The Simple Things
My day in cups of tea
We asked Scottish chefs Kirsty and Fenella to introduce us to their Seafood Shack, and tell us a bit about their day in cuppas
We’re at the Shack – what’s the tea situation like?
We usually arrive at about 9am and start the day with a cuppa. Fenella will have had about five cups already – she can’t function without it. Then we get straight into prepping food for the day as we’ve only three hours before we open.
How did you end up doing what you do now?
We both love seafood and saw a gap in the market: there weren’t many opportunities to eat what was being landed at Ullapool. We don’t add frills to our food – we get some of the world’s best seafood. Why ruin it? Tea also sounds important to you. What do you fancy?
Fenella has a peppermint tea and is always the one to pop the kettle on. Kirsty is a fan of a ginger tea, usually in a Thermos mug because she’s a slow drinker and it’ll go cold otherwise.
How do you switch off while you’re taking a break? We’ve a wee stool in a cosy corner beside the oven.
It’s relaxing just watching everyone else work while you have your cuppa.
Something tasty for lunch?
Always food from the shack. So, it can be crab cakes, a kid’s haddock wrap or a bowl of spicy soup. Sometimes we just make a good old cheese toastie. When the weather’s nice, we have lunch outside on the benches, but if it’s blowing a hooley we head to our office.
One final cuppa?
For Kirsty, a turmeric or digest and for Fenella it’s a peppermint please.
What are you most looking forward to as life hopefully heads back to normality?
Being able to all be together again. And live music! We’ve missed festivals, something we both love.