- Food Lovers Club

Something Rather Fishy

Sometimes it’s so good to have a break from meat, so let’s switch to ‘something rather fishy’. With recipes and tasty tips, from Tom Yum Seafood Soup, Spaghetti Vongole, to simple Salmon with seasonal Asparagus. Don’t be shellfish, read, cook and share.


Seafood - and eat it, deliciously


Tom Yum Prawn Soup

This looks quite a lot but it really is an easy dish serving 2 and ready in minutes,

You’ll need:

  • 750ml chicken stock
  • 3 or 4 good teaspoons of Thai Green Curry Paste
  • 2 desert spoons Thai Fish Sauce
  • Stokes Chilli Ketchup (glug to taste)
  • Lemongrass, 1 stalk, broken is a couple of places to release the flavour
  • 2 cm of fresh grated ginger
  • 6 lime leaves, (optional, but really nice)
  • 2 red chillies, chopped
  • The juice of 1 lime (or more to taste)
  • 8 fresh prawns, shelled
  • 2 fresh prawns, shell on
  • Coriander leaves to garnish

Here’s How:

  1. Add the curry paste, lemongrass, ginger and lime leaves to the boiling stock and simmer for 5 mins.
  2. Now add the fish sauce (for sourness), the chillis (for heat), chilli ketchup (for sweeter heat), lime juice (for sweet umami).
  3. Taste, season, adjust before adding the prawns. Once they turn from blue / grey to a beautiful pink, stir in half the coriander, taste and adjust – heat, sweet, sour.
  4. Serve with the shell-on prawns and remaining coriander to garnish.

Simply SalmonFrom the sublime to the ridiculously simple. Salmon steaks, twist of pepper, pinch of sea salt, squeeze of lime, grilled and served with a warm salad of British asparagus, tomatoes and rocket.

Now, just choose the mayo you want to enjoy with it (see below).

Spaghetti alle VongoleThis is as Italian as it comes and, as such, has simple ingredients that marry with ease and taste amazing – rather like Stokes! Serves 2 lucky diners.

You’ll Need

  • 500g small, sweet clams, lightly scrubbed clean (lose any open ones)
  • 2 big garlic cloves, crushed and sliced
  • 150ml white wine
  • 2 tsp of Stokes Dijon or English Mustard
  • 140g dried spaghetti
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • a good handful of chopped flat parsley

Here’s How

  1. Start cooking the pasta.
  2. Coat the garlic with good olive oil, salt and pepper. Cook gently until it just starts to brown.
  3. Add the clams. Pour in the wine. Lid on.
  4. After 3 or 4 minutes the clams will start to open.
  5. Give the pan a gentle shake until they’ve all opened.
  6. Take the pan off the heat. Discard any clams that haven’t opened.
  7. Drain the pasta, keeping about a cup of the cooking liquor.
  8. Add the pasta to the clams. Stir everything together with the parsley leaves and about half the cup of reserved pasta liquor (this will give a creamy thickness to the sauce. Add more if needed).
  9. Absolutely NO CREAM



Treat of the Week


Have you tried ‘mayonnaising‘, the latest foodie trend for Food Lovers?

When ordinary mayo just isn’t enough, the real stuff becomes deliciously – amayonnaising.Sicilian Lemon & Dill Mayonnaise

Release the Sicilian sunshine with this superbly rich and fresh mayonnaise. It has Sicilian lemon juice, aromatic chopped dill and is made with British free-range eggs. Garlic Mayonnaise

A Real Mayonnaise made with British free-range whole egg and real garlic puree. Perfect for those who crave the flavour and richness of a quality aioli. Delicious mixed into mash potato or as a dip for hot prawns.Habanero Chilli Mayonnaise.

A hot and spicy mayonnaise with fermented red habanero chilli and fragrant coriander for a real depth of flavour. All this wrapped in velvet-smooth mayonnaise.

But there’s more. Meet our full Mayonnaise Family HERE.

Wine Tasting - Cheers


If it’s good enough for the oysters, it’s good enough to share with friends.

A premium wine for friends who like the best in life. Oyster Bay captures the special character of New Zealand’s cool climate, making everyday wines an elegant treat.

Tasting Notes:

Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc (Premium New Zealand crispy white)

The philosophy of Oyster Bay is to produce fine, distinctly regional Super-Premium wines that are elegant and assertive, with glorious fruit flavours.

The simplicity of their Sauvignon Blanc is the pure joy you get from its stunningly aromatic tropical fruits and bright citrus notes, with a refreshingly zesty finish. (ABV 12.5%)

Available in most supermarkets and on-line.

Only Joking


No choking … we’re only joking.


Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime – Benjamin Franklin.

Knock-knock. Who’s there? Artie Fish. Artie Fish who? Artie Fish-al Intelligence!

Why are fish so easy to weigh? Because they have their own scales!

Where does a fish keep his money? At a riverbank!

What do you call a fish who practices medicine? A sturgeon!

What’s the difference between a piano and a fish? You can tune a piano, but you can’t tuna fish!

What do fish take to stay healthy? Vitamin sea!

What do you call a fish with no eyes? Fsh.