Kirsty Cruikshank

Festive fish

Festive fish

Kirsty Cruikshank creates some fish recipes to impress your guests this Christmas and New Year Recipe: Lobster thermidor Recipe: Potted shrimp Recipe: Smoked salmon, spinach and cream cheese roulade

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Smoked haddock and leek rarebit

Smoked haddock and leek rarebit

The range and quality of North Sea fish is fantastic right now, so if you have time, hop down to Taylors (North Shields Fish Quay), Lindsay Brothers (Grainger Market), Latimers (Whitburn) or Swallow Fish (online) for fantastic local seafood. This ...

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Lob-star!

Lob-star!

For many, lobster is the fillet steak of the sea, but did you know that the meat is high in protein (22%) and low in fat (1.5%)? More facts about these brilliant creatures include: The elastic bands put on their claws ...

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Summer loving

Summer loving

Summer bestows on us two of the most glorious fish of all – wild salmon and sea trout. They are classed as game, and like their feathered cousins are subject to strict controls. It’s illegal for anglers to sell rod-caught ...

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The best time for crab

The best time for crab

Although you can get crab throughout the year, the quality peaks during the late spring and summer. Whole crabs and claws should feel heavy when you buy them; the white meat should smell sweet and be bright white with no ...

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It’s all in the spoon

It’s all in the spoon

Ironically, given the popularity of fish on Good Friday, spring can be a lean time for fish because many are spawning.  Waiting for crab, native lobsters and wild sea trout to be at their delicious summer peak can feel like ...

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The fish quay cutter

The fish quay cutter

People who are exceptionally good at their jobs have a knack of making what they do look easy, as shown  by those who “cut” fish on North Shields Fish Quay. I owned a fishmonger’s shop for five years so it’s ...

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