a celebration of north east seafood

seagate, peterhead harbour

9th september 2023
11:00 - 16:00


Which fish love it when the sea freezes over?



Snow is not white!

You can certainly dream of a white Christmas, even if it isn’t strictly accurate. As any good snow pedant will tell you, the ‘white stuff’ isn’t actually white, but rather translucent.

It’s the light reflecting off it that makes it appear white with the many sides of the snowflake scattering light in many directions, diffusing the entire colour spectrum.


Roasted skate wing recipe


  • 200g (6½oz) cherry tomatoes
  • ½tsp dried red chilli flakes
  • Olive oil
  • 2 x 300g (10oz) skate wings
  • 1 lemon, quartered, for serving

For the dressing


  • 2tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1tbsp lemon juice
  • 1tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1tbsp salted capers, rinsed


  1. Heat the oven to 200°C (gas mark 6). Toss the cherry tomatoes and chilli in 1 tbsp of olive oil and roast in a large roasting pan for 10 minutes. Season the skate wings with salt and pepper and then transfer to the roasting pan, moving the tomatoes to one side. Roast for a further 15 minutes or so, or until the flesh can be lifted away from the cartilage.
  2. Make the dressing by whisking the olive oil, lemon juice, mustard and capers. Pour over the fish and tomatoes. Return to the oven for 2-3 minutes. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Serve with the lemon, tomatoes and pan juices.


Skate has cartilage, as opposed to bones. This means it is easier to separate the flesh from the cartilage when eating. The skate is cooked when the flesh can be lifted away easily.


Recipe by House and Garden

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