Saturday, 26 July 2014

Fruits of the sea

After our few days camping in Dorset and Cornwall last week, we stopped by at our very lovely friends in Dartmouth for a couple of nights.  Ed is a bit of a foraging legend, especially when it comes to coastal fodder, so we were really excited about the prospect of some fresh seafood.  Oh my, were we not disappointed!  Welcomed with an amazing dinner of smoked pollack and spinach quiche (pollack caught and smoked by his own fair hand, with home-grown spinach) eaten in the great outdoors.
Our hosts had kindly taken time off work the following day, so we had a great walk along the coast to Blackpool Sands for lunch at the Venus Cafe (seriously yummy food here), then a cheeky bus trip back (oh how the boy loves the bus, second only to trains!).

The chaps then nipped out to check Ed's pots (two crabs, two lobsters - winner!), then a late-afternoon trip down to Bantham sands for a spot of prawning and a tea-time picnic.  


Actually the  menfolk did most of the foraging whilst Milly and I splashed around in the shallows and did a lot of digging with the boys - I love playing on the beach so much and sand is such a treat after our usual southsea stones and shingle!  I did try to catch a few shrimps but managed a grand total of 7 before the boy wanted me to do more digging!
But the prawners did considerably better, just enough to cook up on the beach and delicious with bread and butter.  Mmmmm, prawns...

Back home with happily tired, prawn-full and filthy toddlers.  With them bathed and bedded, it was time for lobster and bubbles for the grown-ups.  
A heavenly end to a perfect day in the company of great friends.

Kate x

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