Every so often something special lands on my doorstep, and if it’s food, especially Scottish seafood I’m rarely disappointed. And, when it comes from the waters around Scotland’s Hebridean islands, I know it will be the very best quality. Earlier this year, Douglas Stewart, owner of the Hebridean Food Co and one of Scotland’s young entrepreneurs sent me some lobsters to try.
Douglas is no stranger to Scotland’s fishing industry, his passion for seafood started as child. As a youngster and with a lobster fisherman for a father, he spent weekends working on fishing boats helping to sort the lobsters catch.
Last year with a degree in agriculture and business along with his passion for seafood, he set up the Hebridean Food Co, selling lobsters, langoustines and crabs from the crystal clear waters around his home on North Uist. As well as selling via the online business he’s been a regular at food shows and festivals throughout the country.
I first met Douglas at last years BBC Good Food Show, where his eye catching stand with the freshest of Scottish shellfish and his own range of seafood sauces proved extremely popular with shoppers. The top quality seafood sauces with flavours including smoked salmon veloute, thermidor, cream of pimento and hollandaise, are a great accompaniment to a wide range of shellfish and fish dishes.
I cooked my lobsters and served with pasta along with other dishes we were having as part of a family fish supper. The simple flavoured sauce allows the beautiful fresh flavour of the lobster to shine through.
Since launching the Hebridean Food Co, Douglas has expanded and now also sells a unique range of Hebridean beef and lamb, reared on the uninhabited island of Vallay of the west coast of North Uist. To order see Hebridean Food Company Website for full details . The full selection of seafood products and meat can also be ordered from the Shop Local section of Citylicious.