Rick Stein’s Cornwall episode 7: Rick explores one of Cornwall’s hidden secrets, the secluded and stunning Fowey Estuary, joining his friend on a boat trip to learn about the history of the area and getting a unique view of the beautiful buildings along the river bank.
Downstream, after a meal of crab scotch eggs at a fashionable new restaurant, Rick discovers that the historic town of Fowey was once a hotbed of piracy. Just above the town is a family making a prize-winning Cornish vodka, which Rick uses to make a delicious pancake with a wild blackberry compote and Cornish clotted cream.
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 7 recipes:
Pancakes with vodka lemon drizzle and blackberry compôte
Traditional thin pancakes are drizzled with lemon and blackberry sauces for a fabulous dessert or special breakfast. Leave out the vodka if you prefer.
- Sieve the flour and salt into a bowl and make a hole in the centre. Add the egg and 100ml/3½fl oz milk, then gradually whisk to incorporate the flour until it has the consistency of thick cream. Beat in the tablespoon of oil and the remaining milk. Set aside.
- To make the compôte, put the blackberries, lemon juice and sugar in a saucepan. Heat gently, until the blackberries start to soften and release their juices and the sugar has dissolved. Stir gently (you want the blackberries to keep their shape) until you have a syrupy mixture. Remove from the heat and set aside.
- For the drizzle, mix together the sugar, lemon juice and vodka (if using) until the sugar has dissolved.
- Heat a non-stick frying pan or a crêpe pan and swirl in a little oil. Pour out any excess oil into a small jug – the pan should be just coated. Pour in enough batter to coat the bottom of the pan evenly and place over a medium heat. After about a minute, use a palette knife to loosen the edges. Flip the pancake over to cook the other side for a further minute. Transfer to a warmed plate and cover with a clean tea towel to keep warm. Repeat until all the batter is used up.
- To serve, roll or fold the pancakes into quarters and drizzle with the lemon drizzle. Serve alongside the blackberry compôte and clotted cream or ice cream, if you like.
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”.