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Yare Valley Oils have combined their delicious Norfolk extra virgin cold pressed rapeseed oil with a variety of different, herbs, spices and seasonings to produce a range of dressings.
Currently there are three to choose from, all quite different, to complement a wide range of foods; Norfolk Honey & Mustard, Chilli and Norfolk Vinaigrette.
Yare Valley Oils' wonderfully golden rapeseed oil has a nutty taste with a particularly floral character which makes a pleasing base flavour.
Norfolk Honey and Mustard has become a favourite as it seems to go with just about everything. Our task has been to stop using it! We like the perfect balance of ingredients including cider vinegar. The honey has just the right amount of sweetness and the mustard isn't too hot that it overpowers.
Of course it is just great drizzled over a plain old salad but it can really add to a dish and is exceptional with chicken or try dressing warm green beans with it or maybe some tuna. It also works wonders with sausages too as a glaze towards the end of cooking.
Chilli seems to be a ubiquitous, if not essential flavour in everyone's store cupboard these days so good job Yare Valley Oils have created a Chilli Dressing.
They've got it spot on too and not gone too crazy with the heat factor. It is still spicy as you'd expect but doesn't blow your head off.
We liked the savoury and slightly smoky flavour with the merest hint of garlic which means it goes well with most things, avocado and prawns take to the flavour well as do potatoes. Make spicy wedges using the dressing to coat the potatoes before roasting.
Every range requires a classic and here we have Norfolk Vinaigrette. According to the label the recipe was given to Yare Valley by their friend Polly.
There are a lot of herbs in this dressing which we found almost too strong for most leafy salads. It is better suited to more robust flavours that can stand up to it like tomatoes for instance which can carry off potent rosemary and thyme tones.
However we found it really comes into its own as a marinade for chicken. When the chicken is cooked the herbs are mellowed and really enhance the meat. It also slightly caramelises lending a burnished tone and rich flavour.
All the dressings can bought online from the Yare Valley Oils website or from any of these stockists.