Bloaters with black pudding and garlic greens

Not a common breakfast option but then most people aren’t nutritionists and this is just how I eat!

I have recently started a barter system with a client, not premeditated at all it just evolved. I often bring goose eggs to the house or an ostrich egg if I can find one! In return I get rhubarb from the allotment, Walnuts form Andreas, vogue, country life and Donna hay magazines etc,

So I was over the moon to receive bloaters in exchange for stinging nettles!

What is a bloater?

Succulent whole Herring cold smoked over oak in our brick kiln ovens in the traditional way. 

The Bloater is a less salty and less intensely flavoured cousin to the kipper with a slightly more “gamey” flavour. 

Where can I buy bloaters?

You generally have to order them as they are not everyone’s cup of tea or in great demand.

Try here

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What you will need:

2 bloaters

gluten free black pudding

Spring Greens, kale or Cavelo Nero

3 Garlic cloves

sat salt and black pepper

coconut oil

1 medium white onion

1 Heritage tomato

What to do:

What to do with your bloater:

The bloater will need gutting and then washing before either grilling or frying!

I decided to fry mine as I have a new le Creuset casserole dish and no grill and its lockdown so I’m using it a lot and I am stronger for it.

On a low heat with some coconut oil, onions and garlic I placed my bloaters and attentively turned making sure the skin did not stick.

I threw in some spring greens and more garlic and finished it all off with a black pudding because you just cant have a fish of this caliber without a black pudding!

Say what you will, I love them just as much as you all love your vices!

Serve with a glass of champagne or Prosecco if you’ve run out and and sip delicately in the sun!

I had bloaters for my 40th birthday at the beginning of lockdown! It was a birthday I had certainly not expected but as you can see form the photo below I made the most of it!

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