We don't do things by halves here. I've only filmed two videos for FoodTribe and have barely written ten articles, but I'm already on my first foodie adventure. I've loaded up the Jimny and am currently writing this in the sitting room of my 3rd cousin's house on the lovely little island of Mersea.
Situated on the Essex coast in the Blackwater Estuary, Mersea island has long held a place in my heart having summered here nearly every year for much of my childhood. I can remember long summer days playing in the water and flying kites on the beaches, the ice creams and the crabbing. It was an Enid Blyton-esque bliss, reminiscent of the fictional Walmington-on-Sea from Dad's Army. But one of the key things that has stayed with me is the food of those holidays. I'm sure in later columns I'll go on to write about the food from my holidays, but for now we are looking back to the staycations of my youth and the wonderful seafood of the Essex coast. I don't want to reveal too much at this point in time as I am filming two projects here on the island, one a piece of coursework for my masters and the other to later be posted here as part of My Movember Menu.
Nonetheless, I'm back on Mersea for the first time since 2017, and am staying over at my relatives and not a godforsaken caravan site down the road. You can call them a static van all you like, but when a North Sea hooley comes blowing in, that thing was no longer static at all! And fibreglass walls do very little to insulate from the drumming noise of the torrential rain. Still, I'm back and I'm here to have a look at the seafood served here on the island, and what makes it so special. So keep your eyes peeled on here for more posts, and be sure to follow me on Instagram and Twitter where I'll be putting up sneak previews, behind the scenes and just other nonsense.
What do you think about seafood? What are your favourite dishes? Let me know in the comments section below.
And while I'm here, I am still doing Movember, and my top lip is very hairy indeed, so please head on over to my donation page and give what you can. If you want to know why I'm doing Movember this year, head over to this article of mine and have a read.