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I suspect I am like many other cooks that never accurately measure quantities when adding herbs & spices to a dish. This is fine until you want to reproduce one that you have enjoyed, how much of each herb/spice did I add! This is where the specialist blends of salts/peppers/herbs/spices really helps you control what you are adding, because they have been perfectly blended with exact amounts!!
Saison, which is based locally in Bridport produces wonderful blends of salt, pepper, herbs, spices & sugars which will bring out the best of your ingredients. Richard has travelled extensively throughout the Mediterranean and Middle East, sampling foods from every conceivable outlet. Richard is very passionate about his food and is a huge ball of information when you ask him about each of his blends It makes you just want to go straight home and try out all his amazing products!!
The same morning that I visited Saison’s HQ, I caught 6 wonderful mackerel from Chesil Beach and luckily one of Richard’s blends is recommended for oily fish (Lemon & Rosemary Pepper)
After filleting and deboning the mackerel, I brushed on a light layer of olive oil which helps the pepper to stick. I sprinkled a pinch of the Lemon & Rosemary Pepper over each fillet (both sides), then grilled the fillets until the skin was nice and crispy. I served this with a fresh orange & fennel salad and citrus vinaigrette. The pepper blend did not over power the fresh flavours of the mackerel and like it says on the can – warm & garlicky for lamb & oily fish….
Expect to see lots of photographs of other dishes using the range of blends that Saison produces over the coming months, they really are that good…. i.e. fresh skinned peaches & mangos soaked in vodka and a tablespoon of Rose & Orange sugar – leave for a couple of hours and serve with crème fraîche!
Flavoured Sea Salts
Lemon & Green Herb Salt – for green vegetables & white fish fillets
Orange, Fennel & Chilli Salt – for roast vegetables, chicken & pork
Tomato, Chilli & Garlic Salt – a spicy salt with an Italian Flavour
Wild Mushroom Salt – for roast beef, steaks & risottos
Lemon & Rosemary Pepper – warm and garlicky for lamb & oily fish
Strawberry & Mint Pepper – for salad dressings & smoked meat antipasti
Gingerbread & Spiced Sugar – for crumbles cakes & lattes
Lavender & Nutmeg Sugar – for biscuits, scones & milk puddings
Rose & Orange Sugar – for fresh & cooked fruits & dreamy desserts
Herb & Spice Seasoning
The Welsh Rabbit – for cheese dishes, eggs & vegetables
All in Stew – for tender, flavoursome results
British Root Roast – for sweet & spicy vegetable tray bakes
Brixham Fish Market – for fish pies, fishcakes and sauces
London Chop House – for grilled meats
Available online from his website or in all good farm shops, Washingpool Farm stocks the complete range…..
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