Working on a feature for Fish on Friday, one sunny October Thursday afternoon last year found me on the beach out at Dungeness chatting to Kelly Smith, the former police officer who joined her families 300 year old fishing business here in Kent by starting up Dungeness Fish Shack Snack Shack, a brilliant little food truck parked out on the beach where they land the catch, cooking delicious seafood dishes fresh out of the ocean.
You can find a photo diary I shot and did a bit of reporting for to help the person writing the words over at new fish website Fish On Friday, and read my 'Behind The Scenes' Q&A feature I wrote for Flavour First here. However, I just wanted to share a few more photos and words here about this fantastically fishy local gem now Kelly is starting to open up for the New Year now the weather is improving, and she and her mouthwatering fishy treats can be found on the beach once more!
When I was hanging out with Kelly she was making a start on her Winter menu items. Favourites include Cod Cakes in Tomato Sauce inspired by a recipe Jerusalem, and Kelly was looking to experiment with a few fish curries. I watched Kelly make the Snack Shack's wonderfully warming Smoked Cod Chowder, which I filled up on after our interview. Totally delicious and really easy to make yourself at home, you can find Kelly's recipe over at Fish on Friday, if Dungeness Beach is a bit too much of a trek for you!
Next time I'm around the Shack I'm after one of their Fisherman Rolls. Whatever is good and fresh rom the days catch cooked until tender and slightly crisp, and stuffed into a fresh roll with some salad and Kelly's bright, vibrant and homemade punchy, Mexican style slaw. And I'll always go for their Twice Cooked Chips; the Shack fries and soaks them using the same technique we do at home.
To catch up with the Snack Shack and to check that they'll be on the beach when you want to head down (and to find out what Kelly will be serving!), make sure your first port of call is their Facebook page which they keep very well updated. Also, if you happen to head down during lobster season, be sure to try one of the Shack's lobster rolls. I've heard so much about them, but I've not yet managed to snag one!