2015 Flashback 3: The FoodThursday 31st December 2015
This year saw the launch of three new retail products in the form of Captain Cat’s Ship’s Biscuits, The Mermaid’s Larder and Castaway Sea Herbs but the biggest changes have happened on the Street Food scene.
The Pembrokeshire Beach Food Company tackled a few new menu ideas this year including British calamari caught on the South coast aboard the Sparkling Star (dusted in Captain Cat’s Môr Seasoning, fried and served with sweet Chilli sauce) , Mega cod butty’s (a whole fillet of cod battered in Captain Cat’s batter and served in a toasted roll with mint mushy peas and lemon mayo) and the all time favourite, traditional fish and chips.
We took some time out to visit the oldest and wisest fish and chip connoisseurs in Pembrokeshire; Maggie and Steve from Browns chip shop in Pembroke. The late Connie Brown opened the chip shop in 1928 and worked there until she died in 2010 aged 102. Her family continue to run the thriving café in Main street and accepted Jonathan's request for work experience so he could learn how to make the worlds best fish and chips. I’d love to tell you the top tips we had from Browns but like all good family recipes, we have been sworn to secrecy.
What I can tell you is that for our first practice we set up a kitchen in one of our beach shacks in the yard and invited round our neighbours for a taste test. The boys from Talbot Timber gave our Captain Cat’s fish and chips the thumbs up and we went ahead and launched them at Hay-on-Wye book festival in the May.
by Dock Rock