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We’ve teamed up with our good friend’s Bold Bean & Co in creating a perfectly spiced bean dish, accompanied with sweet, slow roasted carrots and crispy kale to add texture.

Bold Bean & Co’s Organic White Beans (haricot beans) are perfect to use for this dish as their bean’s are slow-cooked in which allow them to hold their shape when being cooked., creating the perfect, buttery and smooth flavour.

Amongst a bundle of spices such as chilli, cumin and garam masala, we add carrots to bring a gentle sweetness to the dish, with also a generous pinch of Maldon Salt to enhance the sweet notes and counteract the bitterness.

  1. Preheat the oven to 180C.
  2. Start by roasting the carrots. Peel the carrots and cut them into 2-inch pieces, then toss in some olive oil and 1 tsp of cumin seeds. Season with Maldon Salt and pepper and place in the oven to roast for 15 minutes.
  3. While the carrots are cooking, start the spiced beans.
  4. Melt the coconut oil in a large sauté pan. Add the diced onion and cook gently until softened. Then add the garlic, chilli, and ginger and cook for another minute. Then add the cumin seeds, turmeric, black mustard seeds, garam masala and ground coriander and cook for another minute. Follow this with the chopped tomatoes. Cook these down gently until they collapse and soften.
  5. Once the tomatoes are soft, add the Bold Beans & Co White Beans – including their juices – and the coconut milk to the pan, and mix. Then gently simmer this for 10 minutes until lovely and thickened. Season well with Maldon Salt and cracked black pepper.
  6. Once the carrots are cooked remove from the oven and tip out of the baking tray. In the same baking tray then add the kale leaves.
  7. Drizzle in olive oil and a good pinch of Maldon Salt and scrunch together with your hands so they are well coated. Place this back in the oven for 5 – 10 minutes until crispy but still green.
  8. Remove from the oven.
  9. To serve, spoon the beans into bowls and top with the cumin roasted carrots, crispy kale, and some coriander. Serve alongside some natural yoghurt and mango chutney.

We recently caught up with the talented Imogen Davis, co-founder of Native restaurant, situated in London’s Mayfair. As previously noted in our article; In Conversation with Imogen Davis, Native is a zero-waste eatery with a strong focus on ingredients being foraged and sourced locally.

Within this article, Imogen gets creative in making a deliciously good punch made with mushrooms! (Yes, really mushrooms!). Being a non-alcoholic beverage, this drink is perfect for Dry January – to be enjoyed over ice to infuse the wintery, warming notes of the forest and freshly ground coffee. Additionally, we also managed to sit down and share a few details with the creator herself, where we get to know her tips for making a low/no alcohol tipple to understanding her own personal inspirations.

Mushroom Milk Punch

Imogen’s clarified milk punch with mushroom coffee takes a little advance preparation, but is 100% worth the effort for a showstopper of a silky smooth, slightly earthy non-alcoholic beverage – enhanced by a sprinkle of our Maldon Salt. The reason you add a pinch of Maldon to this drink is to enhance the sweetness and counteract the bitter notes of the ground and mushroom coffee.

Ingredients:

Method:

  1. Brew the coffee, sugar and mushroom powder with 200ml boiling water, leave to infuse for a minimum 12 hours and then filter. As the mushroom powder is very fine, leave plenty of time to drip through.
  2. Bring the milk to a slow boil in a saucepan over low-medium heat.
  3. Once boiling, add the lemon juice and remove from heat, slowly stirring as the curds separate from the whey. Leave for 30 minutes until cool.
  4. Strain the curdled milk through a fine cheesecloth into a large jug and watch the clear liquid slowly separate from the solid curds – have patience!
  5. Once it has fully filtered and you have a clear liquid, stir the mushroom coffee cold brew into the whey, remove the curds from your filter and set aside to enjoy as a snack or to make a salted lassi.
  6. Now reuse the cheesecloth to filter the mushroom-whey mix. You should see a very clear, golden liquid. Filter until you have the desired finish – it took Imogen three trips of drips.
  7. Now to reap your rewards! Add a pinch of Maldon Salt (subbing in Smoked Salt will give a more wintery, rich notes) and 150ml of the punch mix you have made to a highball glass. Stir over ice.

Notes:

Tips, Tricks and More with Imogen Davis

Once the making this delectable punch was done, we were able to sit down and have a chat with Imogen, getting to know her tips on creating a low/no alcohol tipple, the benefits of Dry January and what motivates her being the co-founder of a restaurant with a zero-waste ethos and foraging fanatic!

What are your tips for creating no/low alcohol cocktail creations?

Just like all of our drinks, we look at classics and try and give them a native twist, I try not to define a drink by specifying that it contains alcohol or not, but create something that is inspired by the seasons, or a special ingredient we’d like to spotlight.

What are the benefits of Dry January?

January is a great time to reset and refocus for the year ahead. I tend to steer clear of demanding a whole dry month upon myself, but it’s definitely welcomed after an indulgent festive period – especially with the no/lo options that are now out there! 

Name 3 things in your kitchen that you can’t live without.

  1. A multi-tool! It’s so versatile- it’s a knife, I can take it foraging as well as the kitchen and even use it to fix broken things.  
  2. Kilner jars  – kilners are perfect for organising everything from spices to my daily kombucha, as well as ensuring my freezer is prepared for all eventualities! It makes the mission of having no single use plastic a joy. 
  3. Maldon salt, of course!

What inspires/motivate you?

Bringing joy to people through food and drink – it really is as simple as that! (the process of getting there is often less-so!)

Still Wanting More?

If you are interested in creating more low/no alcoholic beverages during the month of Dry January, we have many delicious recipes to choose from! Our delicious Paloma mocktail using Feragaia is perfect to replicate a warming, wintery spice in the dark evenings.

Make sure you have your Maldon Salt ready for these recipes! If you are running out, please feel free to browse on our Where to Buy Page to find your nearest store in which stocks our beloved Maldon Salt.

Lastly, we LOVE seeing your creations – please tag us on Instagram using the #maldonsalt so we can share your cocktail masterpieces on our socials.

A Premium Alternative to An Alcoholic Drink

We are delighted to team up Feragaia, the first ever working alcohol-free distillery in Scotland! Co-founders Bill Garnock and Jamie Wild combine traditional distillery methods with a bountiful of 14 botanicals from both land and sea, including seaweed, bay leaf and chamomile.

It is this reason that makes Feragaia so unique, as the brand does not rely on alcohol to carry it’s flavours unlike other alcohol-free spirits; they use natural flavours and qualities to transform the spirit into having a complex yet clean taste which is making powerful movements within the drinking scene.

Traditionally distilled and bottled in the beautiful Scottish Lowlands, the natural flavours go through distillation runs, which are then blended with fresh, Scottish water to create a perfect balance of earthy, spice notes.

In Conversation with Feragaia

We recently had the opportunity to sit down with Feragaia and explore the inspirations behind the brand, from Bill and Jamie’s story to them letting us know the perfect food pairings that go well with the spirit. Make sure to have a tea and biscuit in hand as this makes a perfect read!

Feragaia

We are BIG fans of your drinks! Tell us, what inspired you to make an alcohol-free spirit?

We love to hear it, thank you! We’re huge admirers of the heritage and quality of Maldon. For me, Feragaia started with a question that I kept on coming back to. It was ‘why do I feel so trapped by alcohol?’ Working in spirits gave me a high exposure to alcohol, combined with a traditional English drinking habit – I found it relentless and restricting. I concluded that confidence could answer my question and so I set about developing a premium, unapologetic and confident alternative. So people can have a equal choice – very democratic!

How would you describe the taste of Feragaia?

It’s an original and unique taste, with a refreshing depth of flavour. 14 carefully selected botanicals create a layered and wild journey through land~sea~spice.

We’ve done some research and found that ‘Feragaia’ translates to ‘wild earth’. Is there a correlation behind your name and your drinks?

You got me! In a small way perhaps, but Wild fortunately evokes so much more than just me. Like so many, Earth’s wild places are places that Bill and I greatly value and crave connection to. It was this shared core belief that established the Wild/Fera seed!

Brewery Feragaia
Courier – Food & Drink – Julia Bryce – Feragaia Distillery story – CR0038565 – Glenrothes – Picture Shows: Bill Garnock (31) and Jamie Wild (31) at Feragaia Distillery, Scotland’s First Alcohol Free Spirit Distillery – Tuesday 27th September 2022 – Steve Brown / DC Thomson

What an accomplishment in becoming the first working alcohol-free distillery in Scotland! We would love to know Jamie and Bill’s story on how Feragaia was born to where it is now.

Thank you. It is something we are incredibly proud of. We’ve always wanted to set the benchmark for transparency and quality in this category, there is too much ‘smoke and mirrors’ and it’s hurting the reputation of alcohol-free spirits. Bill is the Scottish one in Feragaia and was the driving force behind our provenance and process, out of which was born Feragaia’s respecting of Scotland’s rich heritage of premium spirits and progressive nature.

Would you say the alcohol-free movement is becoming more popular as the years go on?

Absolutely! Since launching Feragaia in 2019 we have sampled thousands of people.  I can confidently say people’s curiosity and confidence in alcohol alternatives has and continues to grow. I expect this to be the case for some time.

Feragaia Group Shot

We’ve seen you make many delicious cocktails, what would you say your top 3 favourites are?

In order of simplicity. I love our perfect serve ‘Wild Ginger’ 50ml Feragaia, Ginger ale and a slice of lime. Next up, our most popular cocktail serve – ‘Paloma’ 50ml Feragaia, Pinch of Maldon salt, squeeze of pink grapefruit and topped with tonic. Finally, it took me months to perfect this one, but the ‘Smokey Old Fashioned’ with a large ice block brings me great joy. Lapsang Souchung tea, ginger syrup, lime and Feragaia. It really redefines in my mind what an alcohol-free drink can be.  

How would you try and convince someone who has never purchased an alcohol-free spirit to give it a try?

“I still drink alcohol, but sometimes I can’t or I’d rather not. In which case why should I sacrifice my experience, and feel left out?” Feragaia, is the original-free spirit that is redefining alcohol-free through its refreshing depth of flavour that’s distilled at our very own distillery in Fife, Scotland. It allows you to have a sophisticated and delicious drink to savour and enjoy during those moments where alcohol is to be avoided – how about a taste?”

Feragaia

What food would you say pairs well with Feragaia?

We talk about depth and length of flavour as this is what slows you down and makes Feragaia ‘a drink’ apart from a soft drink, juice, tea etc.  The long finish is very complimentary when eating as there isn’t too much of a clash on the top of the pallet. I’ve always liked the combination of some savoury appetisers like roasted nuts and Feragaia in that aperitif moment. If I’m really pushing the boat out then the link between our land & sea botanicals and oysters are quite special!

Your bottle and cap are both 100% recyclable and the botanicals used are composted after distillation. Is this a topic in which you are passionate about?

We tried to register ourselves on B Corp before we registered on companies house! Then we realised we needed to have a registered business to apply for B Corp. At the core of our business lies a belief that truth, authenticity and purpose are ‘must haves’ today.  We have developed a sustainable foundation on which Feragaia can grow and meaningfully support the changes that we need to make together in the world.

Now…we are very much excited to announce that Maldon Salt is in the Paloma recipe. What is your favourite way to enjoy Maldon Salt in a drink?

I love the story of land and sea, which could be more apt for Maldon Salt. Salinity when used in drinks correctly is really effective. You just can’t better the Paloma, bitter citrus, saline complexity and the defining depth of Feragaia – It is complete! Sláinte

Feragaia x Maldon Salt Cocktail

In celebration of Dry January, Feragaia and Maldon have come together to create a ‘Paloma Cocktail’.

This cocktail has a beautiful, fresh taste of citrus from the courtesy of Feragaia’s blackcurrant leaf and lemon verbena and Two Keys Pink Grapefruit Soda. Being naturally sweet, the flavour is hightended from a generous sprinkle of Maldon Salt on top to emphasise the sweet notes and counteract the bitterness…delicious!

Ingredients:

Method:

  1. Add 50ml Feragaia, 15ml Two Keys Pink Grapefruit Soda and a pinch of Maldon salt to a highball glass.

2.Stir until dissolved, add ice cubes and garnish with pink grapefruit.

Win a Bundle of Goodies!

You could be in the chance of winning one of our limited edition bundle packs, which includes a bottle of Feragaia, Two Keys Grapefruit Soda and an exclusive Maldon Salt Pinch Tin…the perfect combination to create our deliciously good Paloma cocktail!

Head over to our Instagram Giveaway now to enter… But be quick! There are only a number of limited bundles to win.

Lastly, we LOVE seeing your creations – please tag us on Instagram using the #maldonsalt so we can share your cocktail masterpieces on our socials.

This month we are exploring the talented Meliz Berg and her debut cookbook, Meliz’s Kitchen: Simple Turkish-Cypriot Comfort Food and Fresh Family Feasts.

Influenced through her Turkish-Cypriot heritage, Meliz shares a melting pot of unique cuisines from across the Mediterranean to the Middle East, showing readers how to create easy-to-follow recipes that pack a punch full of flavour and spices.

One thing Meliz is passionate about within her writing is how to create flavoursome meals for a busy family life. You don’t need to stick to the same-old dishes that you cook everyday when you have this book in your hands…simply adding a few spices influenced from her heritage will elevate a dish in seconds and creates dinner time to be exciting again!

Meatball & Chickpea Stew (Kofteli Nohut Yemegi)

Meliz Kitchen

This delicious stew is a perfect to warm you up during the cold winter months! The meatballs (kofte) are coated in breadcrumbs to keep the meat beautifully soft and tender when fried to keep the meat succulent. The meaty oils then coat and infuse the onions while they slowly caramelise with the buttery roux, which will thicken the delicious tomato and sweet red pepper sauce.

Serves: 4-6 people

Ingredients:

To Serve:

Method:

  1. In a heatproof jug, dissolve the stock cube in the boiling water and leave to one side.
  2. Place the minced beef in a large bowl. and add the breadcrumbs, paprika, dried mint, oregano, pul biber, parsley, garlic, Maldon Salt and pepper. Mix everything together well with clean hands. Shape the mixture into around 40-50 mini meatballs.
  3. Add the olive oil to a large pan over a medium heat and brown the meatballs, in batches, then remove to a plate.
  4. Add the onion to the oil and soften for 12-15 minutes until translucent and slightly caramelised.
  5. Add the tomato puree and sweet red pepper paste, coating the onion and allowing the red pastes to full release their oils for a minute or two. Add the butter to the pan, str through until it melts, then add the flour and whisk to form a thick roux (paste).
  6. Slowly pour in the stock, whisking the bottom of the pan consistently so that the roux dissolves into the liquid, and then add the chickpeas and ,eatballs to the pan. Stir everything very gently to avoid breaking the meatballs, and bring the stew to a boil.
  7. Reduce the heat to a slow simmer, place the lid on the pan and leave to cook for 20-25 minutes until the sauce has reduced and thickened a little.
  8. Serve with an extra sprinkling of Maldon Salt, dried mint, pul biber, cracked pepper and fresh parsley. Raw onion wedges, pickles, olives and fresh bread are also delicious to serve on the side.
Meliz Kitchen

In Conversation with Meliz Berg

We were lucky enough to sit down and talk with Meliz in getting to understand where her inspiration to release a cookbook came from. We also explore in ways to elevate family dishes and also revealing her own personal favourite recipe from her book.

Meliz, firstly we wanted to congratulate you on your debut cookbook recently: Meliz’s Kitchen! Where did the inspiration come from for you to finally collate your delicious recipes into a book?

Thank you so much! I honestly wanted to write this cookbook for as long as I can remember. Oral tradition has played a huge part in passing down these recipes for my family; I watched my grandmothers, mum and aunties cook these recipes instinctively, over and over again, yet when I first moved out into my own home, I would regularly call my mum so she could talk me through cooking the recipes myself; even though I’d watched her for so many years, I took for granted how easy and instinctive she would make it all look. These recipes are so special to me, and I wanted to preserve them; by writing them down and collating them into Meliz’s Kitchen, I have now preserved them indefinitely, not just for my own family, but for others who share the same culture and traditions as my own, and have also exposed them, including the ingredients and cooking methods used, to unfamiliar audiences too.

In the book you showcase a melting-pot of beautiful, different cuisines. Is this something you feel passionate about sharing with your readers?

Absolutely. Cyprus is a melting-pot of influences, that centre between East and West, yet there has always been this misconception that Cypriot food is just Turkish and/or Greek food. Although the influences from both these cuisines is undeniable, the infiltration of so many other cultures, empires, cuisines and ingredients (Byzantine, Ottoman, Venetian, Arabic, Levantine, Mediterranean Asian, I could go on and on) over centuries has inevitably resulted in a separate, unique Cypriot cuisine in itself. Even though the umbrella of Cypriot cuisine covers recipes cooked generally by both Turkish and Greek Cypriots, some of the dishes and flavour-combinations utilised by the Turkish Cypriot community differ from those cooked by our Greek-Cypriot neighbours and vice-versa and can even differ from village to village, and family to family; the recipes that came from my family’s Turkish-Cypriot kitchen are the ones I grew up with, which I have highlighted with personal stories and anecdotes throughout the book.  

You must have a favourite recipe in the book! Can you share with us?

Oh goodness, I have so many, for various reasons; some for the nostalgia, some for the triumph of not giving up on a challenging recipe until it was “perfect”, but I think, for its simplicity, layers of flavour, and popularity since releasing the book, it has to be “Kıymalı Garavolli” (One Pot Lamb Mince & Conchiglie Pasta).

What would a normal day-in-the-life be for you Meliz?

Once my children are at school, I’ll either start the day with an hour’s admin to catch up on emails before recipe testing, or, if I have more than one recipe test to do then I’ll go shopping first to pick up any last minute ingredients and start testing as soon as I get back home. If I’m working on a tried and tested recipe, then I’ll film the recipe to have some content to create reels with, and that recipe, or part of it at least, will also serve as the evening’s dinner. I usually schedule (online) meetings at the start and end of the day so that I can have a full, interrupted run of cooking and filming and try to clear and tidy the kitchen away before picking the children up from school. Then it’s after-school activities, homework, dinner, baths, and once we’ve listened to them read, I turn the laptop back on to start working again, haha! I work most evenings, either writing up recipes or editing videos and recipe reels.

Family meal recipes always seem to get a ‘bad-rep’ of being dull and boring…what are some easy ways people can elevate a dish and turn it into something deliciously new!

Have a well-stocked store cupboard with spices, condiments and pulses that will help to add flavour and umph to any dish. I love dried herbs such as dried mint and oregano, spices such as pul biber, paprika and smoked paprika, and always have extra virgin olive oil, pomegranate molasses, vinegars and honey on hand to create dressings and marinades. Stock cubes are also so underrated and I always use them to cook rice, pasta and pulses with, as well as adding them to sauces, soups and oven baked dishes too. And a sprinkling of Maldon Salt never goes amiss either!

Name 3 things in the kitchen that you can’t live without?

Grater (to grate hellim with – I cover everything in blanket of grated hellim), a pot of spoons (to taste my recipes as I cook), my trusted baking trays (I found some baking trays online that I swear by).

A little birdy told us you were a qualified music teacher before you started your recipe blog…would you say music and food are connected in a way?

I was – I taught secondary and A Level music, for 8 years, and studied music at university to Masters level; my university friends would regularly come over to my mum and dad’s house for some home-cooked Turkish-Cypriot food. I have such a deep connection with both food and music, and a song can automatically transport me back to a familiar place or time, in the same way as a bite of one of my favourite dishes can. Music, food, the arts in general, have this never-ending capacity to constantly develop, excite and satisfy.    

 After a busy day, what are some things you like to do to relax?

Sit at the piano and have a good old sing. I find it so cathartic.

Meliz’s Kitchen Cookbook

You can find where to purchase Meliz’s cookbook here and start creating your perfect family feast!

Make sure you have your Maldon Salt ready for these recipes! If you are running out, please feel free to browse on our Where to Buy Page to find your nearest store in which stocks our beloved Maldon Salt.

Lastly, we LOVE seeing your creations – please tag us on Instagram using the #maldonsalt so we can share your own take on Meliz’s recipes!

Xanthe Gladstone is a chef and seasonal food advocate based in the beautiful countryside of the Hawarden Estate, North Wales. Being a strong activist for food sustainability, we delve into the importance of eating healthier, sustainable foods and Xanthe’s tips on how you can join in.

Could you tell us where your passion for nature and food sustainability first begun?

I think it’s been a very long time coming – if that makes sense. I was very lucky to grow up surrounded by nature and so I think I had a long appreciation and understanding of it. I lost this a little bit in my teens but it slowly started to come back towards the end of my time at University. After I graduated and was a little lost on what to do next, I started getting really interested in food sustainability and cooking, that interest turned into a bit of an obsession. I became fascinated with the work of Dan Barber and that led me into lots of different avenues like growing your own food, mushroom foraging, cooking seasonally, and understanding regenerative farming. I had my head in a book about one or other of these topics for the best part of two years and I soon realised that I couldn’t not at least try to turn this passion into a career. 

Xanthe Leaning on Greenhouse

Nailing that work / life balance can be hard, do you have any advice on this and what is your favourite way to relax?

It can be hard for sure, especially when you love what you do, it’s hard to switch off! My work is often very physical and fast paced, especially when I have lots of supper clubs on, so it can be exhausting for my body as well as my mind. For the last few months I’ve really got back into exercise, more specifically hot yoga, which has been an absolute game changer for me. Stretching out and sweating is something I love doing. Exercise is for some people and isn’t for others, but try to find an exercise that really suits you and what you like doing, if you actually enjoy it then you’re more likely to do it consistently. It’s really helped me switch off and as a result had a hugely beneficial effect on my mental health. I also try to spend some time away from my phone when I want to properly switch off too or leave my phone at home and walk the dogs. 

You’re a strong advocate for Food and Sustainability, how can you become more sustainable when it comes to food?

It is a huge issue and one that has many different avenues but I think having a better understanding of where our food comes from is a good place to start. Luckily for us, the supermarkets make this very easy by having to display the country of origin of their fresh produce. So, when you are in the supermarket, have a look at the label and maybe try to stick to produce that comes from the UK, or maybe in winter Europe. It’s such an easy way to really get to know a bit more about seasonal eating, and you’ll realise that the UK actually has a lot to offer, especially in summer. 

Xanthe with Roasted Squash

People perceive moving to the countryside is when you want to settle down and relax at an older age. You proved this wrong by returning back from the corporate life to focus on growing fresh produce and cookery, is this something you want to influence more of for the younger generation?

I think yes, but more generally I would like to be able to influence younger generations to have a bit more confidence in a pursuing a career that they truly love! If that involves moving to the countryside, then I hope seeing my journey will inspire them to do something similar. I am very aware that I was very lucky to have a home in the countryside to go back to as I didn’t grow up in London, before I moved into my own cottage, so moving back in with my parents gave me some time to test the waters and figure out whether this was definitely what I wanted to do, not everyone has the opportunity. I hope that younger generations realise that there are so many different options when starting your career, and that city life isn’t for everyone. 

What would you recommend for people living in the city who still want to grow fresh produce with limited space?

There so much you can grow indoors or on a really small balcony. Tomato or chilli plants are such a fun thing to grow because they are Mediterranean plants anyway so like the heat of a home (to an extent). I always recommend growing herbs on a windowsill or balcony because some herbs are very hardy (like rosemary, thyme, sage) and others like parsley and basil will grow really well in summer. I use multiple herbs every single day so they are something that’s really worth growing for me. 

Top 3 things you can’t live without whilst your baking/cooking?

  1. A good non-stick pan and chopping board
  2. Olive oil
  3. And of course, Maldon Salt!

What does a typical working day look like for you at the Hawarden Estate?

My days are very varied so it’s hard to say what a typical day is like but I will attempt. I’ll start by walking my dogs and while I’m walking them check on the hens, and water the garden if it’s been very dry. There are a team of three of us in the garden so I’ll usually try to catch up with them around 9am and talk through jobs for the day/week. Then I may spend a couple of hours in the garden first thing followed by meetings with the kitchen team at Hawarden Estate Farm Shop or the events team at The Good Life Society, our office is in the middle of the gardens. Usually at lunch I go home and try to film a recipe video for Instagram, I kill two birds with one stone by cooking/eating lunch and creating content as I don’t really have time otherwise to do so. Then in the afternoon I’ll probably work from home catching up on emails, on Zooms, and organising logistics of events I’ve got coming up. In the evening I do hot yoga at Hot Pod in Chester, and then eat, watch tv and chill. 

Your favourite plant-based recipe to make?

Lots of pasta sauces I make are accidentally plant-based, and they’re a great thing to make to to get lots of veg in but also cook something delicious. My go to at the moment is a Slow Cooked Aubergine and Tomato Sauce. Not to be this person but there’s a recipe for it on my Instagram if you wanted to check it out.

Psst…Keep your eyes peeled on both our socials in the New Year, as Maldon Salt and Xanthe Gladstone are teaming up to celebrate all things veg and sustainability ahead of the upcoming Veganuary Month!

Interesting Recipe Ideas Using Clarence Court Eggs

Ever had that discussion whether the Christmas feast is at dinner time or lunch time? Believe me, it’s a constant quarrel we tend to hear as we head into the festive period!

So, why not put the spanner in the works and switch up the conversation completely…A Christmas Brunch?! It is the perfect way to create a relaxed environment on Christmas day amongst your family and friends as you tuck into dishes that you know and love…but with a festive twist! The reason we love a brunch here at Maldon is that there is never a set time, and you’re literally combining two meals in one, breakfast and lunch! Take your time; indulge in the delicious treats and share memories with loved ones around the table, building up the excitement for the rest of your plans on Christmas Day.

For this, we’ve teamed up with our good friends Clarence Court Eggs to bring you an abundance of classic, brunch-styled recipes to be enjoyed over the Christmas holidays. Jump to recipes such as our delicious ‘Turkey Scotch Eggs’; ‘Quail’s Eggs in Blankets’, and our tantalisingly good ‘Turkey, Cranberry and Stuffing Croque Madame’ to feast your eyes on a selection of savoury favourites. Or perhaps you are more into the sweeter things in life? If so, head over to recipes including our showstopping ‘Gingerbread and Butter Pudding’, or ‘Almond and Orange Buns’ to become truly embraced by the comforting, wintery flavours.

What Makes Clarence Court Eggs Special?

In our opinion, Clarence Court Eggs are better than most because they offer the widest variety of eggs sold across Britain; from the classical Burford Browns, to Quail’s Eggs and even Ostrich Duck! The reason why their eggs are adored by so many is that the Clarence Court birds are completely free-range, roaming freely across England’s green fields. This means that they lay at their own natural pace – never rushed – which causes the eggs to become deliciously distinctive and richer in flavour.  

 As soon as you spot The Clarence Court crown on a box, you know that behind the eggs is a team of dedicated, specialist farmers who nurture and provide specialist care for the birds to deliver the ‘finest, free range eggs on their farms.  It is because of this that you will find an intense, golden yolk when you crack open a Clarence Court egg, due to the rich diet and care that the farmers give to their birds…resulting with dishes bursting with flavour from the use of their bounty.

Now let’s take a look into the delectable brunch recipes that we have cooked up with Clarence Court! But first and foremost, are you team savoury or team sweet?

Savoury Brunch Recipes

For those who want a hearty way to start the day, we’ve cooked up several brunch dishes that hold focus on savoury flavours. With dishes infused with the wintery herbs and spices, your guests will be giving you praise as you introduce them to a brunch-feast fit for a king.

Christmas Spiced Turkey Scotch Eggs

Ah yes – the humble scotch egg. With the origins claiming to be derived from the renowned Fortnum & Mason department store in London within the early 1700s, this traditional dish consists of a hard-boiled egg wrapped in sausage meat and breadcrumbs. However, we wanted to take traditional and give it a festive sprinkle! Instead, we use turkey mince, spiced with the wintery flavours of cranberries, thyme and sage to enhance the spirit of Christmas with every bite you take. For the egg, we use the classic Clarence Court Burford Brown, soft boiled to give an oozing burst of taste. With a final sprinkle of Maldon Salt and our black peppercorns and you have created a savoury sensation to be loved by many over your Christmas brunch feast!

Quail’s Eggs in Blankets

Pigs in blankets are a cult favourite in Britain around the festive period…but it could be considered a little ‘meat-heavy’ if you’re tucking into these in the morning/early afternoon. So, we’ve whipped up a ‘brunch’ friendly alternative…Eggs in blankets using Clarence Court’s Quail’s eggs! The reason we chose quail’s eggs is because they are beautifully bite-sized and can be cooked in a matter of minutes. Therefore, when wrapped around a buttery blanket of pastry, this recipe will create the perfect little treat to be shared around brunch-time with family and friends…dig in!

Turkey, Cranberry and Stuffing Croque Madame

Cooked up a Christmas banquet and still have leftovers? Fear not, as we’ve created a glorious Croque Madame recipe packed with leftover turkey meat, stuffing and of course the renowned Burford Brown Eggs to be enjoyed around the table. Originating from France, the dish is the French version of a cheese toastie, but we’ve given it a Christmas touch with the use of shredded turkey meat and stuffing, sandwiched between sourdough bread. We fry the Burford Brown egg so that once you bite into the sandwich, you are met with a delicious ooze of rich yolk to give a burst of flavour. To give a node to the classic Croque Madame, we created a delectable béchamel sauce to be grilled on top of the sandwich, which is flavoured with parmesan and gruyere cheese and then sprinkled with the festive notes of nutmeg and a pinch of Maldon Salt to make the dish sing!

Sweet Brunch Recipes

Who say’s brunches need to be completely savoury? We’ve dished up recipes that can be also be enjoyed and loved by your fellow sweet-tooth friend. With the delightful flavours of winter orange; almond, nutmeg and cinnamon, your guests will be transferred to recipes in which will keep them warm throughout the day as the gear up for the rest of Christmas Day.

Gingerbread and Butter Pudding with Eggnog Custard

The classic bread and butter pudding… treasured by many for its simplicity but greatness in flavour. Believed to have been created dating back the early 11th century, we’ve took classical and introduced it to festivity through the use of Gingerbread loaf and Eggnog Custard! Made by slices of ginger, cinnamon and mixed spice loaf, the layers are met with the warming blanket of vanilla cream and whole milk spiced with cinnamon. Oven baked, the dish comes out proclaiming with flavour and wintery aromas that will make your guests sing with praise. For the topping, the Eggnog Custard is the final touch for this showstopping dish, where we use Clarence Court’s Leghorn White Egg Yolks to give warming, rich touch to the recipe.

Festive Orange and Almond Buns

These buns are filled with the Christmas flavours of orange, almond, and cinnamon which are perfect for a festive brunch. The dough comes out perfectly tender, which is great when you are tearing and sharing amongst friends and family. We also demonstrate the importance of an egg wash for these treats, using Clarence Court’s Burford Brown. The reason this holds importance is that the egg wash creates the pastry to become shiny and have a gorgeous, golden colour to them when baked in the oven. Not only is it significant in appearance, the egg wash also acts as a glue, helping the buns stick together and holding its shape within the baking process.

Ho-Ho-Ho…Delicious!

From reading this article we hope you become inspired to not become limited in creating the traditional dishes you would usually make around Christmas. Brunch is a way of exploring different flavours, whether that being savoury or sweet!  

Make sure you have your Maldon Salt ready for these dishes! If you are running out, please feel free to browse on our Where to Buy Page to find your nearest store in which stocks our beloved Maldon Salt ahead of the festive season…especially for our Smoked Salt for the delicious Festive Turkey Scotch Eggs.

Lastly, we LOVE seeing your creations – please tag us on Instagram using the #maldonsalt so we can share your culinary masterpieces on our socials.

Harrison Webb

We are joined with the marvelous Harrison Webb; a talented food blogger who has recently launched their debut cookbook: H’s Cookbook. Within the book you are greeted with Harrison’s favourite dishes, both classic and contemporary in flavours to be shared and loved with people around the globe. With a huge variety in recipes from breakfast, lunch and dinners to sauces and drinks…there really is a dish for every occasion!

In this Q&A, Harrison shares his reasons behind creating his book, where we are given insight to his own favourite recipes, where his passion for cookery came from and of course the meaning behind his viral TikTok on the recreation of Salt Bae’s £1,500 steak in which led him to become a viral sensation!

Harrison Webb Cookbook

We wanted to give you a huge congratulations you on releasing ‘H’s Cookbook’ this year! Can you tell us what inspired you to write this book?

Thank you so much, it’s been a goal of mine to do a cookbook for a while so it still hasn’t really sunk in yet. Friends, family and the people that follow me online inspired me to make one, they were always asking me “Why don’t you make a cookbook?” so I really owe it to them.

You must have a favourite recipe in your book! Can you share it with us?

I’ve thought about this a lot and it depends on what I’m in the mood for. The book is broken up into chapters for whatever you might fancy throughout the day. I think it has to either be the butter chicken or the roast potatoes with lemon rosemary salt. (Maldon salt to be specific!)

Where did your love and passion for food come from? Have you always been a ‘foodie’ or is it something that you’ve learnt to enjoy overtime?

I got my love and passion for food from my dad, we would always cook together and still do quite frequently. Food is such an important thing in my family, whenever we’d eat out at a restaurant I was always thinking about how I’d elevate a dish or would want to make it at home. So to answer your question I’ve definitely always been a ‘foodie’.

You became a viral sensation on TikTok from taking on Salt Bae’s £1,500 gold steak and replicating it for under £65! What was your purpose on showing people this?

I seriously was not expecting that video to go viral, I love that Salt Bae himself reposted the video so I think we’re on good terms. It was just an interesting take on how you could replicate this so-called gold steak without having to spend £1,500. There are of course loads of other things to factor in, but news outlets in the UK were quite literally eating up any press about him at the time. 

Would you say the younger generation are being inspired into learning how to cook through the use of social media and their influencers?

100% Yes! Food content really is everywhere on social media. It’s crazy to think that recipes can go viral now, the baked feta and tomato pasta for example left some supermarkets with a shortage of feta cheese, which just goes to show how powerful social media can influence people into the world of cooking.

What would you say your favourite cuisine is?

I get this question a lot and it genuinely is one of the hardest questions to answer. I love Indian food a lot, but the idea of mixing different cuisines and having small plates of everything would be the dream.

We can see you like to create popular food trends on the internet. Would you say your cooking style is more modern, or do you prefer the classical side of cookery?

I’d say a mix of styles, as you can learn so many things from cookbooks, online videos and also from the people you meet

What are the 3 things you can’t live without in the kitchen?

  1. A silicone spatula
  2. A Microplane grater
  3. And of course, Maldon salt!

If you could give one piece of advice for people learning to cook, what would it be?

I became obsessed with spaghetti carbonara and made it 2 times a day for about a week until I perfected it. Maybe that’s a little excessive and not everyone is going to do that. I find the best way to learn is to focus on one dish you really love, as you will be a lot more familiar with how it tastes and dedicated to getting it right. As cliche as it sounds just give it a go! Because even if you fail, the next time you make that dish or cook in general, you’re always going to improve from your past mistakes.

Harrison Webb
…Thank you Harrison!

You can now purchase Harrison’s cookbook here and discover the huge variety of delicious recipes in which you can recreate in your very own kitchen!

Need to purchase some more of our very own Maldon Salt to make these recipes? Head over to our Where To Buy page to find your nearest store!

Festive Cocktail Recipes to Serve at Your Christmas Party

Fancy a festive tipple? We’ve teamed up with our good friends Hayman’s Gin to create 3 delicious cocktails using their range. Quality is what we cherish here at Maldon, and Hayman’s Gin just does that through the making of their distilled treats. As a family-run business for over 150 years, Hayman’s uses only the finest of botanicals available with their two-day gin making process to infuse highly acclaimed flavours to their spirits. As a result, your left with a range of gin’s perfect for any occasion, particularly as we head into the festive period!

This article will explore the different flavours of each cocktail through the reflection of seasonality. This is an element in which is different to the normal, classic drinks you make all year around, as these cocktails will embrace the flavours and aromas that you experience as you head into the winter months.

We are first met with late summer as we create ‘The Salty Dog’ resonating the last notes of citrus and tanginess through the use of a salt rim. Growing into autumn we then make the concoction of ‘The Maldini’, where we start to use slightly bitter flavours as the season grows colder. Finally, if you want to jump to the ‘Pomegranate Fizz’ recipe, you will be able to create the perfect festive cocktail for your Christmas party this year. Bursting with flavours of glitz and dazzle, your guests will sing praise once you serve them these delights on your drinks trolley!

HAYMANS SALTY DOG

The Salty Dog – Hayman’ Exotic Citrus Gin

‘The Salty Dog’ was initially created by George Jessel in the 1950s, using a combination of gin and grapefruit juice to play a game of balancing the sweetness and bitterness together. And this is exactly what is echoed through the tastes of late summer; tethers of citrus and zest clinging onto the last summer months as the bitterness of autumn looms over. To reflect this, we used Hayman’s Exotic Citrus Gin. This spirit is bursting full of citrus through the use of pomelo, and mandarin whilst also having a faint bitterness through the Persian Lime.

 Within the recipe you will also be demonstrated how to use a salt rim for this cocktail.  As revealed, a salt rim using none other than Maldon Salt will enhance the sweetness of the citrus notes and balance out the bitterness. This is why you commonly see salt rims on margaritas, as the salt will offset the sweet and sour tastes of the drink as you take a sip. If you are more into the conventional things in life, you can find our Classic Tequila Margarita Cocktail on our Recipes, Blog and Tips page.

HAYMANS MALDINI

The Maldini – Hayman’s London Dry Gin

Autumn. The gradual transition of trees changing to auburn; temperatures turning cooler and daylight growing shorter. What perfect way to reflect this than through our recipe of ‘The Maldini’. 

Stemmed from the original ‘Martini Cocktail’, it is believed this drink was invented by Professor Jerry Thomas who was a 19th century bartender known to have made this drink at the Occidental Hotel in San Francisco. At basic level, you mix together vodka or gin with vermouth to give a slightly sweeter taste to the drink.

With our own take on ‘The Maldini’, we use Hayman’s London Dry Gin, a classic in their range. The result of crafting their gin over 2-days creates a fresh, crisp spirit with notes of winter juniper and spice. The recipe also reveals how to do a Maldon Salt solution. Simply mixing 100ml water and 4g Maldon Salt will allow the cocktail to have depth and counteract the bitterness from the gin and vermouth. Adding a cornichon for garnish may also appear out of place to a few of you, but did you know actually adding a pickled vegetable such as a gherkin or cornichon will enhance the flavour of the drink and reduce it from being as sharp!

HAYMANS SLOE GIN POM FIZZ

Pomegranate Fizz – Hayman’s Sloe Gin

‘It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!’ … And now for the grand finale as we head into Christmas…The ‘Pomegranate Fizz’. Using Hayman’s Sloe Gin, this wonderful spirit is a match-made-in-heaven for wanting to make a festive cocktail! Packed full of fruity notes of wild-foraged sloe berries, plummy aromas and hints of almond and frangipane, this really does scream out ‘Christmas’ to your guests. This recipe will show you how to utilise the sloe gin with a dashes of pomegranate juice and champagne to give a wintery fizz whilst you take your first sip.

Not only that, we also show you how to make an egg white foam for the top of the cocktail. This will add a glorious texture, mouthfeel and volume when you’re sipping this delicious tipple. Sprinkling a little pinch of Maldon Salt to finish off will enhance the sweetness of the drink and balance out the bitterness of the sloe berries.

To finish off, garnish this cocktail with sprigs of rosemary and pomegranate seeds to give pockets of sweetness and wintery pine. Although many might miss this step, garnishing your cocktail is a very important element of mixology as the final garnishing’s accentuate the drink’s flavours and aromas, tying them together before your guest take that first delicious sip.

Let’ Raise a Toast for the End!

All three of these gin-based cocktails are perfect to create for your Christmas party this year. ‘The Salty Dog’ is a great welcoming drink to freshen your guests’ taste buds as they come in from the cold and into the warmth of your home. ‘The Maldini’ then transports your guests to a more bitter, dryer side of flavours, cleansing their pallets for the final festive tipple…The ‘Pomegranate Fizz’. This cocktail is a great way to end your party with the dancing flavours of sloe berries, pomegranate and champagne for an added fizz.

We love to see your creations from the recipes that we post! Make sure to tag whilst you make these fabulous cocktails on Instagram using the #maldonsalt.

Hoppers
PHOTO BY: STEVE FINN: Hoppers The Cookbook. The Book Launch Of Karan Gokani.

Hoppers shares the love and passion for Sri Lankan cuisine in which is now being cherished throughout the three restaurants located around London: Soho, Marylebone and King’s Cross. The face behind the name is none other than Karan Gokani, co-founder and creative director of Hoppers…a huge advocate for this delicious cookery.

The name ‘Hoppers‘ itself derives from the common dish of a bowl-like pancake made from coconut milk and rice flour. Also known as ‘Appams‘ this dish is enjoyed by many Sri Lankan’s and Southern Indians for breakfast or even dinner time!

With seven years of great appreciation to the cuisine, Karan has finally released the debut ‘Hoppers: Cookbook’. Karan writes a story of personal memories, collections of the restaurant’s favourite recipes and stories through the many visits to Sri Lanka from when Hoppers was first conceptualised… Now, they get to share a little piece of this cuisine with you at home.

Hopper
PHOTO BY: STEVE FINNS: Hoppers The Cookbook. The Book Launch Of Karan Gokani.

Within this cookbook, Maldon Salt is used for the creation of the deliciously good Pol Sambol. Sambols in general sit between a relish and a salad, where raw ingredients are pounded with chilli flakes to be served as a condiment.

Make sure to use a pestle and mortar for this dish, as the pounding of the ingredients will break up the cells and release intensified flavours!

Pol Sambol

Pol Sambol | Recipe

Ingredients:

Method:

  1. Grind the black peppercorns, chilli flakes, Maldive Fish Flakes and Maldon Salt in a pestle and mortar until you have a coarse red powder.
  2. Add the green chillies and shallots and pound the mixture with the pestle until the ingredients start to break up into a rough paste.
  3. Add the grated coconut and continue to pound and stir until everything is well mixed and bright red. Add the lime juice gradually and taste as you go, you might not need it at all. This is best eaten straight away, but any extra sambol can be stored in the fridge for up to 2 days.
Hoppers Cookbook
PHOTO BY: STEVE FINN: Hoppers The Cookbook. The Book Launch Of Karan Gokani.

Make sure to grab your own copy of Hoppers: The Cookbook at your nearest bookstore to enjoy the tastes of Sri Lankan goodness in the comfort of your home!

We love seeing your creations you dish up on Instagram! Tag us using #maldonsalt so we can see your culinary concoctions come to life when you add a sprinkle of our salt.

Romy with Pack

October is the month in which families across the world will celebrate Diwali. Known to many as the ‘Festival of Light’, we look into what makes this festival so special to many religions. With the help of Romy Gill MBE, she shares her passion for Diwali from discussing what food is eaten during the festival to delving into her own special recipes she would make. From delicious savoury & vegetarian plates to sweet, decadent delights, Romy showcases these treats within her recipe series that we discuss further within this article. You can also head over to our Recipes, Tips and Blog Page to gain access to the full recipes for these dishes…you wouldn’t want to read these on an empty stomach!

Don’t forget to also check out our Q&A with Romy Gill as we go into greater detail about all things Diwali and her own take on the festival. She even shares her experience in being the first ever female Indian chef and Restaurant owner in the UK and giving advice for people wanting to learn how to cook – it’s certainly one that you wouldn’t want to miss.

What is Diwali, Festival of Light?

Did you know Diwali is one the biggest holidays celebrated in India? Eminently loved by Hindus, Jains, Sikhs and some Buddhists. Diwali is commonly known as the ‘festival of lights’ from the use of lighting oil lamps and decorative lights amongst homes and cities. The reason for this is to symbolise victory of goodness and light and triumph over the evil and darkness.

The celebrations span across 5 days, this year beginning from Monday 24th October. However, the dates change depending on the Hindu lunar calendar, so next year Diwali will take place Sunday 12th November. Each day has a specific celebration to it, with the days always involving an element of sweet treats, extravagant dinners and gifting with family and friends.

Romy with Chicken

What Food is Eaten During Diwali?

Now you’re probably thinking what food is usually eaten during this festival – I pre-warn you now, some of these treats will make you very hungry!

Diwali is a time full of feasting and enjoying a bundle of sweet treats with family and friends. The most popular of foods consumed over the festival is ‘Mithai’, a very traditional Indian sweet. Why mostly sweets you might ask? It is known that sweets are considered to be of purity and a blessed offering to the gods. These treats are usually fried, using sugar, chickpea and condensed milk.

Although sweets are the more popular choice during the festival period, what about the more savoury based dishes? Aloo Tikki’s (fried potato patties) and Samosas are some of the more popular choices for people. These are jam packed with stuffings of either mincemeat, or lentils/roasted vegetables, holding irresistible flavours of Indian spices and crispy textures.

As you can see, there are a bountiful of foods to choose from during Diwali, but what we really want to know is…can you make any of them? A chef who is certainly no stranger to cooking decadent foods during Diwali is the glorious Romy Gill MBE.

Romy with Dal

Who is Romy Gill?

Romy Gill is the UK’s first British/Indian chef to become a restaurant owner in Gloucestershire, 2013, ironically named ‘Romy’s Kitchen’. Although since closing, Chef Romy continues to be renowned for being a remarkable cook, food writer and broadcaster in the South-west England. Featured in shows such as BBC One’s Ready, Steady Cook and Sunday Brunch, Romy infuses her West Bengal heritage and British Lifestyle in her cookery, showcasing the decadent flavours of traditional Indian cuisine in her dishes. Her outstanding cooking and services in the hospitality industry even took her to being appointed an MBE in 2016 during the late Queen Elizabeth’s 90th Birthday Honour List.

Being absolutely delighted to team up with Romy ahead of the Diwali celebrations, we were eager to know what should we dish up during Diwali.

Roast Chicken

Romy’s Recipes for Diwali?

Romy emphasise that in India you do not eat meat every day, with herself mostly consuming plant-based foods as a child. Through her heritage, she wanted to showcase the variety of dishes you can serve up during Diwali, whether that being a focus on meat or a more vegetal based dish.

Within the next section we will look through a few main recipes Romy has shared with us that would make great dishes to serve during the Festival of Lights. This will include a delicious starter of Roasted Stem Broccoli, served on Creamy Feta, the infamous Moong Bean Dal as a main, and to finish up with dessert, the decadent Orange and Cocoa Cake…delicious! All 3 of these recipes are listed in full detail on our Recipes, Tips and Blog Page, as well as other delicious ideas for Diwali food, including the magnificent Hot and Spicy Whole Roasted Chicken served with a bundle of spiced Roasted Sweet Potatoes.

Roasted Broc

A kick- ‘Starter’ to Diwali – Roasted Stem Broccoli, Served on Creamy Feta

Talk about flavour! This starter of stem broccoli, roasted with zaatar, chilli flakes and Maldon Salt rests on a bed of a rich, creamy feta. Funnily enough, broccoli is actually one of the few vegetables used in Indian cuisine! However, this is what Romy is so well known for, through merging her own West Bengal heritage with British influence to create these delicious dishes. To pair with this, Romy lays the broccoli on a bed of creamy feta, to provide a rich, tangy burst of flavour whilst you tuck into this dish.

Moong Bean Dal

The ‘Main’ Event – Moong Bean Dal

What could be more traditional that Romy’s Moong Bean Dal for Diwali? If you are not entirely sure what ‘Moong Beans’ are, they are whole lentils (with skins on) that are widely used in Asian cooking. Romy notes it’s a good idea to soak them overnight to reduce the cooking time and make the texture more pleasurable to the final dish, whilst also giving a mild bean, nutty taste. Within this recipe she also shows you had to make tadka. This is a heat-based technique used to infuse an abundance of spices, herbs and dash of ghee (oil) to add a burst of flavour to the dish. Best to serve with this dish, Romy notes either pairing flatbreads or rice would go well. Romy’s Lemon Rice, sprinkled with roasted peanuts is a particularly delicious pairing!

Orange and Cocoa Cake

No ’Desserting’ this dish! – Orange and Cocoa Cake

The finale to a Diwali feast fit for a king…the decadent orange and cocoa cake. The appetite for cocoa is on the rise for India, with many replacing mithai (rich, creamy sweet treats) with cocoa for a much more ‘healthier’ alternative. Romy delves into showcasing an iconic flavour pairing of orange and chocolate, where the rich, intense flavour is balance by the fresh, zesty tones of the orange. Both of these flavours have such warming qualities to them and makes a great showstopper to end a feast of delights for this years’ Diwali.

Stuffed Courgette

Food for Thought…

To summarise, this article enlightened us on the significance of Diwali for many around the world. Focusing on the food element of the festival and why treats are most commonly enjoyed, it is clear to see a huge variety of recipes you can try making yourself during the celebration. As mentioned above, feel free to browse through Romy’s recipes she’s worked on with us here at Maldon Salt, including delicious showstoppers such as the Stuffed Courgettes with Lamb Mince.

Please share your creations through #maldonsalt on Instagram, we love seeing the creativity and fun you have when following them. If you are interested in wanting to learn how to cook more recipes with us, head over to our YouTube Channel to become inspired by an abundance culinary creations.

Psstt… don’t forget to read through our Q&A with Romy as well… it makes an excellent read when you have a cup of tea and a slice of cake by your side!