Rick Stein’s Cornwall episode 2: Deep in the Cornish countryside, Rick Stein takes us to meet an extraordinary family who are making some of the best Gouda cheese in Britain, from which he cooks a tortilla dish with caramelised apples, onions and Cornish Gouda. In the fishing village of Mevagissey, he discovers the origins of the sea shanty and the history of the pilchard fishing industry, when shoals of pilchards were so large they would attract killer whales.
In this new series Rick Stein reveals the Cornwall that he knows and loves: a unique part of the British isles with a strong sense of identity and a history rooted in its Celtic past. With his famous natural inquisitiveness, Rick shares the road less travelled – championing the food, history, music, art and culture of the county many locals argue should be a country in its own right.
Rick Stein’s Cornwall episode 2 recipe:
Gouda quesadillas with caramelised apples and onions
A British take on quesadillas that makes a delicious quick lunch, combining caramelised apple with nutty gouda. The sharp salsa adds wonderful freshness.
- To make the salsa, mix together the ingredients in a bowl and set aside.
- Melt the butter in a frying pan and, when foaming, add the apple slices and onion and sprinkle over the sugar. Cook for 4–5 minutes over a medium heat, turning the apples once, until the apples and onions are softened, caramelised and golden. Season with freshly ground black pepper.
- Wipe a separate frying pan sparingly with a little oil to prevent sticking. Warm a tortilla, then cover half the tortilla with half the gouda. When melting, top with half the onion and apple mixture. Fold the other half of the tortilla over to form a semi-circle. Turn over using a fish slice or a palette knife and cook the other side for 2 minutes or so, until the cheese is melting and oozing. Transfer to a warm plate while you repeat with the second tortilla.
- Cut each tortilla in half and serve immediately alongside the salsa.
Christopher Richard “Rick” Stein, CBE (born 4 January 1947) is an English celebrity chef, restaurateur and television presenter. Along with business partner (and first wife) Jill Stein he has run the Stein hotel and restaurant business in the UK. The business has a number of renowned restaurants, shops and hotels in Padstow along with other restaurants in Marlborough, Winchester and Barnes. He is also the head chef and a co-owner of “Rick Stein at Bannisters” at Mollymook and Port Stephens in Australia, with his second wife Sarah. He has written cookery books and presented television programmes.
After graduating, he converted a mobile disco in Padstow, which he had run as a student, into a quayside nightclub with his friend, Johnny. It became known for its freeze-dried curries. However, the nightclub lost its licence and was closed down by the police, mainly due to frequent brawls with local fishermen. The pair still had a licence for a restaurant in another part of the building, so they continued with that to avert bankruptcy.
Stein ran the kitchen using the experience he had gained as a commis chef. Eventually he converted it into a small harbour-side bistro, “The Seafood Restaurant”, with his first wife Jill in 1975. As of 2015, his business operates four restaurants, a bistro, a café, a seafood delicatessen, a pâtisserie shop, a gift shop and a cookery school. In 2007 threats against Stein’s businesses were made by Cornish nationalists. His impact on the economy of Padstow is such that it has been nicknamed “Padstein”.