Blog, Cookery, Lessons

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

Water

Olive Oil

Basil, to Serve

Method

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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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