Have you made your fish switch yet?

We are delighted that trout is yet again being incorporated into Sainsbury’s annual Switch the Fish campaign.  Thank you Sainsbury’s.     If you ask for salmon at the fish counter, you will be offered trout instead and  various trout products will be discounted by 20%. If you have not tried trout before, or even if you need a bit of inspiration, why not look at our website, www.britishtrout.co.uk, where we have plenty of recipe ideas from simple grilled trout to more elaborate dishes if you are in the mood to cook something a bit different.    Trout has a delicate sweet flavour so is popular with children and adults alike.  Trout is also classed as an oily fish – high in omega 3 essential fatty acid -and is rich in vitamin D – the ‘sunshine vitamin’ which can help to boost our mood – so plan to eat trout regularly to keep you and all the family in tip top health.


Trout and Ginger pair perfectly in a Springtime Salad

Fresh trout on a bed of rocket with a ginger salad dressing

With the 1st of March officially heralding the start of spring, it’s time to ring the changes in the kitchen.

Why not refresh jaded winter palates with this zingy spring salad? With peppery rocket and a ginger-infused salad dressing, this healthy dish celebrates new-season freshness.

Low in fat but high in protein, trout – the key ingredient – is sustainably farmed right here in Britain. As an easily digestible food, it helps keep you fuller for longer making this salad a clever choice for lunch – especially as its quick to prepare.

As an alternative to rocket, why not try watercress? This peppery leaf packs in more calcium than milk and more iron than spinach as well as being rich in fibre, antioxidants and vitamin C.

 

Makes 4 servings:

Ingredients

15ml/1 tbsp olive oil

115g/4oz trout fillet, skinned

grated rind and juice of 1/2 lime

1 yellow (bell) pepper, finely chopped

1 red (bell) pepper, finely chopped

1 small bunch fresh coriander (cilantro), chopped

115g/4oz rocket (arugula) / watercress

115g/4oz smoked trout ground black pepper

For the dressing

15ml/1 tbsp sesame oil

75ml/5 tbsp white wine vinegar

5ml/1 tsp soy sauce

2.5cm/1in piece fresh root ginger, peeled and grated

Preparation

1 Heat a griddle pan, brush it with the oil, then fry the trout fillet for 5–8 minutes, until it is just cooked. Lift the fillet out of the pan and place it in a shallow bowl. Flake the trout into bite size pieces, sprinkle the lime rind and juice over and set aside.

2 Make the dressing by mixing the sesame oil, vinegar, soy sauce and grated root ginger in a small jug (pitcher). Whisk thoroughly until the dressing is well combined.

3 Place the chopped yellow and red peppers, coriander and rocket/watercress in a large bowl and toss to combine. Transfer the salad to a serving dish.

4 Using kitchen scissors, cut the smoked trout into bite size pieces. Arrange the smoked trout and griddled trout fillet on the salad. Sprinkle with black pepper. Whisk the ginger dressing again and drizzle it over the salad before serving.

Affordable and easy to prepare, British trout is widely available across the UK in supermarkets, fishmongers, delicatessens and farm shops.

For more information and trout recipe ideas, visit www.britishtrout.co.uk

 


James Martin’s favourite freshwater fish : trout!

We at the British Trout Association were delighted that top tv chef, James Martin, pronounced trout his favourite freshwater fish in yesterday’s episode of his new BBC 1 series Home Comforts.  In case you missed the programme, follow this link http://goo.gl/J6Yoop to the BBC iplayer.

 

James Martin is using  ingredients sourced close to his home for the show, and visited Hampshire trout farm, Franklyns Fish Farm, where father and son team, Anthony & Nick Gay,  have been rearing beautiful rainbow trout in the mineral rich waters that bubble up through springs in the chalk bed rock for nearly 40 years.

 

James  prepared the fish fairly simply! – although your own wood fired oven is not required as this can just as easily be cooked in a conventional oven, producing a meal quick enough for a mid week supper, yet equally suitable for a dinner party : roast trout with salsa verde and potatoes    We like the inclusion of tarragon and mint in the sauce, which James quite rightly says would be equally tasty with poached trout.

 

If you need further inspiration on what to do with trout, our website is full of recipes for this versatile and omega 3-packed fish, readily available through major retailers, fishmongers and farm shops.

 


What to serve a visiting President who lives in the gastronomic capital of the world?!

L-R: First Lady Michelle Obama, French President Francois Hollande, U.S President Barack Obama (via www.scmp.com)

As noted on our blog just a few weeks ago, French President Francois Hollande was entertained by Prime Minister David Cameron to a lunch comprising a selection of locally sourced quality British produce at the Swan Inn, Oxfordshire, with locally produced fillet of Bibury Trout featuring on the menu.

We can now report that a fashion for trout appears to be taking hold in the realm of diplomatic entertaining! At a White House state dinner last Tuesday 11th – which marked the first formal visit of a Head of State to the United States in two years – President Barack Obama presented the French Premier with smoked trout hors d’oeuvres, courtesy of U.S. trout producer Ducktrap River of Maine.

Could it be that the health benefits of trout are boosting its reputation as the food of choice for world leaders?  Packed with omega-3 fatty acids, trout is great for the brain and helps boost memory power. Or is it that a diet including trout helps towards a healthy heart whilst providing essential vitamins and minerals.  We think it most likely simply because trout tastes delicious and from experience, it always impresses our guests!

Whatever the reason, BTA are thrilled to see quality trout being showcased as a premium product on menus at high level events. Member of the US House of Representatives, Chellie Pingree, clearly agrees: “I’m glad the President and First Lady are showcasing small farmers’ produce for this meal, and I’m especially proud that Maine smoked trout will be the first thing the French President tastes tonight.”

Ducktrap River of Maine has been producing the finest smoke trout for over 35 years. They use a blend of local hardwood and fruit woods, including maple, oak, apple and cherry, to give the trout its distinctive flavour.

On this side of the Atlantic, we have plenty of equivalent companies’ producing top quality fresh and smoked trout products.  We also give 100% support to the idea of Government serving up local farm produce. Look for a list of suppliers of British Trout via our member listings.

Trout products are available nationwide through the multiple retailers, fishmongers, at farmers markets and specialist delicatessens and via mail order on line.

British trout not just delicious but is also affordable and easy to prepare. Why not check out some of our latest recipes for inspiration?

We hope to bring you news of trout featuring on the menu at Buckingham Palace shortly…

 


The Tesco Trout Story

We thought we would share with you a short film that has just been posted to the website of the UK’s largest multiple retailer – Tesco.

Dawnfresh Seafoods Ltd, the UK’s largest single trout processor, supply a variety of different trout products to the multiple retailers and recently hosted a visit by Tesco to their site at Loch Etive in Argyll on the west coast of Scotland.

Filmed as part in the video clip, Dawnfresh Farming Saltwater Manager, Sean Lydon, notes, “the fresh water [that flows in from River Etive, Inverliver River and the Kinglass] gives a low salinity and with the high-oxygenated water from the fast currents, we get a beautiful fish. From where our harvesting commences in Loch Etive to the fish ending up in the store in Tesco is a journey of two to three days.”  We certainly agree on the beauty and freshness (and taste!) of trout products and if you have not already done so we thoroughly recommend you go in store and ask either at the fish counter or in the chilled section for information of what all trout products are on offer.

You can watch the video clip here:

The video appears on the Tesco website – so why not watch the clip and then shop online  – one of the fastest growing retail sectors in the country.  The website also lists six (quick and easy) delicious trout recipes, so all you need is to follow the link and with a couple of  “clicks” the question of what you have for dinner is resolved.

Our thanks go to those at Dawnfresh and Tesco for sharing this video clip with us, and for providing a further insight into the freshness, product quality and fully traceable supply chain of farmed British trout.