Rick Stein’s Cornwall episode 6: Rick journeys inland from the majestic Camel Estuary to one of Britain’s finest vineyards, where he joins in harvesting the grapes to discover that the Cornish weather is perfect for making some of the best wine in the country.
Just off Pentire Point, as the sun sets, Rick rides the gentle swell of the North Atlantic with an old friend, casting his line to hook Britain’s fastest fish, before firing up the barbecue to cook his catch with a recipe inspired by a trip to Goa. Rick joins Tim Smit, best known for starting the hugely successful Eden Project, who reveals to Rick his new and ambitious idea in Cornwall.
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 6 recipes:
Recheado masala (also known as rachead masala) is a fiery and tangy paste from Goa. Traditionally used with fish, it can also be used with chicken or vegetables. It’s wonderful here with fresh mackerel and a crisp katchumber salad.
- Grind the cumin seeds, coriander seeds, peppercorns and cloves in a spice grinder or with a pestle and mortar. Tip into a food processor with the remaining recheadao ingredients and pulse to form a paste.
- Spread slightly less than a teaspoon of the paste on one mackerel fillet, then top with the other. Take two pieces of kitchen string and tie around the fish to keep the fillets together. Repeat with the other five fish.
- To make the salad, layer the ingredients in a large shallow dish, starting with the tomato, then the shallot, coriander, cumin and cayenne. Sprinkle over the vinegar, then some salt. Don’t mix it up, just leave it to stand while you cook the fish.
- Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a heavy-based pan. When hot, add the mackerel and cook for 3 minutes on each side, or until golden-brown, being careful not to overcook. You may need to do this in two batches.
- Mix the salad to combine the ingredients and serve alongside the mackerel.
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”.