Next Episode of Ainsley's Mediterranean Cookbook is
Season 1 / Episode 4 and airs on 12 April 2020 09:25
Ainsley Harriott embarks on a journey across the Mediterranean on a 44ft catamaran, preparing a variety of delicious recipes along the way.
In this first edition, skipper Jean-Hughes teaches him the basics of sailing, and they drop anchor in a crystal-clear cove on the island of Lavezzi, where Ainsley tries his hand at paddle-boarding. The chef then prepares seafood skewers with pepperonata, and a quick and tasty Corsican mint omelette.
Ainsley is exploring Corsica, the isle of beauty and his travels have brought him to the medieval fortress town of Bonifacio where he learns about the history and culture of this incredible place from tour guide Christine before whipping up some cheesy stuffed aubergines in his stunning outdoor kitchen overlooking the harbour.
Ainsley Harriott hops across to the Italian island of Sardinia, where his first stop is the beachside Ristorante La Spigola for a taste of chef Roberto's modern take on Italian dining. He also gets immersed in a classic Sardinian culinary experience, cooking suckling pig over an open fire, has a masterclass in making the local pasta Jiusoni and learns about another island speciality, casizolu cheese.
Ainsley is on a foodie voyage across the Mediterranean and this week he explores the Nuoro region of Sardinia where his guide Claudio takes him to meet his parents who run a tiny local bakery specialising in pane carasau, a thin crispy bread that's found all over the island.
Ainsley uses some in his first dish, pane frattau, layers of bread, tomato sauce and cheese topped with a poached egg, brunch is served.
Next Claudio takes Ainsley his family's citrus farm to discover a uniquely Sardinian fruit, the pompia. A citrus so bitter it's never eaten raw but makes a fabulous liqueur, which Ainsley uses in his Pompia Paradiso cocktail.
Then its off into the hills to cook a traditional sheep stew with some real-life shepherds before visiting one of the islands ancient archaeological sites and cooking up a true Italian classic, with a Sardinian twist, fregola minestrone.
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