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This Month: June Market News 2018

Products of the Month

FROM OUR CHEESE COUNTER

Graviera from Tinos: A traditional hard cheese made from cow’s milk that has been produced for centuries on the island. It is the Greek version of Gruyere. It has an oily texture, with a slight sweet, fruity and nutty taste. The locals have it with almost everything, cubed in salads, grated over pasta, or just with some delicious artisan bread.

Graviera from Crete: A wonderful hand made sheep’s cheese, which is left for 6 months to mature in the nearby caves. It has a rich, sweet, buttery taste with a lingering walnut and salt aftertaste. It develops a more pronounced caramel flavour as it matures. We love eating it with some Greek olives, sourdough bread and a glass of Santorino Assyrtiko- Athiri.

Aresniko: We cannot get enough of this famous cheese from the island of Naxos. It is made from the pasteurised milk from sheep and goat’s milk and is matured in olive oil for two months. It has a slightly salty, pungent taste with a spicy after taste. Best shaved onto fig salads, or grated over roasted aubergines.

FROM OUR DELI COUNTER

Chalkidiki Olives: We sourced these classic Chalkidiki Olives straight from the sun-drenched hillsides of Greece. Juicy and fleshy with a firm texture, they have a fresh, peppery flavour with a slight tartness. Serve with your favourite summer tipple or with antipasta.

FROM OUR WINE SECTION

Santorini Assyrtiko-Athiri:We love this beautiful wine from the island of Santorini, that takes us back to our summer holidays. Aromatic with citrus, peach and floral notes. It has a refreshing acidity, with a mineral aftertaste which is a result of the mixture of volcanic ash and pumice in the soil on the island. Perfect with Mediterranean fish, grilled chicken and roast pork dishes.

FROM OUR BAKERY SECTION

Focaccia: Delicious and fluffy Italian bread, flavoured and topped with parsley, olive oil, roasted tomatoes and pinch of sea salt. This Focaccia is a great companion to any soups, can be served as a side or a wonderful base for a sandwich. Try it with slices of mozzarella and fresh basil. Freezes well, so don’t worry about left-overs going to waste.

Strawberry Tartlet:  A beautiful strawberry tart made with a shortcrust pastry case filled with pastry cream, glazed strawberries and chopped pistachios. Perfect for a summer afternoon tea in the garden.

FRESH FROM THE  MARKET

English Strawberries: One of the best summer treats we are given. These high quality berries with maximum freshness and maximum flavour. Our English strawberries come from Manor Farm in Sevenoaks, Kent. They are a variety called ‘Centenary’ which have a delicious bold flavour and intense, sweet aroma.  Of course, these are delicious enjoyed on their own, but you can enjoy the British classic of strawberries and cream, or create an Eton Mess with English strawberries, cream, and meringue as an indulgent dessert.

Charentais Melons: These intensely aromatic melons come from the beautiful region of Charente-Maritime in south-west France, and they are an absolute delight. Fragrant, sweet and outstandingly flavoursome, these are certainly one of our favourites. They are fantastic when enjoyed on their own, but also work well as an appetiser: try wrapping wedges in Parma Ham or Serrano for an elegant starter, which can be enjoyed with our Product of the Month wine, Santarini Assyrtiko-Athiri. Alternatively, they can be incorporated into a salad with mint, Isle of Wight baby plum tomatoes and salty Parma ham or Serrano, served with a honey vinaigrette and crusty bread. Perfect as a sharing platter or for a summer dinner party!

Tomatoes: Grown in the rich and fertile Arreton Valley for over 30 years. The Island’s unique maritime climate and the southerly location of The Tomato Stall’s farm on the Isle of Wight boasts some of the best sunshine levels in the UK, helping them grow some of Britain’s tastiest tomatoes of the finest quality and fullest flavour.

The Tomato Stall’s entire growing system is completely biodegradable, from the coconut husks that the plants are grown in to the string that supports them. All plant waste is composted and used the following year to enrich the soil of the organic crops. The tomatoes are left to ripen on the vine and are only picked at their peak of flavour, so they are bursting with freshness and natural sweetness.  The Tomato Stall use natural predators to control pests, and the pollination of all plants is done by a team of eager bumblebees that are native to the UK. They also carry the LEAF mark which works with farms to ensure that food is grown sustainably with care for the environment.

Organic Vine Tomatoes – Deep red in colour with a distinctive fresh aroma and boasting full, vine ripened flavours these well-known tomatoes should not be overlooked. Ideal as a healthy and tasty addition to a variety of dishes from sandwiches to salads, they will continue to ripen and improve if left on the vine at home.

Organic Cherry Vine Tomatoesper – These award-winning sweet tomatoes are picked on the vine for maximum freshness and are perfect for roasting, salads, garnish or nibbling one at a time.

Organic Baby Plum Tomatoes – Delicious Baby Plum tomatoes bringing you more sunshine and more taste. Juicy, sweet and crunchy – perfect for roasting, salads and snacking.

Organic Heritage Tomatoes Selection – A mix of Heritage tomatoes offering a variety of colours and sizes. These smaller sizes are ideal for salads, snacking and roasting.

FROM OUR KITCHEN

Sun-blushed Tomato, Basil and Parmesan Quiche: A taste of summer, this quiche made with basil, sun-blushed tomato and Parmesan cheese is full of Italian flavours and is perfect for lunch or dinner in the garden. This vegetarian quiche pairs well with a green salad. You can serve it warm, at room temperature, or even cold, which makes it ideal for entertaining.

Chicken and Nduja Pizza: Our homemade pizza dough is baked for one minute at 320° Celsius. With a base of our in-house tomato and basil sauce, mozzarella is sprinkled over with a mix of grated Parmesan cheese. Lastly, chicken and spicy, soft Nduja sausage are added.

Nduja– one of Calabria’s most exclusive Salamis, made with belly and cheek pork, and Calabrese          chillies. Soft, spicy hot, spreadable salami, plenty of chilli and bite.

Gazpacho: Summer is the perfect time to indulge in some delicious gazpacho, so as the hot months arrive we welcome back our highly popular, fresh tomato gazpacho made with red pepper, cucumber, onion, garlic, good seasoning and of course some delicious tomatoes from our shop.

Watermelon Gazpacho: This refreshing blend is made up of raw veg all blended to a mouth-watering pulp. Made up of aromatic garlic, cool cucumber, sun ripened tomatoes, tangy red onion, juicy watermelons and ruby red beetroot. Finished with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil. Serve the gazpacho topped with croutons or with crusty baguette.

Gazpachois a popular soup from the Andalusian area, (an autonomous community of Spain), mostly known now for being served cold, has many different influences from Greece and Rome, but also from the Moor and Arab culture. This soup evolved into different varieties, the most popular around the world is a tomato-based variety, served cold. It is served heated in certain regions in Spain.  Now Gazpacho has become a generic term for a cold soup that has a vegetable or fruit base or both, that has similar spices to the traditional.

SEASONAL PRODUCTS

La Tua Tortellini Courgette: La Tua Pasta pride themselves on being an authentic “Pastificio”, making Fresh Pasta following the most traditional Italian recipes. They specialize in fresh pasta because that’s what they are passionate about and what they do best. La Tua Pasta show great passion about their produce, with fantastic quality and consistency, using only premium, fresh and natural ingredients, the majority sourced from Italy. There are no preservatives or colourants. All the pasta is hand-made and all fillings are made from scratch in their kitchen. Each and every Tortelloni are literally hand folded one by one. This is all produced overnight, to ensure the product is at the peak of its freshness. This month’s special, Tortelloni Courgette, is perfect for a lighter meal with a garlic butter sauce served with fresh salad.

Zest & Zing Spices: The company’s founder, Taha, spent years travelling across the globe to sample some of the finest local ingredients.  It is these quality herbs and spices which have been expertly blended by Zest & Zing that will help you compose a delicious, aromatic meal. The depth of flavour will be complex, but the cooking won’t be. The perfectly sized, refillable Italian jars will ensure the blends are enjoyed at the peak of their freshness, showcasing their full intensity of aroma and flavour. We will be showcasing three varieties as June’s Product of the Month:

Pesto (Vegan) is one of the most famous Italian sauces in the world and its classic fresh aroma immediately evokes images of Summer and sun-kissed seascapes. It is a native sauce of the Liguria region, where it has been produced since the Middle Ages. It is made by combining crushed local basil, garlic and pine nuts. This blend also contains sun-dried tomatoes, which adds warmth and delicious sunshine to the fresh and herbal aroma.

How to Use: Adding a gorgeously fresh and bright flavour to dishes, this Pesto blend is perfect for any dish where one would use a wet pesto sauce such as hot and cold pasta dishes, sprinkled on top of pizzas, blend with olive oil as a marinade for meat or fish, or simply tossed through steamed vegetables for an aromatic twist. Pairs deliciously with pizza, pasta, omelettes, bread & olive oil, steak, chicken

Garlic and Parsley Sea Salt: add a few drops of olive oil as an easy yet sensational dressing for boiled vegetables or salads. This blend pairs particularly well with mushrooms in traditional Italian and Spanish recipes and is delicious with eggs.  Pairs deliciously withItalian and Spanish Dishes, Olive Oil, Fish, Scallops, Shrimp

Shawarma: This blend is native of northern Turkey and its name is from the popular Arabic street food. Shawarma is traditionally a type of open sandwich made with pita bread and stuffed with spicy shredded meat (poultry, lamb, beef or a mix) and salad (tomatoes, onions, lettuce etc.) and seasoned with a variety of sauces…

How to Use: the most popular pairing of Shawarma spice is with chicken, but it goes perfectly with any type of meat.The combination of turmeric’s colour, allspice’s aroma, and garlic and cumin’s depth of flavour is simply explosive to the senses.This blend really sings in recipes for grilling and roasting, just combine with some Greek yoghurt and lemon juice for a divine and authentic tasting Middle Eastern sauce, marinade or and salad dressing. Pairs deliciously with grilled beef, tahini sauce and pita bread lamb stew with rice or sprinkled over roasted chicken.

We hope you have enjoyed reading our latest products of the month.  Any questions please contact us at info@bayley-sage.co.uk, follow us at @bayleyandsage and sign up to our newsletter for all our news, events and competitions at http://www.bayley-sage.co.uk

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