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Free Summer Recipe!!!

With summer finally reaching the North East this week, here’s a perfect recipe to enjoy with a good glass of dry white wine.

Baked Seabass with Caponata – Serves 2

For the Fish

2 x 200g Seabass Fillets

1 Lemon, Juice Only

Salt & Pepper

For the Caponata

1 Aubergine, peeled and chopped

1 Red Onion, chopped

1 Celery Stalk, chopped

1 Red Pepper, choppedcaponata

2 Tbsp Golden Raisins

6 Cherry Tomatoes, halved

1 Tsp Dried Oregano

1 Tsp Capers

2 Tsp Cider Vinegar


Olive Oil

Basil, to Serve


Preheat the oven to 180C. Make a foil parcel for the fish fillets. Squeeze on the lemon juice and some salt and pepper, set aside. In a large frying pan on a medium heat add a lug of oil and the onion and cook for 3-4 minutes. Add the aubergine and celery and red pepper and cook for a further 5 minutes. To the pan, add the raisins, oregano and 1 cup water & simmer for 8 minutes. At this point place the fish in the oven, it should be in for 10-12 minutes then 3 minutes to rest. Add the cherry tomatoes, the vinegar and capers to the vegetable mix and allow to cook for a further 7 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Place Caponata on the base, top with the fish and shredded basil. Serve with crusty bread.

Top Tip: Caponata is great on a bruschetta, so if you’ve got leftovers pop it in the fridge and use it to make a great brunch.

Enjoy the summer,

Paul x

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Photoshoot Day!

A few weeks ago I had a photo shoot with Adrian Finlay of Adrian Finlay Photography.

We originally connected through North East Hour on twitter, it’s an amazing platform for local businesses in the North East to network.

We had an initial chat followed by a meeting to discuss options of what I could cook on the day to give some good results. Whatever dishes I was going to do were going to be colourful and (hopefully) appealing. Adrian is a really friendly guy and I knew that during our shoot we would work well together.

The photo shoot took place at OutCook in Alnwick, with the use of Outlook also being available for photos. The kitchens they have on show are truly first class and stunning. I must say a big thanks to Ben and Jill from OutCook for being so helpful and accommodating in allowing me to use the space.


After I tried out some tester shots and food for the day, I settled on the recipes I would be using.

They were;

Paul’s Private Dining Steak Sharing Platter

Herb Crusted Rack of Lamb with Tomatoes, Spinach and White Bean Puree

Beetroot & Goats Cheese Salad with Raspberries

Pan Roasted Chicken with Leeks And A Cheddar & Chive Sauce

Barbecued Sea Bass with Garden Treasures

Pear Poached in Mulled Wine with Walnut Brittle

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The shoot was really good, Adrian made me feel at ease and was happy for me to cook and plate at my own pace we worked collaboratively throughout the shoot even getting a couple of action shots. His eye for detail is great and we made some slight alterations to plated dishes to bring the best features out of the dishes on the day.

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There was a tangle with the Chicken dish as I just couldn’t get the placing right for the garnish. It had me pulling my hair out for several minutes until we made the decision to go back to basics. It definitely made the dish look better.

I’ve already used the photos to update my website and over the next couple of weeks, I’ll be updating some of the site content so please keep your eyes peeled for that.

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Adrian for contacting me to take part in this shoot and I really appreciate all the help before during and after the shoot. If you would like to know more or check out some of Adrian’s other work please visit; I’m sure you will agree he has an exceptional eye for detail and quality.

For more information on OutCook visit their website at I’ll be hosting some new classes there soon, it’s such an amazing space to work in. Once again, thanks guys for all the support, it means a lot.

Thanks for Reading



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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.


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.



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.


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