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The arrival of the fresh Olive Oil harvest seemed the perfect moment to indulge in another family treat, Taramasalata. Since it isn't commonly available, we all get rather excited when we acquire some Smoked Cod's Roe and can make it using a proper Greek Taramasalata recipe, rather than the baby pink fluff sold in the supermarkets.

Fortunately for us our lovely friends at Inverawe Smokehouse, in the West of Scotland near Oban, sell Smoked Cod's Roe. Using our own fresh harvest of Monterosa Extra Virgin Olive Oil we were able to whip up this delightful Taramasalata dip.

If you have never tried to make Taramasalata dip yourself, watch Angus in action below showing you how to use the Taramasalata ingredients to make a Taramasalata from heaven.

Taramasalata Recipe

Ingredients

Preparation

First soak the cod's roe in cold water for a couple of hours, to remove some of the excess salt, then rinse and drain it. Peel off the skin and mash it well with a fork. Now gradually whisk in the lemon juice using a hand blender if you have one, although a fork or whisk will do if you feel you really need some exercise to earn your Taramasalata dip.

Now slowly drizzle in the Monterosa Extra Virgin Olive Oil or another of our Extra Virgin Olive Oils, keeping whisking all the time until the whole mixture emulsifies and thickens a little. If it becomes too thick slake the mixture with a splash of boiling water. Finally mix in the garlic and parsley. 

Taramasalat dip is delicious either spread thickly on bread or on tortillas. We chopped wholewheat tortillas into triangles and dunked them into the dip - Irresistible!

Just to prove how delicious homemade Taramasalata recipe can be, as a family we nearly polished off the whole bowl we had made prior to taking the actual recipe photos. You can see the incriminating evidence from our photo below, sorry!

Taramasalata


Bramble VinegarJohn Quigley’s Hot smoked salmon, ruby grapefruit, shaved fennel, pistachio and watercress salad with minty crème fraiche and Bramble Vinegar dressing.

Ingredients

  • 1 Ruby grapefruit segmented
  • 1 small fennel bulb very finely sliced
  • A handful of watercress or rocket
  • 300g hot smoked salmon flaked into bite size pieces
  • A small handful chopped pistacchios
  • 6 tbsp crème fraiche
  • 4 tsp Bramble Vinegar
  • 1 tbsp mint sauce

Preparation

Combine the crème fraiche, bramble vinegar and mint sauce in bowl and mix together, ideally to the consistency of single cream, if not add a little water. Divide and arrange the grapefruit, fennel, watercress and salmon between 4 plates, drizzle over the dressing and sprinkle on pistachios.

John Quigley is Chef and patron of the well respected Red Onion Restaurant in Glasgow and is always welcome at Demijohn!


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