Blog, Cookery, Lessons

Working with Hadrian’s Wall Gin

Recently, I got in touch with the guys at Hadrian’s Wall Gin offering to provide them with a granita recipe where their Gin is a principal ingredient. It was worth a try and it paid off, they love the recipe and have been promoting it on their social media this week.

They like it so much, that i’ll be doing future recipe collaborations with them. I’ll keep you posted.

The recipe is below, I use it as a palate cleanser for dinner parties as it’s the perfect adult alternative to a sorbet. This serves 4.

Top Tip: Always use chilled glasses, this delays the granita from melting too quickly.

Ingredients

100ml Hadrian’s Wall Gin

200ml Fever Tree Refreshingly Light Tonic

250ml Water

150g Caster Sugar

Juice of 1 Lemon

Juice of 1 Lime

Few Sprigs of Dill

4 Cucumber Ribbons

Plus your choice of garnish

Method

Make a stock syrup from the caster sugar and water by placing both in a pan on a gentle heat and allowing the sugar to dissolve. Remove from the heat and allow to cool to room temperature.

Once cool, in a bowl combine the syrup, gin, tonic, juices from the lemon & lime and a few sprigs of dill. Transfer to a freezer-proof container and freeze for 1 hour. Place four tumblers in the refrigerator.

Remove the mixture from the freezer and stir, breaking up the ice crystals.. Freeze for a further hour. Repeat this step twice more.

To Serve;

Add a cucumber ribbon to the chilled tumbler to resemble a spiral. Spoon in some of the granita mix and top with a garnish of your choice. I recommend lemon zest, apple matchsticks, edible flowers or for a peppery taste, nasturtium leaf.

 

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Check my Instagram post here: https://www.instagram.com/p/BllIFaYFoZP/?hl=en&taken-by=paulsprivatedining

To find out more about Hadrians Wall Gin, visit https://www.hadrianswallgin.com/

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Blog, Cookery, Kitchens, Lessons

Rattling the Pots & Pans at OutCook

On Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st May, I spent my first weekend at OutCook cookery school in Alnwick, rattling the pots and pans doing a few demonstrations and teaching a class on the respective days.

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On Saturday, the Outlook HEC (OutCook’s big brother) Showroom was re-launched with invited guests given the opportunity to check out the gorgeous new collection including a stunning Mereway kitchen.

The kitchen space in OutCook, which is located on Outlook’s first floor, is really well designed with purpose built worktops with ovens, grills and smart storage solutions and polished marble worktops. A Chef’s dream.

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The dishes I picked to demonstrate were 2 brunch dishes and a nice simple summer dessert. The brunch dishes were an Avocado baked with Northumberland Eggs & Northumberland Smoked Salmon and A Brunch Salad that contained Northumberland Eggs, Turnbull’s award winning pancetta and grapefruit. The dessert was a Lemon & Basil Posset topped with a shortbread crumb, a nice simple dish that is perfect following a heavy meal.

One thing I did learn myself about doing demo’s was about Soft-Boiled Eggs, they are very tough to peel in front of an audience! It was good fun meeting people with an interest in food and getting to share some of my knowledge with them.

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Sunday was really fun too getting to teach a Blokes in the Kitchen Class based around Curry & Spices. We cook a range a dishes including My Special Chicken Curry, Caraway Flatbreads, Mango Lassi Dessert, Lamb Kebabs, Raita and A simple Salad. It was a great session that was relaxed and informal, talking about food and the local area. We made really good use of the equipment and space, it was a treat to teach my recipes.

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I’ll be back at OutCook soon doing a few different classes, I’ll be updating my social media closer to the time so if you want to keep updated my twitter is @_privatedining , Facebook page is Paul’s Private Dining and Instagram is Pauls Private Dining.

Have a great week

Paul