Off the hook

Seafood Friday, healthy eating. Omega three, squid, fast food,

A fishy tale

What better day to write a blog than Seafood Friday? Well, a blog pertaining to sumptuous scallops, perfect prawns and the fishy tales that surround them. Seafood and fish are fast foods, filled with lovely Omega 3 oils, low in calories and a perfect addition to your healthy eating regime. This blog is about the robust people who catch, clean, fillet and finally present them artistically, for your perusal and purchase. Didn’t quite get to publish it last week, but better late than never.

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A fishy tale

I first met Dan the Fish Man reclining against the side of his van, enjoying the sun on The Quay at Appledore. “Can I write a blog about you?” I enquired. Dan fixed me with his twinkling gaze, reminiscent of a cross between Father Christmas and Captain Birdseye. At that moment a group of prospective customers approached. Fired into action, Dan enquired as to their needs. “Carry on serving that lady” the gentleman replied. “We do business together” was Dan’s retort. Well! the customers eyed me with knowing, if I was younger, I would have blushed, but being an old trout I took it on the chin. Dan is renown for his banter as well has his fish, an attraction which keeps his customers returning time after time.

The soft sell

Dan is an ardent man. Ardent in his love of fish, the fishing industry, food, wine and I suspect, many others things which are not suitable for this blog. Original hailing from Hampstead, Dan moved to Clovelly, North Devon in 1979. Having been a lobster and crab pot fisherman, Dan has been involved with the high seas for many years. He has also become something of a local celebrity, making many appearances on ITV and even being involved with Masterchef Professionals. He recalls a huge blunder he made while being filmed for a TV programme when he mentioned his now wife, by name. “Only problem was”, he chortles “I used my first wife’s name”. I wonder what was proffered as a peace offering?

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Quayside banter

Most of Dan’s fish is landed at Appledore fish dock, where he is part of a co-operative. Specialising in local fish and seafood, as a micro buyer he is able to support the local community by purchasing his stock from local fisherman , You will not find fish bought from auctions, fish that has been frozen or foreign exotics on Dans stall only the very best, fresh, local fish. Dan just loves anything to do with the sea and also keeps up his involvement with the RNLI .

Dan Garnett will regale you with tips and tasty recipes, for storing and cooking your fish and seafood. he can be found Farmers Markets in Tavistock, Crediton and Dulverton as well as various other locations, during the summer months. Fish can also be purchased from Appledore Fish Dock, by prior arrangement. Why not pop along to FOODfest 2019 at Barnstaple Pannier Market on Sunday 20th October 10.00 – 3.30pm and see Dan in action.

Meanwhile here’s a quick and easy recipe, from my kitchen, using Dan’s fresh salmon fillets:


Jan’s speedy Salmon Fillets.

  • Place two Salmon Fillets on a microwaveable dish
  • Cover with three tablespoons plain, unsweetened Greek Yoghurt
  • Sprinkle with Fennel seeds, fresh dill, parsley or herb of your liking
  • Allow to stand, covered, for 30 mins.
  • Place, covered, in microwave on 60% power for 5mins.
  • Allow to stand for 10 mins.
  • Serve with Veg or Salad.

To find out more about Dan the Fishman Click the link to visit his web site.

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TRUFFLEicious was an independent business based at Great Chalfield, Wiltshire, in a stable we converted into a 5* hygiene registered kitchen, within the grounds of Great Chalfield Manor. Wiltshire In January 2019 I moved to Appledore, North Devon, UK, where as well as cooking I have also built & maintain a local food & drink blog web site for small businesses & visitors alike. My new site is a non-profit website. Having worked as a cook for more than 40 years mainly in private family houses for Polo functions and at Harrods. “My aim is to supply & blog about the benefits of 100% Homemade foods made from my own original recipes and containing fresh, natural, local ingredients, which contain NO nasties”. Visit my website: I have wealth of experience behind me, encompassing a broad range of cookery techniques & original own recipes. I also write a blog, giving recipes, cookery tips & dealing with what to do with your leftovers & also food & nutrition blog (Low FodMap Diet) "Paws for Thought" I was invited to The Great British Food Festival, Bowood House, Nr Calne, Wiltshire on August Bank Holiday Monday 2017 where I gave a cookery demonstration on Gluten Free Cakes. Media Interviews: BBC Radio Wiltshire Graham Rogers Morning Show. Love your leftovers 26.12.18 BBC Radio Wiltshire. The Social. Sue Kinnear & Tim Weaks 17.12.2018 BBC Radio Wiltshire. GBBO Tech Challenge. Rachel Houghton morning Show 27.11.18 I will also be on the Sue Davis show, BBC Radio Wiltshire, for 6 weeks in October 2017 sharing my recipes on food leftovers. The Marie Lennon Morning Show. BBC Radio Wiltshire. Tues 12th December 2017 talking about making chocolate Truffles for Christmas. Chatting with Holly Rattley about my blog in the Kitchen at BBC Radio Wiltshire on Thursday 28th December 2017 & demonstrating what to do with those Christmas leftovers. BBC Wiltshire also featured me on "The Social" with Sue Kinnear & Tim Weeks in Dec 2018 chatting about building my websites & social media. TRUFFLEicious/FoodiesDevon is registered as a food business with Torridge Council & our Scores on the Doors are 5*. We hold current public & product liability insurance & Food Hygiene Certificate. I am an avid user of social media & you can follow me any FB, five accounts, twitter five accounts, Instagram, four accounts. View my profile on LinkedIn.

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