I remember watching a programme on telly, can’t remember what but basically this rather well spoken cove was cruising down the Menai straits off Anglesey dredging for mussels. He pointed out to the cameras that Anglesey is the home of mussels. They are shipped all over the world, everywhere but here in the UK! A year or two later The Flame and I spent New Year in a cottage just off the beach in Red Wharf Bay. I asked our landlord where I could buy Anglesey mussels? He simply said “if you wait a couple of hours, I get mine from those rocks over there”. Well that was me sorted, the tide went down and there they where, great clumps of plump, purple mussels clinging gamely to rocks, glistening in the sun. I was in heaven.
Spare a thought for my humble home town of Newton-le-Willows. A small lump of coal of maybe 20,000 souls, nestled between the great metropolis’ of Liverpool and Manchester. Famous for it’s has been rock star Rick Astley and having the first bloke ever to be killed on a railway.
136 High St,
1-3 Clarence Street
Tel: 0161 237 9799
I don’t know what it is ever since watching Paul Hollywood make crumpets from scratch on telly I’ve always wanted to give It a go. I had never realised to be honest that you could make them, believing they were some mythical, hot, carrier of butter concocted in a secret den in the North by Warburtons. However at a loose end one Saturday afternoon I decided to give them a crack. The recipe below is by Paul Hollywood and makes about 10 crumpets. It pretty much worked. Greasing the rings is important as they can be a pain to get out, especially as the rings are hot. Mine seemed to come out a bit too thick but still tasted great and had a nice light fluffy texture inside. I served mine with some hot buttered, Morecambe bay shrimps slaverred on top, but ‘The Flame’ had scrambled eggs on hers and loved them as well.
What? A blog about the Black+Blum ‘Box Appetit’ Lunch box? Yep, it’s worth it, bare with me!