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Scorched Asparagus Spears

Posted in All Recipes Food Recipes Starters Quick & Easy Dinner Party , by Frances Ferguson, on 20th May 2014

Scortched British Asparagus Spears on our BBQBritish asparagus season is sadly short, starting officially on 23rd April and runs through until 21st June each year. It is such a fantastic tasting root vegetable, creating a buzz of excitement each year in our family to the point where we almost overdose on the stuff!

There are many great recipes that use asparagus, such as our Pici Asparagus with Balsamic for example. However, non 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

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.

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 Villa Montalbano 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!


Elderflower Vinegar and Lemon Oil BallThis 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.

Delicously delightful, thankyou Mrs Wilson!

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