Norfolk's Bounty

Marsh Samphire

I'd heard of samphire a long while ago but have never had chance to get any. This changed last month when my mate , who has featured on this blog before, brought me some from Cookies Crab Shop in Salthouse.

Cookies is becoming a bit of a place of pilgrimage among the regulars at my local. John has visited a couple of times and Maurice invariably visits when down that way. It's a seafood shop with a few tables where you can eat, by no means haute cuisine but then you are getting a half lobster salad dressed with loads of other smoked and shell fish for under a tenner.

Samphire grows on the marshes and although it can be eaten raw, it is best lightly steamed or boiled. John saw it for sale on a table outside a house while he was driving to Cookies for lunch. At £1 for a good bag full, it was a steal. It's anything up to £14 a kilo in London!

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