|A Fishy on the Dishy (poor pun here)|
A Mackerel is shown not a Herring, no red herrings
Bacon and Herring in Suffolk
Bacon and Herring were the two main protein sources rural Suffolk used to rely on in it's daily diet. The part of the world where I am from West Suffolk was the pig production and processing area (not quite so much as it used to be compared to even 15 years ago). Lowestoft was one of the main East Coast centres of Herring fishing. A fish that provided the essential oils in the diet that now most people only experience in capsule form.
I have taken a picture of one of the plates of a non-matching set. I bought these from the factory shop of the Jersey Pottery, they were delivered by their agents who turned out to be a major high street department store. Back then, eight or nine years ago, this was a major saving on the high street prices. This was a spontaneous buy along with a set of soup/spaghetti bowls. There were eight different designs showing various different types of popular seafood from around the shores of Jersey. Herring sadly is not really commercially viable to fish as it was in the heyday of Lowestoft. When my nephew came to Sunday Lunch he was just starting to read. As the Roast beef was being put on his plate he noticed the picture and the script around the edge of the plate. We then had an impromptu marine biology experience as all the plates had to then be read and commented upon. My brother-in-law is an enthusiastic fisherman so suspect there were a few conversations going home in the car.
In a previous blog I detailed a Pork and Cabbage dish. Later in the day or tomorrow a recipe for Herring and one for Mackerel will appear in the Blog for 2pointfiveageofman.net.