Manx Shearwater (640x427)An amazing day at sea today (Sunday 22nd June) first up spotted a very large male Bottle Nosed Dolphin traveling at speed.

We saw lots of Manx Shearwaters the most so far this year.

Finally, a lone Storm Petrel, unfortunately it was being badly harassed by both Herring and Black Back Gulls, let’s hope it managed to evade them… you can read more about storm Petrels here.

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Mint, cucumber and fresh peas make a wonderful summer soup that can be served either hot or cold.  It could be served with fresh crusty bread and sea lettuce butter as a light lunch or supper dish but we will be serving it this Sunday 15th June 2014 as part of our three course lunch on one of our Day Courses.

Soften a chopped onion in butter until soft but not brown, add a peeled, seeded and chopped cucumber stir over a medium heat for a minute or two.  You could add a glass of white wine at this point if you wish.  Then add about a litre of vegetable stock together with the shelled fresh peas, a pinch of sugar, white pepper and fresh mint to taste.  Bring the soup up to the boil add a peeled and diced potatoe or two if they are small, then simmer partially covered until the potatoe is cooked.

Puree the mixture and or pass it through a sieve.  Return it to the rinsed saucepan and stir in cream, warm though and check the seasoning.  It’s usually at this point that our guests are encouraged to try a little dried edible seaweed as a healthier option than salt.

A swirl of cream and a couple of mint leaves make a lovely garnish for this soup whether you have chosen to serve it hot or cold.  Hope you enjoy it….

other soup recipes can be found here

 

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Sea Cabbage or Silverwhips…

May 28, 2014

Sea Cabbage or Silverwhips as they are know as here in Staithes or more commonly known else where as Wild Cabbage ‘brassica oleracea’. This plant transforms Staithes into a riot of yellows… greens… with a hint of purple during May. Even when the sea fret is present, which can be often at this time of […]

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Kittiwakes

May 22, 2014

The last couple of days have been spent watching kittiwakes collecting nesting materials from the foreshore here in Staithes.  At one point the kittiwakes were even taking material from a herring gull’s nest,  while the herring gull put up a fight the kittiwakes continued to pinch it’s nest.   A quick count of  nests on the […]

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Goldcrest

April 4, 2014

It’s not just us humans who get disorientated in this foggy weather we are experiencing here on the coastal edge of the North York Moors National Park, it’s the wild life too.  Sean’s just phoned from sea, he’s got lots of  goldcrests taking a rest on board his boat ‘All My Sons‘.  One of them […]

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Lots of layers of clothing…

April 3, 2014

If you are joining us for a day on the foreshore lots of layers of clothing are best, as this is the north east coast of England after all. I did start off  with mittens as well, you can just see them peeping out of my pocket, but got to warm…:) Both coat and jumper […]

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Home made soup

March 28, 2014

After a morning spent on the foreshore on one of our Coastal Craft or Ancient Paint Palette Day Courses look forward to a mug of home made vegetable soup with fresh crusty bread and Tricia’s special lobster and seaweed butters. Carrot and Coriander will be next on the menu, in the style of Elizabeth David, […]

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Holy Mackerel…! Fishing and Foraging off the coast of North Yorkshire…

March 26, 2014

Here’s the video we mentioned in a previous blog post, it was filmed in August 2013 together with Martin Dunford (Cool Places), Josh Sutton (Guy Rope Gourmet)  and Jules Brown  (North York Moors National Park & Cool Places) and a film crew (Audere TV).  Hope you enjoy it… If you are interested in learning about […]

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