Mrs B's Simple Delicious Winkle Snack

Periwinkles or winkles are a somewhat overlooked delicious seaside snack that is making a welcome return.

I can really recommend grabbing a group of buddies young and old and putting together a little basket of supplies; local elderflower cordial and a pipet of lovely sparkling wine for the grownups, blankets, a small pan and firelighting bits and bobs.

Then pop down to Freshwater Bay at low tide. Head towards the right hand side as you look out to sea where you will find winkles in abundance in the tidal pools. This is a perfect spot to dally around all afternoon collecting winkles and playing around on the shoreline. Maybe boil up a batch over an open fire on the beach. This is where the alcoholic lubrication will come in handy as it can be a rather frustrating business trying to remove the winkles from their shells but it's invariably more enjoyable when there's a group of you struggling together.

We did exactly this this spring and what fun we had!

Below is how my family have been making these lovely little seaside treats for generations.

Mrs B's Simple Delicious Winkle Snack

  • Step 1: Soak the winkles in a little salted water for 30 minutes then rinse them thoroughly. I tend to rinse them in fresh running water for about 5 minutes
  • Step 2: Place them in boiling water for 3-5 minutes then remove immediately
  • Step 3: Poke out the meat using a pin or skewer to pull out of the shell. Pop into your mouth and enjoy. These are traditionally served with vinegar but if you fancy you can dip them into garlic butter for an additional flavour

 I hope you enjoy them as much as we did.

Mrs B x

Mrs B

27 April 2017

By Mrs B in The locals' blogs