a celebration of north east seafood

seagate, peterhead harbour

9th september 2023
11:00 - 16:00


On our first date, I couldn't figure out why my wife was acting like a fish.

Turns out she was just being Koi.


Hanging stockings out comes from the Dutch custom of leaving shoes packed with food for St Nicholas's donkeys. He would leave small gifts in return.


Cacciucco (Tuscan fish stew)


  • extra-virgin olive oil 6 tbsp
  • red onion 1 small, finely chopped
  • garlic 2 cloves, peeled but left whole and lightly crushed
  • squid 4 small, cleaned and chopped into bite-sized pieces
  • white wine 200ml
  • plum tomatoes 400g tin
  • gurnard or hake 300g skinless, boneless fillet, cleaned and cut into bite-sized pieces
  • clams 300g, cleaned
  • mussels 300g, cleaned
  • king or tiger prawns 12, shells on
  • fish stock 500ml
  • crusty white bread or sourdough thickly sliced and toasted


  1. Heat the oil in a large, deep, lidded frying pan. Fry the onion for 5-7 minutes or until softened. Add the garlic and some seasoning, and fry for a couple of minutes. Add the squid, put the lid on the pan and cook for a few minutes, shaking the pan frequently. Remove the lid and add the wine – leaving the lid off let the wine reduce for a couple of minutes. Add the tomatoes, bash them with a wooden spoon to break them up a bit (they will also break down during cooking) and cook for 20 minutes. Add the gurnard, clams, mussels, prawns and stock, and bring to the boil.

  2. Reduce the heat and simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes. At this point discard any closed clams and mussels. Taste to adjust the seasoning, then serve in warm bowls, garnished with parsley and accompanied by crusty bread. Some Livornese put the bread at the bottom of a soup bowl and ladle the soup on top of it to become soaked in the glorious juices!

Recipe by Olive Magazine

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