This months ‘Learn to love fish’ workshop

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We were at a primary school in Crowle recently, working with a very large group of children aged between 3 and 7.

First we did our usual presentation to the school, which is designed to teach the children about the importance of a healthy diet and how introducing seafood can benefit the way our brain and body functions.

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Then we did something a bit different, which was to bring some whole fish in for them to touch and feel. We gave the children an opportunity to see how the fish move and the different parts of the fish and how they are all different.

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The children responded really well and were fascinated by the fish, particularly the monkfish!

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We took some fish for them taste! A nice mixture of smoked salmon and smoked mackerel dips with crudités. Some prawns, salmon, haddock, lemon sole and plaice. All of the children had a taste and when asked they scored most of the things they tried 10/10!

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We had such a brilliant time and the kids seemed to really enjoy it! Hopefully they learned something and will take the information away with them. It would be lovely if they continue with their new found love for seafood!

Fish for all the family!

fish for all the family

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We have been working on some ideas to help tempt your children to eat seafood. We appreciate it isn’t always the easiest thing but due to the enormous health benefits, it’s worth trying different ideas and introducing various types of seafood into your little ones diet.

The above link will explain how you can do this :-)

Fishing for our future! Where do we stand on sustainability?

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Fishing for our future! Click here to find out how we are trying to provide our customers with seafood that is caught using sustainable methods.

Whilst all of the seafood we supply is responsibly sourced, we work hard with our customers to ensure they are armed with the knowledge of which products are outlined on the MSC ‘fish to eat list’.

We have an easy to use section on our website which keeps all of these products in one place and are always looking at our product library to see where we can make improvements.

http://www.regalfish.co.uk/seafood/fish-to-eat/

 

There’s something ‘a bit fishy’ about this birthday party!

Mini baguettes with smoked salmon dip and carrots/ cucumber sticks.  Smoked salmon dip with prawn 'waves' and an 'octopus' pepper.  Various crudettes to serve.

Mini baguettes with smoked salmon dip and carrots/ cucumber sticks.
Smoked salmon dip with prawn ‘waves’ and an ‘octopus’ pepper.
Various crudettes to serve.

Crab fishcakes, Garlic and herb cod bites and cod goujons.

Crab fishcakes, Garlic and herb white fish bites and cod goujons.

King Prawns wrapped in bacon, scallops and chorizo, scampi and lemon sole goujons. Salmon Pearls also feature!

King Prawns wrapped in bacon, scallops and chorizo, scampi and lemon sole goujons. Salmon Pearls also feature!

Watermelon shark! White chocolate fountain in the background with blue food colouring to create a 'sea' effect.

Watermelon shark! White chocolate fountain in the background with blue food colouring to create a ‘sea’ effect.

Introducing Janet Bee – Quality and Process improvement leader.

Introducing Janet Bee

Janet ready to cook up a storm at our head office

Janet ready to cook up a storm at our head office

This month we feature our mother hen, Quality and Process improvement leader Janet Bee. We managed to catch her last Wednesday in our office in Barton on Humber (it’s not as easy as you might think, even in a relatively small building. Mrs Bee is always running around doing something or other at top speed!)
Janet has a vast knowledge of the fishing industry and processes at all levels and so she is a key member of the Regal team and the lady who most people go to for answers on just about anything!

 

What does a typical day at Regal Fish Supplies involve for you?
It varies depending on whether I’m at the office or factory. I might be auditing at the factory, attempting to interpret some new legislation, working in schools or nurseries teaching children about Seafood and healthy eating or cooking up some delicious fish dishes at the office – every day is different!

 

 What led you to Regal and how did you learn your trade?
My background is food microbiology and I’ve spent most of my working life in a laboratory. The opportunity to work at Regal meant I had less travelling and a more varied (and dare I say less pressured) job role. Working in a laboratory is almost 24/7 so it’s still amazing to wake up on a Saturday morning and not have to go to work and great not having to worry about how to cook the Christmas dinner and go to work as well – unfortunately bacteria don’t have holidays!

 

 What’s your favourite Fishy recipe?
Difficult to answer because I’m continually trying out different ideas so last week’s favourite is not necessarily this weeks! I suppose if I have to pick one it’s my easy peasy battered fish – works every time and never gets any complaints though I did like my fish topped with mushy peas and chopped chips idea and the smoked haddock scotch eggs were a success…….see what I mean??!!

 

 How about your favourite Regal ready prepared product?
At the moment I would say our new cod in white wine and tarragon is up there with the colcannon to go with it!

 

 What do you like to do in your spare time?
Oh lots of different things – I have an allotment where me and my assistant gardener (my husband) grow fruit and vegetables or rather where I grow fruit and vegetables and the assistant gardener wiles away the time conversing knowledgably about growing fruit and vegetables to any passing stranger while leaning heavily on a spade! I like to cook and bake bread, make jams and jellies (from all the fruit!), read and make jewellery (not all at the same time of course) and spend many happy hours in my little summer house den where I keep all my ‘witchy’ stuff – crystals, tarot cards, runes, my pendulum, spells etc etc.

 

 Tell us something we didn’t know about you.
I’m a witch but a green one!

 

Finally what would be your favourite Quote?
Quote would be ‘All is well’ and as for favourite word, after going to see Miranda at her show in Leeds I would have to agree with her that ‘plunge’ is a good word – you only have to say it a couple of times and it makes you feel so much better – or is it just me!

 

 Thank you very much for your time Janet, we’ll let you get back to cooking up a storm!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

St Peters school – Food Revolution Day 2014 #frd2014 #jofr

#FRD2014

#FRD2014

We went to St Peters school  to celebrate ‘Food revolution day’ and what a fantastic time we had!

We worked with a very enthusiastic class of 30 year 2 children, between the ages of 6 and 7 and the feedback we received from the children was amazing.

First Janet sat with the children and gave a presentation about healthy eating, the food groups and how seafood can be beneficial to the way their body works.

The children were engrossed by the presentation.

The children were engrossed by the presentation

The pupils then went and worked out which of the ingredients they would like to use in their recipe from the seafood and vegetables we brought for them.

Our budding chefs worked together to create 'fishy masterpieces'

Our budding chefs worked together to create ‘fishy masterpieces’

The kids loved getting involved and putting together their recipes. Some of the kids chose Salmon whilst others preferred prawns, they all made sure they topped up their bakes and pies with lots of scrummy vegetables!

Fishy quizzes and activities

Fishy quizzes and activities

Whilst we worked with a handful of children at a time, the other children took part in ‘fishy’ activities, quizzes and games and had a great time learning more about how fish are caught and the sustainable fishing methods used by the fishermen. We also answered questions about the different species of fish.

For some of the kids it's the first time they have prepared their own meal so it was all very exciting!

For some of the kids it’s the first time they have prepared their own meal so it was all very exciting!

We really enjoyed ourselves and were so please that the kids had an excellent time too. The following week we received a lovely envelope from the class teacher with a thank you letter from each of the children that attended. Here are some of the fantastic comments…

Thank you very much for teaching us about fish. I enjoyed the activities and making the fish pie! – Kyle Jackson
I really enjoyed eating it! – Libby Robinson
I ate all of it and it tasted yummy, thankyou. – Kaysha Cockling
Thankyou very much, I enjoyed making the fish pie and eating it. I shared it with my sister! – Blake Kirby
We learned lots about healthy food and fish and how it makes us strong! – Harry Ford
Such a delicious pie – Stevie White
The fish pie was yummy! – Libby Killick
Thankyou for helping to teach me about fish, I ate all of my fish pie and liked it – Roxanne Miszewska
I ate my fish pie for tea and it was fabulous – Maddison Lewis
The pie was gorgeous! – Chloe Pettit
My favourite part of the pie was the salmon – Emma Barke
 

 

Castledyke school #frd2014 #jofr

We had an amazing time at Castledyke school in Barton today. We were given a class of 30 year 6 pupils to work with and they had some brilliant ideas and comments.

Janet gives the children a brief presentation on healthy eating, the food groups and the benefits of including seafood.

Janet gives the children a brief presentation on healthy eating, the food groups and the benefits of including seafood.

Once Janet had given her presentation, the kids were given a huge list of ingredients to work with and they sat and worked out a recipe. They then had the opportunity to put together their fish bake.

Some of the year 6 pupils putting together their fish bakes.

Some of the year 6 pupils putting together their fish bakes.

The children had an extensive list of vegetables to choose from and they did a brilliant job of working out what went together and what herbs and spices would compliment them. They also chose which type of seafood they would like in their dish and although some of them hadn’t tasted some of the types, they were keen to embrace it.

They worked together fantastically!

They worked together fantastically!

We were so pleased with how the day went. The kids learnt a great deal about the types of foods they should be eating and they didn’t shy away from the healthy foods and trying new foods too.

Making healthy choices.. all the children were keen to pack their bakes with nutritious vegetables and healthy seafood.

Making healthy choices.. all the children were keen to pack their bakes with nutritious vegetables and healthy seafood.

We were glad to hear the kids enjoyed the day as much as we did and they are now as fanatical about fish and healthy eating as we are! :-)

 

Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution Day 16th May 2014 #FRD2014

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Jamie Oliver is on a mission to get kids in the kitchen cooking up a storm!

Basically the idea is that you sign up and get your children involved with the preparation of their own meals, its as simple as that!

We at Regal are passionate about involving children in the preparation of their own meals as well as encouraging them to eat healthy, nutritious meals, using fresh ingredients and we will be helping Jamie Oliver on his mission to get 1 million people signed up and helping to get kids excited about food.

You may have seen our work in the press or if you follow us on Facebook, Twitter or the posts on our blog. We have been involved in various schools and nurseries and running ‘learn to love fish’ programmes where we have helped to educate the children on the importance of a healthy diet and how including seafood may benefit them. They have been involved in seafood tasting sessions and actually prepared their own meals including ‘fishy pizzas’.

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We will be back out in force on May 16th for the #FRD2014 armed with fresh fish and veggies to create tasty fish pies for the children to enjoy. We are hoping to get as many of our customers as possible involved and  get their ‘kids in the kitchen’.

For more info see Jamie’s website www.foodrevolutionday.com and get signed up please use the #FRD2014 on your posts and tag us so we can share your pictures. We can’t wait to see what everyone’s creating.

Join the revolution! #FRD2014 :-)

Introducing David Stagg – Financial Controller

He’s the font of all knowledge here at Regal Fish Supplies (if that’s the same thing as  being full of a fair mix of useless and useful information), very much the Father figure of the company and a person that members of the team go to when they are seeking advice on pretty much anything relating to Seafood or otherwise. So we felt, if we were to include a new ’meet the staff’ feature, Mr Stagg would be a great person to start with!

David joined the team in August 2007 and came in with a fresh approach. He asked      questions and wanted to know why we did what we did. He wasn’t prepared to accept a response such as ‘’because we’ve always done it this way’’ and he used his vast expertise within the industry to inject the company with a new outlook and he has helped the     company reach new heights.

We interviewed David last Wednesday in his office at our premises in Grimsby. He was in a particularly silly mood (as he often is) but we managed to get some sensible answers out of him (eventually)…

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Here’s David hard at work in the office at Grimsby

What does a typical day at Regal Fish Supplies involve for you?

Well it’s difficult to say really. It could be a day of meetings, discussions, posting invoices, reconciling or making payments. My role is so varied that every day is different to the next.

 What lead you to Regal and how did you learn your trade?

I worked for a firm of Chartered Accountants in Grimsby, a Trawling company (operating up to 20 vessels), an Oil Rig Stand-by vessel Operator (10 vessels) then I worked for a Fish Merchants for over 20 years.

 What’s your favourite Fishy recipe?

I don’t do recipes just baked fish!

 How about your favourite Regal ready prepared product?

Jumbo Fish Fingers.

 What do you like to do in your spare time?

I like to read; do, prepare or recover from Scouting Activities.

 Could you tell us about the Scouting activities you’re involved with.

I have been involved with the Scouting Movement for over 50 years. I am a Beaver Scout Leader on Mondays, a Scout Leader later on a Monday   evening and a Cub Scout leader on Wednesdays.  My family have all been involved in some way with the Scouting movement and seven members of my family have been involved on the local Scout Gang show.

 What is your biggest achievement and what are you most proud of?

Obviously I am most proud of my family but I am extremely proud of my work with the Scouts and have enjoyed helping hundreds of young people to have fun and hopefully learn something along the way.

 Tell us something we didn’t know about you.

I’ve ridden an Ostrich, like Bernie Clifton!

Finally what would be your favourite Quote?

Two Quotes by Lord Baden-Powell. The first relating to leaving a campsite, or anywhere else in fact  ‘’the only thing you should leave behind are your thanks’’ and in his last message to Scouts ‘’try to leave this world a little better than you found it’’

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David with his Scouts at the 4th Cleethorpes (St Peters) Scout Group

 

Thank you very much for your time David. We enjoyed finding out more about you. We’ll stop bugging you now and let you get back to work (or throwing paper aeroplanes at the other members of staff in the office!)