Since graduating with a biology degree, Anna Turns has worked in a cross-section of media, including wildlife television and natural history radio. After moving to the Devon coast a decade ago, she spent three years as assistant editor at Devon Life magazine uncovering original stories from across the county. Her passion for biology led her to specialise in sustainability and food and she now works as a freelance journalist. She’s an active member of the Guild of Food Writers, and regularly writes for national consumer magazines such as Countryside, Country Living and Coast, as well as regional titles including Western Morning News, Taste Buds and Manor magazine.
My connection with seafood
I have always felt a strong affinity with the ocean; I love swimming in it, rowing on it and looking at it. The sheer diversity and colours of marine life beneath the waves always inspires me, from rockpooling to whale-watching. But there’s no better way to experience a taste of the sea than going fishing and cooking your fresh catch on a BBQ.
I am determined to pass on my passion for cooking to my young daughter and since the age of one she has helped me in the kitchen. Making fishfingers is one of her favourite dinners – and when she makes them herself, her appetite is even bigger.
Why sustainability is important to me
Knowing exactly where my food comes from and how it got to my plate keeps me connected – to the sea it came from, to the fisherman who caught it and to the chef who filleted it. Just as British strawberries remind me of Wimbledon, so too should fresh fish be eaten when it is in abundance and in season off our coasts.
If you can’t visit the local fish market or you don’t have a trusted fishmonger in your area, try ordering a fish box of freshly caught seasonal fish. Fresh fish boxes are an excellent way to ensure you get the best produce – a world away from the supermarket fish counters! Fish for Thought is one such company, based in Cornwall, and the new trend of fish box schemes offers a wonderful way of guaranteeing traceability and provenance, wherever you live in the country. Fish for Thought’s tailored kids fish boxes make this fishfinger recipe so easy and fun to make with children too.
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