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Marinated Sardines

Marinated sardines

Don’t waste your money on buying expensive marinated anchovies from the supermarket, Cornish sardines are big, fresh and juicy at this time of year, so get yourself down to your fishmongers and give these a go yourself. You really must make sure that the fish you use is fresh for this dish.


4 large sardines

half cup seasalt

250ml red wine vinegar

Freshly ground black pepper

A handful of finely chopped fresh parsley

Half a white onion, sliced

1 garlic clove, minced

100ml good extra virgin olive oil

A handful of cherry tomatoes to garnish


1. Gut, clean and fillet the sardines so that you’re left with 8 fillets

2. Rub the sardines with the salt so that they’re all covered, then place on a dish and leave in the fridge for half an hour

3. Transfer the salted sardines in to a bowl and pour over the onions and vinegar. The sardines must be completely submerged in the vinegar. If they’re not. add in some more vinegar then leave in the fridge for 24 hours.

4. Remove the onions from the bowl and leave to one side.

5. Run the sardine fillets under a tap in order to remove the salt and vinegar, then dab dry with a paper towel.

6. Mix together the olive oil, parsley and garlic and pour on to a dish. Rub the sardines in the mixture and ensure that they’re completely coated.

7. Sprinkle over the onions and some of the chopped cherry tomatoes

Serve with some flat bread and a nice cold glass of white wine.

Enjoy 🙂


Pan fried Mackerel, Fennel and Green apple salad with lime oil

Turning Leaf have created the ultimate summer recipe, inspired by its Pinot Grigio wine. The crisp and fruity wine goes really well with the pan-fried mackerel and the fennel and green apple salad makes it really fresh and light – the perfect dish for a summers lunch. The recipe was created as a collaboration between Turning Leaf winemaker Stephanie Edge and culinary artist Esther Röling – we gave it a go ourselves (substituting the green apples with Braeburn) and thought it pure genius!

Ingredients & Instructions: 

Lime oil:

2 limes

50 ml lemon oil

Use a peeler to remove the zest of the limes. Only remove the green, avoid peeling the white pith. Cut the peel into small squares.

Bring water to a boil and add the zest and remove after 20 seconds. Repeat once more with fresh water. Add the zest to the oil.

Fennel and green apple salad:

2 bulbs of fennel with tops

Juice of ½ a lemon

2 tbs extra virgin olive oil

A pinch of salt

1 green apple, cut into thin sticks

Remove the green tops from the fennel and keep aside. Slice the fennel as thin as possible (if available use a mandolin). Toss the fennel with the lemon juice, fennel tops, olive oil, salt and half the apple. Leave in the fridge to soften for about half an hour. Keep the other half of the apple aside in the fridge.


4 fillets of mackerel

1 tbs olive oil

Salt and pepper

Warm up a frying pan medium hot. Add the olive oil to the pan. Season the mackerel with salt and pepper. Place the mackerel, skin side down in the pan and carefully push it down to prevent the fish from curling up. Turn the fish after 3 minutes and cook it for another minute flesh side down.


1 tbs poppy seeds

12 dill tops

Place a bit of the fennel in the middle of a plate. Put some apple sticks and dill around the fennel salad and drizzle with a bit of the lime oil. Scatter the poppy seeds over the apple. Place the mackerel on top of the fennel salad.