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How deliveries from Deane’s at Queens and Sea Source helped make lockdown bearable

Deane’s at Queens, College Gardens, Belfast, www.deanesatakeaway.co.uk
Sea Source, Newcastle Street, Kilkeel. Tel: 028 4176 3444 or 07710090260

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The Deanes at Queens boxed dinner for two

The Deanes at Queens boxed dinner for two

The Deanes at Queens boxed dinner for two

The Deanes at Queens boxed dinner for two

The Deanes at Queens boxed dinner for two

The breadth of choice of takeaways now available is astounding. Last week, those salty dogs in Kilkeel-based Sea Source sent me a box of super fresh fish, squid, scallops and whelks. It was like opening a window into the chilly depths of the Irish Sea.

My cooking skills are shameful and appalling and fish is among the hardest of foods to get right. But with the help of some instructions included in the box, I was able to surprise the family (they were frankly astonished) with a curried monkfish, a Mediterranean style hake and a breakfast of plaice.

The whelks were another matter. One day you will be old enough and brave enough to tackle a Kilkeel whelk. They are the size of Carl Frampton's fists and just as enticing. But I'm told they are marvellous for the complexion, libido and eyesight. Still, I'd rather abandon all three than have to eat one of those again. That fish is world class, though, and I've seen none fresher.