Snowdrops in Shropshire

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In a quiet Shropshire Churchyard the ancient tombstones are covered with Lichen and centuries of weathering has rendered the names undecipherable. Photographed by Anthony J Sargeant – it is 23rd February 2018, and although still in the grip of winter snowdrops, those wonderful harbingers of spring, are bursting through the turf that covers the graves of so many forgotten souls.

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See the last post – Wild Cornish Sea Bream served with Pak-Choi and crushed new potatoes

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wild sea bream with pakchoi and potatoes Boxing Day 2017

Boxing Day Dinner cooked by Anthony J Sargeant – a thick fillet of wild sea bream caught just before Christmas by a Cornish Day Boat. Pan fried in butter and served with the juices of the pan deglazed with fish stock and with a small spoonful of black olive tapenade added. Pak Choi was oiled, seasoned and seared on the griddle. (Tony forgot to take the photograph until after the meal was started).

Boxing Day Dinner – Wild Sea Bream from a Cornish Day Boat

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This wonderful fresh and large sea bream formed the basis of an excellent Boxing Day Dinner cooked by Anthony J Sargeant.

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The size can be judged by the filleting knife at the top of the image. It provided 6 good portions once filleted. It made a light and deliciously simple meal on Boxing Day (when many were fighting their way through left-over turkey from Christmas Day Dinner. This glorious fish was bought from Barkworths Fishmongers in Shrewsbury Indoor Market – Shropshire, England – (very highly recommended fishmonger). See the next post for the plated meal.

 

Hake fillet on a bed of Sweetheart cabbage with crushed new potatoes

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Hake fillet on cabbage

Superb thick fillet of Cornish Hake cooked by Anthony Sargeant. The Hake was ordered from the superb fish stall in Shrewsbury’s covered market. Carefully pan fried and served with a chicken based sauce on a bed of Sweetheart cabbage. Hake is in the view of many a superior taste to Cod. Shown below is the size of the Hake from which Tony Sargeant filleted this portion. The remainder of the filleted portions were fast frozen (it freezes very well).

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G.Mazzolini painted this picture of ‘Cherubs playing in a landscape’ in the 19th Century

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In a lovely carved Italian frame this painting of cherubs amused Anthony Sargeant some 30 years ago when he saw it in a provincial auction. He plans to sell it through Bonhams in Knightsbridge in the next few months. If you are interested keep an eye on Bonhams listings for 19th Century art.

Detail of Oil Painting owned by Anthony Sargeant of a Child seated on a Shetland Pony

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A much better professional illustration of this charming picture will be in the catalogue for Bonhams sale in their Knightsbridge Saleroom 21st November 2017. Nevertheless Tony Sargeant points out the somewhat mischievous look in the eye of the Shetland Pony