Sunday, 13 March 2016

In The Kitchen With Brock & Morten - March 2016.

In the post a few days ago, I was greeted to this beautiful looking bottle of Cold Pressed Rapeseed oil from Derbyshire based Brock & Morten.

Their award winning Rapeseed Oil is produced using traditional methods in the Peak District on the family farm.
The first thing that stood out to me was the gorgeous yellow colouring that the oil has. You've more than likely seen the bright yellow flowers in fields across Britain, there are loads around May/ June time. It is the seed pods from these flowers that are then pressed at a low temperature meaning that this yellow colour is preserved. 

From what I'm aware, I've never actually tried anything made with Rapeseed oil so had no idea at the time what I was going to do with this huge bottle.

Rapeseed oil is great because of how versatile it is and it's health benefits.
It contains vitamin E, Omega's 3, 6 & 9 and is also low in saturated fat. It actually contains half the saturated fat that Olive Oil has and can be used in exactly the same way.

When I opened the lid and had a little taste/ sniff, the flavour that comes to mind is 'nutty'.
I wasn't sure how this would go down in a recipe as I didn't want that flavour to be too overpowering. 

I decided to use two of the recipe's from Brock & Morten's website as I'm not that good in the kitchen to be honest, hence the reason I eat out so much!

1) Homemade Mayonnaise - Recipe here.

I've always wanted to try making mayonnaise but always avoided it as I've heard it's hard to perfect.
I saw this as the perfect opportunity and got stuck in!

The recipe was really simple and easy to follow - here's my end result:

I was really pleased that I managed to get a consistency similar to other mayonnaise I've had before.
The oil's colour gives it a real homemade look rather than something like Helman's.
I've had a try and to say it was my first attempt, I was pretty proud of myself. Can't wait to dip something like fries in there.

2) Lemon Poppyseed Muffins - Recipe here.

Other than chocolate, my favourite flavour muffins are Lemon Poppyseed. With another foolproof recipe on the website resembling that of an all in one cake, you know, like the ones you made at school because there wasn't enough time for the full recipe, I went for it.

Here are my babies ready to go in the oven. 
I used cases a tad bigger than the size shown on the website yet it still managed to make 15 muffins altogether. I had to get another tray out!

The 3/4 full of mixture cases come out a perfect size and smelt absolutely amazing. With a super fluffy centre and a crunchy top, what could be better!? 

I also decided to make a lemon glaze for the top of some of my muffins using icing sugar and lemon juice.
Just a little something to jazz a few of them up.

The plain ones taste amazing anyway but with the added icing, taste even better.

Although these two recipes used up the majority of my 500ml bottle, I still have a little left to add to some balsamic vinegar and dip in some fresh crusty bread. Heaven.

Overall, I was really impressed by quality and taste of the Brock & Morten Cold Pressed Rapeseed Oil. 
I would definitely like to try again along with their other flavours Garlic, Lemon, Chilli, Basil & Smoked.

If you'd like to try some for yourself, you can buy online or see a list of their stockists here
There are stockists all over the country so hopefully you can find somewhere close by.
I love the fact that this little gem is a local business, it makes it that much more special.

Have you tried any of their Rapeseed Oil flavours?
Let me know your thoughts!

Thanks for reading,


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