When it comes to perfect piscine partnerships, chef Carl Wilsher from The Mill House at Trebarwith has some inspired ideas for enduring marriages. We had a word in his shell and asked him to share his top fish and tips
A marriage made in Cornwall
According to Carl some ingredients, like mackerel and fennel, were made for each other and this June he intends to play matchmaker between the two. As part of a seven-course fish and seafood tasting menu he will be serving grilled mackerel fillet with roasted fennel and fennel puree. The fresh summery vibe will be further enhanced with the citrusy goodness of orange and a micro (baby leaf) salad.
Cornish crab is always a favourite, yet Carl sometimes likes to match his with breadcrumbs and clever spicing. Crab balls star in the opening course of his tasting menu, served with an Asian inspired roasted red pepper and kaffir lime leaf jam.
Loved-up on lobster
Carl believes that there’s never any reason to throw away the bony parts of crabs. With a little know-how they can lend great flavour to amazing sauces and soups. As part of his tasting menu he will be creating a tasty classic French bisque. The rich shellfish soup reveals all the goodness of local lobster and crab claw.
John dory is always something of a showstopper when it’s freshly pulled from the oven. The succulent white meaty flesh responds well to being roasted quickly. And it’s always delicious served with the simple goodness of a lemony beurre blanc sauce. Carl will be adding to that happy marriage with crab and roasted pepper crushed new potatoes and beautiful silky lobster tortellini.
And they all lived happily ever after…
The promise of golden days to come will be reflected in Carl’s summery pudding: a tangy glazed lemon tart with raspberry coulis and fresh berries. While the last course on his tasting menus will be hand-crafted petit fours…..although we’re not going to spoil the surprise by telling you what they are.
Of course, owner Mark Forbes will be on hand to do a bit of his own matchmaking, pairing an imaginative selection of wines to each course. You may want to book into one of the inn’s characterful rooms if you’re tempted to try all the tipples.