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A way of life

Joanne Coates spent more than three years working on a photo project documenting North Sea fishermen. Here she explains the motivation behind her remarkable pictures.

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Roast crusted salmon with feta and cranberries

Quick to prepare and easy to serve, this fishy centerpiece makes a really festive alternative to the traditional spread if you’re feeding non-meat eaters this Christmas, says CJ Jackson.

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Smoked fish puff pastry pie

This terrific traditional seafood treat by CJ Jackson of the Billingsgate Seafood School is just the thing for a festive spread as the family assembles on Christmas Eve.

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So here it is!

Horse mackerel and jig-caught squid from the Channel, perch from Holland, kiln-roasted salmon from Scotland, plus handy party-friendly prawn cocktail mixes, crayfish tails and rollmops are the pick of a festive and frenetic Billingsgate this week.

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What makes Christmas special

Everyone has their own special traditions at Christmas. Here’s our roundup of how fishermen, fishmongers and chefs around the UK will be celebrating – and, crucially, what they’ll be eating – over the festive period.

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Roasted gilt-head bream with hazelnut gnocchi, cauliflower purée and a spiced red wine reduction

This is a lovely recipe for the cooler weather, with a bit of a sense of occasion about it, by Ben Prior of Ben’s Cornish Kitchen in Marazion.

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Billingsgate Stargazy Pie



Not only does this pie have amazing visual impact, it also has a fantastic tale behind it, says Quinton Bennett, former head chef of The Gun, Docklands.

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Smoked haddock risotto with cavolo nero

Dominic Franks was inspired to make this comforting and satisfying recipe after his visit to Russell’s smokehouse in Grimsby. It works beautifully with cavolo nero, a hardy winter staple.

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Hake with green sauce and clams

This tasty dish is a real celebration of seasonal seafood thanks to the addition of fresh clams. The hake and green sauce is delicious served with some crusty bread, or even some chips, to mop up all the leftover juices.

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Get in early

Festive favourites such as salmon, carp, cooked lobsters and prawns, plus razor clams, and pollack, coley and whiting – perfect for a fish pie – are our pick of Billingsate this week.

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Forgotten fish stew

This stew is a stunning way to celebrate winter’s wealth of fresh seasonal fish in an easy-to-make one-pot wonder, says Tom Hunt.

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Wildlife Photographer of the Year
To 10 September 2017

The acclaimed Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition showcases Earth’s most extraordinary and revelatory sights; reflecting nature’s beauty and diversity and highlighting the fragility of wildlife on our planet.

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