when you click on the product you want which is absolutely fabulous especially when you don't really know what you can do with that produce. 

For me, it was the clams. I have never bought clams in my life but looking through their recipe of 'Spaghetti Vongole' , it didn't sound too difficult, and I ordered a pack of 1kg of clams. 

And the results are as below!! Instead of spaghetti, I used linguini. Simple but oh-so- delicious! I served the linguini vongole with a piece of salmon ( also from Fishforthought) simply seasoned with salt & pepper, lemon juice and fried taking care that the skin is all crispy and wonderful! 
It was a real success I have to say :p hehe... 

I also bought some scallops from them and I will let the picture speak for itself... 
Seared scallops with garlic and white wine. 

Fishforthought, you found a friend in me. =D 

No more early trips to Billingsgate Market! Yay!! 

Instead, next day delivery options, smooth transactions and easy to unpack produce keeping all the freshness from the sea! 

To see how the delivery box came, keep reading ... 

My ice box came like this ... (pic below)...  it may not look very attractive, but once unpacked, the salmon fillet was huge and heavy, the clams were still alive as promised, and the scallops very fresh. Lucky me, I was also given a few freebies with my order : 2 plaice fillets and 2 pieces of salmon fillet. With the delivery, you are then sent an email with tips on how to prepare or keep the produce to keep their freshness for the longest. It definitely came in handy given the amount of salmon I had on my hands... :) 

Dealing with my whole Salmon Fillet in my little kitchen ^.^
As it can get messy and very fishy, I recommend covering work surfaces with plastic (in this case, Tesco plastic bags cut open ^^ ) and also keep candles close by as the smell will spread! 

Thanks a lot FishforThought for this amazing experience. I will be back for more I am sure! 
Let's cut that salmon now :D 


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