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What are Cockles ?
Cockles are edible, marine bivalve mollusc. Although many small edible bivalves are loosely called cockles, true cockles are species in the family Cardiidae. True cockles live in sandy, sheltered beaches throughout the world.
When Can you pick cockles?
Common cockles can be collected throughout the year and are not affected by any seasonal changes regards numbers etc. The same applies to the deep water varieties, though these are most common during the autumn and winter months when prolonged storms are more prolific.
How do you clean cockles before cooking?
Use a stiff brush to clean the cockles, occasionally dipping them and the brush into the first bowl of water to rinse away mud (change the water in this bowl whenever it becomes dirty). When cleaned, place them in a bowl of salted water and discard any with broken shells. Cockles Leigh on Sea
They are sold freshly cooked as a snack or Fresh and raw from N&C Produce, in the United Kingdom. They are mainly found in those parts of the British coastline where cockles are abundant. Boiled, then seasoned with malt vinegar and white pepper, they can be bought from seafood stalls, which also often have for sale mussels, crabs and shrimp. Cockles are also available pickled in jars. A meal of cockles fried with bacon, served with laverbread, is known as a traditional Welsh breakfast.
Cockles, Leigh on Sea With Tomatoes
|2 Tbsp||Olive oil|
|3 cloves||Garlic, chopped|
|½ cup||Dry white wine|
|1 kg||Cockles, scrubbed|
|2||Tomatoes, medium, skin removed, seeded and diced|
|2 Tbsp||Parsley, fresh, chopped|
|1 to taste||Salt & freshly ground pepper|
- Cook spaghetti in boiling salted water for eight to 10 minutes until al dente, Drain in a colander.
- Meanwhile, heat oil in a large saucepan, add garlic and cook for 30 seconds over a medium heat. Add white wine and cook for one minute. Add the cockles, cover the pan and cook for four to five minutes, shaking pan regularly until cockles open. Discard any that do not open.
- Transfer pasta, cockles and half a cup of their liquid to a large warmed bowl. Add diced tomatoes, parsley, lemon zest of 1 lemon and salt and pepper to taste. Toss well and serve immediately with lemon wedges of 1 lemon. Cockles Leigh on Sea
History of Leigh-on-Sea
Leigh-on-Sea has a rich history dating back to Medieval times, mentioned in the Domesday Book as “Legra” the Town was a small manor with livestock and fisherman, and said to be worth 100 shillings. Over a thousand years the Town increased from a small village to a busy fishing town of national importance, trading between the 14th and 18th centuries. It’s position on the Thames made it a crucial point for protection from the French, Spanish and Dutch armies and also as a fast route across the Channel.
Leigh-on-Sea throughout the Ages
Normans/Plantagenets 1066 – 1485
Leigh recorded in the Domesday Book as “Legra”.
1297 – The earliest record of a church in Leigh.
1381 – Thirty Essex rebels executed during the Peasant’s Revolt.
The Manor of Leigh was held by Thomas Boleyn, father of Anne Boleyn.
Tudors 1485 – 1605
When Thomas Boleyn died the Manor was passed to Anne’s sister, Mary, who’s family held the Manor for nearly 200 years.
1540 – The earliest reference to a Peterboat in a petition to the Court of Admiralty concerning the alleged robbery of fish in the town.
In the 1570’s Leigh was reported as having 31 vessels with 32 masters and 230 mariners and fisherman.
1579 – The Speedwell is the first recorded Leigh built ship weighing 105 tonnes.
Leigh provided at least 6 ships to assist against the Spanish Armada.