Cod with Spinach Beet, Tomato and Cornish Winkles

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Today's special: A new take on bistro food

By Anthony Demetre

Published 2008

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For the ethically minded, cod has been off the shopping list for some time, but there are now several sources of sustainable cod, be it from colder more northerly waters, like Icelandic cod, or line-caught cod – there is now even highly acclaimed farmed cod from the Shetlands. So do check that your cod comes from a sustainable source.


  • 100 g winkles
  • 100 g butter
  • 4 pieces of


Wash the winkles in plenty of cold water, then leave to soak in fresh cold water with a tablespoon of salt for about 20 minutes. I find this helps to degorge any sand or grit that they hold.

Drain, cover again with cold water and bring to the boil, then simmer for about 20 minutes or until they can be easily pulled from the shell. Pull away from the shell and discard the little door or