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Christmas Tide

Nicky and I spent the weekend at the delightful Highfield Studios in Wells-next-the-Sea in Norfolk, which happened to coincide with a local ‘Christmas Tide’ programme of activities, culminating in the arrival of Santa in Wells harbour by boat on saturday night, accompanied by an impressive firework display. We took part in the spirit of the weekend, visiting the nearby Burnham Market to grab a supply of local seafood from Gurneys Fishmonger to create a Hearty Fish Stew. Starting with Shallots, Celery, Garlic and Carrots sweated down, I added some canned Tomatoes, Tomato Paste, freshly made Fish Stock and soaked Saffron (strands, and liquid). Mussels and Cockles were steamed open in some Stock, then added at the end with some chunks of Cod, Raw Prawns and some seared Scallops, also enjoyed as an entreé. Chopped Parsley to finish. Served with Roasted Jerusalem Artichokes and Steamed Cabbage, and chunks of Bread. Simply divine.

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