Sea trout and samphire broth

Serves 4

Sea trout on toast with pea tendrils

Serves 4

Blood Knots, by Luke Jennings

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Ingredients to serve 8

Classic phrases from commentator Bill McLaren

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Sea trout and samphire salad

Serves 4

Wild thing: Hix's salmon and trout surprises

Salmon and sea trout – preferably non-farmed – are healthy and versatile. And all they need is a gentle poach, says Mark Hix.
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