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Gazpacho Soup

Autumn is looming and I greedily salvage the last of the ripening tomatoes and exuberantly bolting lettuces before the imminent frosts turn them all the dreary mush. Unexpectantly warm late summer days call for a final summer soup but my home-grown cherry tomatoes are far too precious (and few and far between) to blitz into soup so this marvellous recipe is the perfect answer.

Fresh, summery, full of vitamin C, and a delightful vehicle for lashings of health boosting and delicious Extra Virgin Olive Oil. As an added bonus it entirely dispenses with the need for all the boiling water faff of skinning fresh tomatoes too.

This delicious Gazpacho, perfected by the impressive culinary talents of a talented family friend, has come to my rescue in my battle against many a greenish, or even mud-brown Gazpacho recipe. Delightfully quick to make and using very simple ingredients it satisfies my family's insatiable enthusiasm for SOUP and yet dispels any gloomy hint of a Scots root vegetable broth in the summer months.

Ingredients:

Gazpacho Soup

Preparation

Place the ingredients in a blender and whizz until smooth. Adjust your seasoning and oil and vinegar if needed to taste. Serve cold topped with croutons of wholemeal or sourdough bread fried in some of our Extra Virgin Olive Oil.


Vegan Carrot Cake Muffins

Thanks to the inclusion of the eponymous carrot these Carrot Cake Muffins seem to carry more virtue on their fluffy shoulders than other cakes, though I do have to occassionally remind the Demijohnnies that they really don't count as part of their 5 a day!

However, they are both delicious and can, thanks to their entirely non-dairy ingredients, also be happily munched by our vegan supporters too. The use of our Perthshire Rapeseed Oil ensures a truly moist and sweet, carrotty cake. A word of warning, when served at the garden tea table the Demijohn hens also took a shine to them and managed to steal one from the tea table – so guard your Carrot cake Muffins well!

Ingredients

  • 100g Self raising flour
  • ½ tsp ground mixed spice
  • 100g golden caster sugar
  • 75ml Perthshire Rapeseed Oil
  • 50ml non-dairy milk (we used an instant home-made version of oat milk which seemed to work!)
  • ½ banana, mashed well
  • 125g carrot, peeled and grated.

Non Dairy Carrot Cake Muffins

Preparation

Heat the oven to 190C/fan 170C/gas 5. Line a six hole muffin tray with case. (Mine is for large muffins, a cupcake tray will make twice as many). Mix the flour, mixed spice and sugar in a bowl. Then add the Perthshire Rapeseed Oil, oat milk and banana, followed by the grated carrot. Divide the mixture between the muffin cases and bake for 25-30 minutes until risen and golden. 


A simple Tomato and Basil SaladThis is a quick and easy salad recipe that not only tastes delicious, it takes seconds to prepare and is pretty healthy too. Our simple Tomato and Basil Salad is wonderful for making lunch a little more fresh, and great for a low stress dinner party starter idea. And if you grow your own basil and tomatoes, as we do, then as we have found it is a great way to use up a glut of homegrown produce!

Ingredients

Preparation

Slice your fresh tomatoes and lay in a shallow dish or plate. Chop a ball of Mozzarella into slices or chunks and lay on top of the sliced tomatoes. Remove fresh basil leaves from their stems and sprinkle generously over the whole dish. Crack over some salt and pepper, adjusting for your own personal taste. Then drizzle first 25 Year Old Balsamic Vinegar over the salad, then more liberally, our Kabbadates Extra Virgin Olive Oil. The order of vinegar then oil is important, as the oil will wash the balsamic vinegar through the salad giving you a more rounded dressing. 

This dish can be made either in a single layer or mutiple layers depending on numbers to be fed. It can be served with nice thick homemade wholemeal bread or ciabatta. If you haven't got Mozzarella to hand then try this dish with flakes of parmesan cheese, a surprise is in store!


Festival Blackcurrant Gin Ice CreamOur Festival Blackcurrant Ice-Cream is made with our deliciously rich Blackcurrant Gin Liqueur 20% which has been popular with our customers since we opened up shop in Edinburgh in 2004. No wonder then that it makes a very delicious ice-cream!

Ingredients

  • 500g washed blackcurrants
  • 150g sugar 600ml double cream
  • 60ml Blackcurrant Gin Liqueur 20%

Preparation

Stew the blackcurrants with the sugar and 3 or 4 tbsps water until the fruit is soft. Puree them, then sieve out the seeds and allow to cool. Stir in the double cream and Blackcurrant Gin Liqueur. Chill the mixture in the fridge for 30 minutes then churn in an ice-cream maker for 20 to 30 minutes.


The sweet spiciness of our Rhubarb and Ginger Cordial is the perfect addition to my Rhubarb Ice Cream recipe to lift the richness of the double cream used in this indulgent mix.

One of the first things in our garden to burst into leaf, and very enthusiastically, is the rhubarb. The sprouting crowns are one minute emerging from the earth like tiny aliens, the next we are surrounded by thick dark leaves shading out everything they can! It's the work of a moment to seize a few tender stems, and I recommend getting them early when they are sweetest, and stewing them to make some deliciously rich Rhubarb Ice Cream.

Not everyone in our family is as fanatically gingery as I am so rather than adding a significant amount of ginger to create a Rhubarb and Ginger Ice Cream I like to team a scoop of this with a gingery butter biscuit to achieve pudding perfection.

Rhubarb Ice Cream Ingredients

Preparation

My sugar to rhubarb ratio is rarely measured so please feel free to add only a little of the sugar at the start of cooking and adjust to taste after cooking while the rhubarb is still hot. Stew the rhubarb in a lidded pan over a medium heat until the stems are tender throughout but only just starting to fall apart.

Once cooked and cooled remove half the rhubarb mixture (approx 250g) and puree it. Stir into the cream, add the Rhubarb and Ginger cordial and finally the remaining un-puréed cooked rhubarb. Pour the mixture into an ice-cream maker, or alternatively whisk into an ice-cream tub and put into the freezer removing every half hour or so to beat and break up any ice-crystals.

Rhubarb Ice Cream using our delicious Rhubarb & Ginger Cordial

Gingery Butter Biscuit Ingredients

  • 100g soft unsalted butter
  • 50g caster sugar
  • 150g self raising flour
  • 1 tsp ground ginger

Beat the butter and sugar until creamed then add the flour and ginger and mix together gently to form a dough. Roll into small balls about cherry sized and space well apart on a lined baking tray. Dip the tines of a fork in cold water and use it to flatten the biscuits. Bake in a preheated oven at 180degreesC or 160fan, gas mark 4, for about 15 minutes.

Allow to cool on a wire rack and then perch one on a scoop of delicious Rhubarb Ice Cream and and a swirl of stewed rhubarb and eat. For a more intense gingery dessert, try a splash of our handmade Ginger Wine 14.5% over your Rhubarb Ice Cream.

Other Rhubarb Recipes

Rhubarb and Mead Pavlova

Easy Rhubarb and Ginger Wine Trifles


Seville Orange Marmalade Ice CreamThis deliciously grown-up ice-cream is wonderful served on top of freshly peeled orange segments.

Ingredients

Preparation

Mix together the ingredients adding the Gin sparingly. Check the taste and adjust the quantity of Seville Orange Gin accordingly. Chill the mixture for half an hour then churn in an ice cream maker. Freeze in an ice cream tub remembering to remove it from the freezer half an hour before serving to allow it to soften a little.


Elderflower Vinegar and Lemon Oil Pair

This is a simple to make vinaigrette which was first invented by Mrs Wilson of Biggar, one of many enthusiastic Demijohn customers.

Ingredients

Preparation

Add the Elderflower Vinegar and Yorkshire Lemon Rapeseed Oil to a jug with a wide neck. Grate a small amount of lemon jest to the mixture. Adjust for salt and pepper. Pour complete mixture into an old Demijohn bottle of at least 300ml capacity and shake vigourously. Use to dress green leaf salads.

Deliciously delightful, thankyou Mrs Wilson!

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White Truffle Oil being used to make Truffle Oil and Parmesan Wedges

We think the rich earthy flavour added to these potato and sweet potato wedges by our White Truffle Oil adds a delicious depth of flavour to them. Serve with stuffed, pancetta wrapped chicken breast or home-made steak burgers and mountains of green salad.

Preheat the oven to 200C. Cut the potatoes and sweet potatoes into wedges lengthways. Depending on size of the potato I get about 8-12 wedges per potato. In a bowl mix together the wedges, Kabbadates Extra Virgin Olive Oil and teaspoonful of salt and then spread in a single layer on two baking sheets.

Bake the wedges for 15 minutes then turn them and return to the oven for another 10 minutes. Once golden and crisp remove from the oven, drizzle with the White Truffle Oil, grated Parmesan and a light sprinkling of course sea-salt and chopped chives to taste. Serve immediately to avoid the wedges going soggy!


Rich Chocolate Fudge Cake

Demijohn HQ is currently having to double as home-school depot and so I feel it is my duty, as catering department, to provide an occassional break-time treat to buoy the spirits as we all tussle with tech!

This indulgent cake seems to go down well with all ages and was just as welcome for those of us who left school a moment or two ago and are finding it an interesting challenge to aid and supervise. Fortunately Mr Mill's morning PE exercises will be going some way to burning it all off again too!

By using our wonderfully fresh Perthshire Rapeseed Oil this recipe ensures that this rich Chocolate Fudge Cake is as rich and fudgy as its name requires.

Chocolate Fudge Cake

Ingredients:

  • 175g Self Raising Flour
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 150g caster sugar
  •  2 tbsp Golden Syrup
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 150ml Perthshire Rapeseed oil, plus extra to grease the tins.
  • 150ml semi-skimmed milk

Icing ingredients:

  • 100g unsalted butter
  • 225g icing sugar
  • 40g cocoa powder
  • 2 1/2 tbsp of milk (a little more if needed)

Preparation:

Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 4/ 180°C/160°C {Fan Assisted]
Grease two 8 inch cake tins and line the bases with parchment.

Seive the flour into a bowl, and stir in the cocoa powder, bicarbonate of soda and caster sugar.

Make a well in the centre and add the syrup, eggs, sunflower oil and milk and beat well,until smooth, with a whisk, either hand held or electric. (I feel sure the aforementioned Mr Mill the P.E. Teacher would approve of the hand held version more)

Divide the mixture between the two cake tins and bake for 25-30 minutes until risen and firm to the touch.

Allow them to cool in the tin for 10 minutes or so before turning out onto a wire rack.

Chocolate Cake

Icing:

Beat the butter until it is soft then gradually seive in the icing sugar and cocoa powder and add enough milk to make the icing fluffy and spreadable. 

Sandwich the 2 cakes together with butter icing and cover the sides and top of the cake with more butter icing. Additional decorations can be added by creative pupils needing a break from academia!


Like so many others we've found it incredibly hard to get hold of flour during the Covid-19 Lockdown of Spring 2020. Since an initial flurry of baking our supplies have vanished and we've had to think of flour free sweet treats to bring those little moments of indulgent luxury to life.

These incredibly rich liqueur truffles fit the bill perfectly. If you're lucky and manage to hide a few away in the freezer they would make a lovely Father's Day gift idea too and can buy the drinks required easily in our Egg Box of Delights Father's Day Gift Set. They're also incredibly easy to make, if a bit sticky!

Boozy Chocolate Truffles

Ingredients:

Chocolate coatings:

  • Pistachio kernels, crushed
  • Cocoa powder
  • Orange zest
  • Dessicated coconut
  • Icing sugar or Hundreds of thousands.
  • Granulated sugar or chocolate vermicelli
  • Melted chocolate

Boozy Truffles are made using 6 of our favourite liqueurs

Preparation:

Chop the chocolate as finely as possible and place in a bowl. Warm the cream in a pan with the butter until the butter is melted and the cream is steaming but not boiling. Pour the cream mixture over the chocolate and stir well until the chocolate is all melted and stirred together with the cream.

Now divide your mixture into six bowls and add the liqueurs to each, add a teaspoonful at a time and keep mixing. Adjust the quantity according to taste. Put your bowls of ganache into the fridge and allow to cool for as long as possible. We left ours for a little over an hour, longer would be better! 

Once the ganache is thoroughly cooled shape the chocolates. A melon baller would be much neater than my attempts with two teaspoons but since they are home-made I thought that we could get away with the rustic look! If your ganache is really well chilled dip the melon baller/spoon in hot water to help it shape the chocolates. Roll each chocolate in your chosen coating.

We used cocoa powder for the Seville Orange truffles decorated with a miniscule sliver of orange zest, crushed pistachios for the Mead truffles and desiccated coconut for the Spiced Rum Truffles but use your imagination! Sugar or chocolate vermicelli would also make a good coating had we had any in the cupboard.

Finally, store your chocolates in an airtight box in the fridge or freeze if keeping for more than a few days.

Our Boozy Chocolate Liqueur Truffles, delicious!

How do I buy the liqueurs for this recipe?

The 6 liqueurs we used in our Boozy Truffles Recipe are the same as those contained on our Egg Box of Delights Father's Day Gift Set. However, you can quickly vary the quantities and type of each drink you use via our Liqueurs page.


In a gentle bid to dodge the ubiquitous trouser shrinking fairy of Lockdown, we tried this low carb Cauliflower Hummus which is variation on our Original Hummus Recipe that uses chickpeas. Vary the Olive Oil quantities as to taste and your own determination to also lower the fat content, but meanwhile keep in mind that our Kabbadates Extra Virgin Olive Oil is a great source of anti-oxidants and beneficial mono-unsaturated fats.

The real secret to perfect the flavour of this recipe is choosing a strong flavoured olive oil and using plenty of garlic, Tahini and balancing amounts of salt and pepper to season. This will maximise the delicious final taste.

Cauliflower Hummus Recipe

Ingredients:

Cauliflower Hummus and our Original Hummus recipes make delicious healthy dips for all the family

Preparation:

Break the cauliflower into florets and either steam them or microwave them with a very small amount of water until just tender. Put in the big bowl of your food processor with all the other ingredients and blend thoroughly until smooth.

Adjust the lemon juice, salt and pepper to taste and add a small amount of water only if it seems a bit too thick. Once it is as smooth as you require transfer to a pretty bowl to serve from and top with a sprinkling of paprika, pine nuts or finely chopped parsley and a drizzle of olive oil. Serve with vegetable crudites or flatbreads.

For quick and effective variations on the original hummus recipe, use our Infused Rapeseed Oil Trio

Quick and Easy Recipe Variations

You can vary your Cauliflower Hummus recipe using any of our infused rapeseed oils to quickly make more varieties of flavoured hummus.

To spice your Cauliflower Hummus up a bit, replace half of the Olive Oil with our Yorkshire Chilli Rapeseed Oil  and make a Chilli Hummus. To make a zesty Lemon Hummus, use our Yorkshire Lemon Rapeseed Oil. If you like strong and distinctive smoked truffle flavour, then try adding some of our White Truffle Oil.

Please also try our Original Hummus Recipe for a quick and simple variation on this Cauliflower Hummus Recipe.


The upside of Home-schooling is the (usually) very good company of some lovely (I am a bit biased) teenagers. The art of keeping them lovely does however, partially, lie in keeping up an almost never ending supply of food available for lunches and breaks from work. Our Original Hummus recipe or Cauliflower Hummus recipe can both help in this regard!

Fortunately Mr D loves a challenge and having delighted in his Taramasalata recipe he was more than happy to have a go at something that has the added advantage of appealing to the our vegetarian or vegan supporters too. Once armed with some chickpeas, and his trutsy Extra Virgin Olive Oil, he was a tornado of healthy snack making!

Hummus Recipe

Ingredients:

Original hummus, delicious as a healthy dip for the whole family

Preparation:

Whizz the chickpeas together with most of the olive oil, or oil mixtures in a food processor until almost smooth. Add the garlic, lemon and tahini along with 2 tablespoons of water and whizz some more until the hummus is smooth and silky. If it still seems too thick add another tablespoon of water while gently pulsing the mix until the right consistency is achieved.

Transfer the hummus to a serving bowl and top with a swirl of the remaining oil and a sprinkling of smoked paprika. Serve with carrot and cucumber crudites or toasty Tortilla strips. Cue happy, if garlicky, recipients.

For quick and effective variations on the original hummus recipe, use our Infused Rapeseed Oil Trio

Quick and Easy Recipe Variations

Now you know the basics for making original hummus, using our infused rapeseed oils, you can quickly make even more delicious varieties of flavoured hummus. So if you'd like to spice your hummus up a bit feel free to replace half of the Olive Oil with our Yorkshire Chilli Rapeseed Oil to make a delicious Chilli Hummus.

To make an amazing  zesty Lemon Hummus, use our Yorkshire Lemon Rapeseed Oil. If you like strong and distinctive smoked truffle flavour, then try adding some of our White Truffle Oil.

Don't forget to also try our Roasted Cauliflower Hummus Recipe, another quick and simple variation on this Original Hummus Recipe.


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


Focaccia, made with fresh Monterosa Extra Virgin Olive Oil

While we risk ensuring that we all become the shape of Demijohns with our current enthusiasm for trying out new recipes I couldn't resist trying a new focaccia recipe using both our deliciously fresh Monterosa Extra Virgin Olive Oil and a touch of our 25 year old Balsamic Vinegar

It will work even better if you don't, as I did, forget to knead it again promptly after the first prove, but even with a slightly rushed second prove it seemed to go down pretty well and was demolished in 1 sitting. I recommend eating it with soup, with pasta, or just dunking chunks of it into the wild garlic pesto we made earlier in the week.

Focaccia Recipe

Ingredients

Preparation

Mix the yeast, flour, tablespoon of Monterosa Extra Virgin Olive Oil, salt and water to make the bread dough either by hand or in a bread maker. If making by hand once the ingredients are mixed well knead it vigourously and then leave to prove until it has doubled in size.

While it is proving slice the onion finely and stir in 1 tsp of olive oil and a tsp of Balsamic Vinegar and microwave in a partially covered dish for 1 or 2 minutes until the onion is softened and delicious!

Roll and pat out the proved dough into a rectangle on a greased baking tray about 25 x 30cm. Prod indentations over the whole dough and then top with the onion mixture. Leave the dough somewhere warmish to prove again for about 30 minutes.

Once more it should grow to about twice its size. Drizzle with 1 more teaspoon of olive oil and bake at 190 degrees centigrade or gas mark 5 for about 25 minutes. Even the smallest Demijohn who normally thinks onions are yukky guzzled this down with delight.

Focaccia, a delicious treat for a quick lunch to feed a hungry family!


Wild Garlic Pesto

Posted in All Recipes Food Recipes Quick & Easy Starters Dinner Party , by Frances Ferguson, on 24th March 2020

Wild Garlic Pesto

On the first beautiful Spring day last week my youngest Demijohn assistant and I found, sprouting joyfully forth on the river bank, plentiful tender shoots of wild garlic in between the thick riverside grass and occasional crazy waterborne daffodil. We then realised the wild garlic (allium ursinum) was growing closer to home in the front garden.

It's appearance has timed so perfectly with the arrival of fresh Kabbadates Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Corfu and fresh Monterosa Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Portugal that we couldn't resist making plentiful amounts of this delicious wild garlic pesto.

The result is the most verdant green emulsion that celebrates the fresh grassy notes of the new olive oil.

Wild Garlic Pesto Recipe

Ingredients

Preparation

Blend the garlic leaves adding a handful or so at a time in the small bowl of the blender. Add the pine nuts, garlic, parmesan and drizzle the Kabbadates Extra Virgin Olive Oil or Monterosa Extra Virgin Olive Oil in while continuing to blend.

Wild Garlic grows in sunny spots, often near daffodils and flowers normally in mid April in the UK

When a vivid green paste has been made add lemon juice to taste and season with salt and pepper to taste. This made a generous jar and a half so we used some right away and froze the remainder in smaller amounts. Delicious stirred through winter vegetables for roasting, couscous, bulgar wheat, pasta, puy lentils, or on bruschetta.

This recipe for wild garlic pesto can be varied to use green many other green leaf herbs in place of wild garlic to make your pesto, such as ramson, basil, coriander or even rocket salad leaves.


Flora's Fabulous Crostini. A deliciously easy starter for any dinner party.

The arrival of the fresh 2018 harvest of wonderfully springlike bright green Villa Montalbano Extra Virgin Olive Oil coincided with a very hungry teenager during a wet weekend in March 2019. The result was the creation of some delicious Italian Crostini, using our fresh Villa Montalbano Extra Virgin Olive Oil, which were generously shared with all the family.

Ever since our visit to Villa Montalbano Estate in 2002, to check on the olive harvest when the children were tiny, we have all raved about the enormous trays of crostini produced by Silvana, a lovely local neighbour of the Estate, which we wolfed in moments.

Flora's Fabulous Crostini came deliciously close. Crostini are often used as a quick and delicious starter in Italy, or as something to nibble on during a drinks party. 

Ingredients:

Preparation:

Flora's Fabulous Crostini on their baking tray

First slice the baguette into thin rounds, and lay the slices on a baking tray. Bake at about 180C in the oven for about 5 minutes until the bread feels crisp and is just beginning to brown. Don't be tempted to leave it too long.

Topping 1: Chop the mushrooms fairly finely and soften with olive oil and garlic in a pan. Season to taste. Spoon onto 1/3 of the baked crostini. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Topping 2: Finely chop ripe fresh tomatoes and mix with a spoonful of pesto, olive oil, salt and pepper. Spoon onto the 2nd 1/3 of the baked crostini.

Topping 3: Mix some pesto with a liberal amount of Villa Montalbano Extra Virgin Olive Oil or another of our Olive Oils to make it a slightly runnier consistency than the jar variety. Spoon onto the remaining crostini.

Return to the oven and bake for 5-10 minutes more. Grate fresh parmesan or pecorino over the crostini and serve.

Relevant topics:

Other Starter Recipes


Pici Asparagus with Balsamic VinegarI absolutely love pasta! Well done Italy for inventing such a food. However, you do need to have the odd inspirational thought when creating a pasta dish to ensure you don't get stuck in a "Pasta Bake Rut" or PBR for short.

Messing about at the stove last week I came up with this delightful little dish using fresh British Asparagus which has just come into season (and thanks to the long Winter, I do mean just!).

My pici pasta with asparagus uses our 25 year old Balsamic Vinegar and is fabulously quick to make. It also serves two good eaters, is superbly easy to wash up and whoever you are making it for will think you are a legend in the kitchen. So how is it done?

Ingredients (for two)

25 Year Old Balsamic Vinegar

Preparation

Chop onion, garlic, pancetta, asparagus and coriander before you start. The asparagus spears should be chopped in thirds, the other elements in chunks. Soften the onion, garlic and pancetta in a heavy based frying pan with a tbsp full of Kabbadates Extra Virgin Olive Oil. At same time, in a separate pan, cook your pasta.

Once browned, remove the onion, garlic and pancetta from pan and place to one side keeping warm. Add asparagus to pan and fry hard until the spears are looking scorched in places. Add back in the onion, garlic and pancetta mix, chopped coriander and another tbsp of olive oil. Now check pasta is ready, it should be "al dente," firm but not hard, drain and add to frying pan. Season with salt and pepper and mix contents of frying pan well on a low heat.

To Serve

Serve on large warm plates and drizzle our 25 year old Tagliavini Aceto Balsamico Extra Vecchio sparingly over each dish, adding grated parmesan cheese as required. An accompanying salad of green leaves, dressed with our Kabbadates Extra Virgin Olive Oil, and a good rich red table wine to drink will make this dish fit for any dinner party. Forget the PBR issue, anyone hungry?


Sausages with red onion and bramble glaze, a deliciously quick supper!

It was in the knowledge of the Bramble's amazingly beneficial properties that I embarked on making this delicious warming winter dish, using our popular Bramble Scotch Whisky Liqueur 23%, bolstered by the knowledge that it is doing us countless other goods!

Sausages with Red Onion and Bramble Glaze

Ingredients:

Preparation:

Fry the sausages in a heavy based frying pan turning them frequently. (the sausages shouldn't need more fat added to the pan if cooked patiently so you needn't feel too guilty about extra fat content!).

Once they are well browned and cooked through remove them to a warmed serving dish and keep warm.

Add the sliced Onion to the pan and gently soften in the remaining sausage fat, allowing to gently caramelise.

The recipe in the dish, ready to be eaten!

Once the onions are cooked to your taste turn the heat down and add the Bramble Scotch Whisky Liqueur. Allow it to bubble gently and thoroughly deglaze all the delicious sausagey bits from the pan.

Once reduced to a slightly syrupy consistency pour over the sausages and serve with buttery mashed potato and plenty of green beans or mange tout.

Related Topics:

The Tale of the Brilliant Bramble - When is a Bramble a Blackberry?

The very best Game Gravy

Atholl Brose with a Difference

Highland Bread and Butter Pudding


Mead and Lemon Syllabub

If you are looking for a deliciously creamy pudding that is simple and quick to make, our Mead and Lemon Syllabub recipe is the perfect answer. The sweet honey taste of our Traditional Mead, combined with zest of lemon and whipped cream is irresistible. A dinner party favourite for sure!

Ingredients

  • Zest and juice of 1 Lemon 
  • 100ml Traditional Mead 14%
  • 75g Caster Sugar
  • 300ml Pouring Double Cream

Preparation

Gently simmer the lemon zest and its juice, Traditional Mead and sugar in a pan to dissolve sugar and release the oils from the lemon.

Remove from heat and strain the syrup into a cool bowl, then add the double cream. Whisk until thick and then spoon into a Champagne coupe glass and chill for about an hour. Garnish with a twist of lemon peel.

Related topics

Meady Mouthfulls - Honey Mead Cookies

Rhubarb and Mead Pavlova

Ball of Mead


Pea and Mint Salad

Posted in Latest News All Recipes Food Recipes Quick & Easy Dinner Party , by Frances Ferguson, on 27th August 2017

Pea and Mint SaladThis is a fantastically quick and easy salad recipe using our first class Kabbadates Extra Virgin Olive Oil, that I use regularly to accompany our light lunches or sometimes a slightly heavier supper dish at home.

Ingredients

Preparation

Using a fork, prod out the garden peas into a bowl, rinse and drain. Add a small amount of roughly chopped fresh apple mint. Dress with Kabbadates Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Apple Vinegar and stir gently until well mixed.

Serve alongside your favourite light lunch or use as a healthy starter on its own. Happy munching!

   Frances

Some more salad recipes to try:

How to make 7 healthy salad dressing recipes 


My deliciously simple White Truffle Oil Pesto PastaI experimented with our new White Truffle Oil and the result was this indulgently rich pesto slathered on some tagliatelle pasta and pan fried chestnut mushrooms. Served with a simple rocket salad and a glass of white burgundy it made an indulgent and intensely flavoured summer's supper.

This is my recipe for tagliatelle with White Truffle Oil Pesto and chestnut mushrooms.

Ingredients

Preparation

In the food processor put 50g fresh rocket, 1 garlic clove, 30g crushed walnuts, zest of 1 lemon, 30g grated parmesan, 60ml White Truffle Oil and 60ml Monterosa Extra Virgin Olive Oil and blitz to a sauce. Add salt and pepper to taste. This won't be as smooth as pesto from a jar but that's part of its appeal.

Gently pan fry in a tablespoon of Monterosa Extra Virgin Olive Oil a generous helping of thinly sliced chestnut mushrooms until the mushrooms are just beginning to crisp.

Stir the pesto through tagliatelle and then toss the mushrooms gently through the pasta.

Serve with a shaving of parmesan on top and a rocket salad and truffle in!

   Frances


Tayberry Vinegar and Asparagus Tripoline RecipeIt is now public knowledge that I absolutely love pasta! Regardless of how hungry I am, I always have room for pasta especially when it is a simple dish using deliciously fresh ingredients. My Tayberry and Asparagus Tripoline recipe, using our deliciously fruity handmade Tayberry Vinegar is exactly that. Simple to make, magical to eat and with tiny amounts of washing up required.  I urge you to have a go at trying to make it.

Ingredients (for two)

  • 6/8 fresh British Asparagus Spears
  • 2 tbsp Tayberry Vinegar
  • 2 tbsp Monterosa Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 200g Tripoline Pasta (or other ribbon cut pasta such as Tagliatelle)
  • 80g Smoked Streaky Bacon
  • 1/2 Onion
  • 2 cloves of Garlic
  • Handful of fresh watercress
  • Parmigiano Reggiano
  • Salt & pepper

Preparation

Chop onion, garlic, bacon, asparagus and watercress before you start. The asparagus spears should only have their hard ends removed, the other elements in chunks. Soften the onion, garlic and bacon in a heavy based frying pan with a splash of our Monterosa Extra Virgin Olive Oil. At the same time, in a separate pan, cook your pasta.

Once contents of frying pan has browned, add a good splash of Tayberry Vinegar to the mix and allow onion to caramelise slightly. Cook your asparagus for just 2/3 minutes over boiling water, ideally use your pasta water and until both pasta and asparagus are "al dente," firm but not hard. 

Add the cooked pasta to your frying pan, mix well with the onion, garlic and bacon so all the lovely juices coat the pasta. Then add your fresh watercress. Stir quickly on a low heat and finally season with salt and pepper. (NB. Do not be tempted to cook too long after adding the watercress or you will ruin the desired raw nature of the watercress and it will turn stringy!).

To Serve

Serve on large warm plates, laying your cooked asparagus spears on the top of the dish. Finally drizzle a little more Tayberry Vinegar and Olive Oil over the dish before grating parmesan cheese, salt and pepper on as required.

An accompanying side salad of green leaves, cucumber and tomatoes, dressed with more Tayberry Vinegar and Monterosa Extra Virgin Olive Oil, and a good dry white table wine to drink will make this recipe a most excellent treat for lunch or supper. 


Scortched British Asparagus Spears on our BBQWoohoo! British asparagus season is here! Starting officially on 23rd April and continuing only until 21st June each year I get ridiculously excited by the appearance of it each year. With the remarkable spring sunshine we've been having this year it's easy to cook it in our preferred method, cooked asparagus on the grill or barbecue. Augmented with our Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar we think it's a fabulous feast.

There are many great recipes that use asparagus, such as our Pici Asparagus with Balsamic for example. If you can get hold of your butcher's best middle or streaky bacon to serve bacon wrapped asparagus that too is delicious. However, none are as simple as this one, our Scorched Asparagus Spears. Using the very best of our ingredients to dress the asparagus can produce a quick starter or a light lunch in literally minutes.

This recipe serves 2 to 3 people.

Ingredients

25 Year Old Balsamic Vinegar

Preparation

Wash the asparagus spears thoroughly and then trim the root ends by about an inch to remove just the stringy section. A good tip to know where to cut or break the speak is to hold the root end between thumb and forefinger in one hand and the centre of the spear in the other. Bend the shaft until it snaps. Consume the top section and use the remainder for soup later.

To cook, simply place on a hot BBQ and turn as the spears scortch. Do not be tempted to overcook as they dry out, this process should only take about a minute or two maximum. Cooking can also be achieved in a very hot frying pan or carefully watched under a hot grill.

Once cooked lay on the serving plate and dress with a little 25 Year Old Tagliavini Aceto Balsamico di Modena Extra Vecchio, then generously with Kabbadates Extra Virgin Olive Oil before finally cracking salt over the dish to taste. 

The asparagus can be served on its own for starter or with parma ham and salad to make a light lunch.


Traditional Bruschetta

Posted in All Recipes Food Recipes Starters Quick & Easy Dinner Party , by Frances Ferguson, on 29th August 2013

Traditional BruschettaA brisk yomp up a hill in the sunshine with an ecstatic dog this morning has left me ravenous and looking for a reward for such toil. Our new Cretan Sitia Extra Virgin Olive Oil beckons and I am already anticipating an evening drink at the garden table accompanied by some traditional Bruschetta. This simple recipe, otherwise known in Tuscany as Fettunta, is the traditional way of savouring the first olive oil harvest of the season. Since the sun is now shining here at Demijohn HQ we shall enjoy it as a celebratory herald of the great summer we have had!

Ingredients

Preparation

Slice the bread thickly and toast it until just golden. Slice a garlic clove in half and rub the bread with the clove all over. Drizzle generously with the olive oil and eat immediately. Adorn your bruschetta with a basil leaf or some anchovies if you're feeling exotic!


Cider Brandy Camembert

Posted in All Recipes Food Recipes Starters Quick & Easy Dinner Party , by Angus Ferguson, on 12th March 2013

The Cheeseboard Drinks SelectionIf you like cheese and need something for your nibbles at a drinks party, then this might be the perfect soloution.

Ingredients

Preparation

Puncture the cheese several times with a knife. Dribble the Cider Brandy over the cheese allowing it to soak into the puncture holes. Place the cheese in a preheated oven (to 180C) and allow to bake for 15 to 20 minutes until runny. Eat immediately - dunk crisps and repeat!

Why not try our Cheeseboard Drinks Selection, a special gift for cheese lovers


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!


Cider Brandy Sauce

Posted in All Recipes Food Recipes Main Dishes Quick & Easy Dinner Party , by Angus Ferguson, on 12th March 2013

Somerset 10 Year Old Cider Brandy 42%If you have ever thought that chicken needs a little help to become interesting, we this recipe might be just the ticket!

Ingredients

  • 25g sliced shallots
  • 2 peeled cloves of garlic
  • 20g of unsalted butter
  • 5 sprigs of thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 50ml 10 year old West Country Cider Spirit 42%
  • 500ml chicken stock
  • 50ml double cream
  • 180g unsalted butter

Preparation

Soften 25g sliced shallots and 2 peeled cloves of garlic in 20g of unsalted butter. Add 5 sprigs of thyme and 1 bay leaf and cook for a further 2 minutes. Add 50ml 10 year old West Country Spirit and reduce down to almost nothing. Add 500ml chicken stock and reduce by half, then add 50ml double cream. Whisk in 180g unsalted butter in small pieces and season with salt and pepper.

Delicious served with chicken, but is also great with pork.


Bramble Scotch Whisky Liqueur 23%A generous glass or two of our Bramble Scotch Whisky Liqueur 23% stirred into the juices of a roast duck or venison joint will make a gravy that will add enormous joie de vivre to your dish.

So simple anyone can do it!

Related Topics:

The Tale of the Brilliant Bramble - When is a Bramble a Blackberry?

Sausages with a red onion and bramble glaze recipe


Gooseberry Fool

Posted in All Recipes Food Recipes Dessert Quick & Easy Dinner Party , by Angus Ferguson, on 12th March 2013

Gooseberry Gin Liqueur 17%Gooseberries are such a wonderful British fruit and this recipe is one of our nations favourites!

Ingredients

Preparation

Simmer the gooseberries with 2 dessert spoons of caster sugar until they are soft. Drain the juice off into a bowl and blend the gooseberries with 1 glass of Gooseberry Gin Liqueur. Add gooseberry gin, sugar and reserved cooking juice to taste until a soft pulp is achieved. Sieve the blended pulp to remove the seeds and fold into an equal quantity of ½ whipped cream and ½ greek yoghurt. Serve with very thin shortbread.


Speedy Zabaglione

Posted in All Recipes Food Recipes Dessert Quick & Easy Dinner Party , by Angus Ferguson, on 12th March 2013

Somerset Pomona 20%This is a Zabaglione recipe of the most untraditional nature and is perfect for whizzing up for unexpected guests.

Ingredients

Preparation

Using a hand whisk beat the ice-cream and Somerset Pomona 20% together until the mixture is cold and fluffy but not frozen. Serve immediately in champagne saucers.

Anything else I should know?

This recipe can be used with just about all our hand made liqueurs. Have fun experimenting!


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