Red Onion & Thyme Marmalade
In Jay Allan's version of this favourite, the red onions are cooked down slowlywith the thyme and salt to infuse the flavours and release the juices of the onions. A good splash of quality balsamic and red wine vinegars are added along with the silky dark brown sugar and black treacle (for colour).
The result is thick and glossy, sweet but stiull with some 'bite' and the thyme flavour coming through as an aftertaste. Excellent with all cheeses but especially hard ones.
The story of Hillside Speciality Foods began when Devon Chef Jay Allan created a range of fruit pastes for a local cheese supplier. They were looking for a local fruit complement to serve as an alternative to the imported Spanish Dulce de membrillo (quince fruit cheese). Drawing on his fifteen years of experience as a Chef, and with reference to the long tradition of British fruit cheese making, Jay developed a range of fruit pastes to meet this
need. Jay teamed up with brother Will and Hillside Speciality Foods was created.
New ideas were added along the way, including relishes, pickles, chutneys and savoury biscuits. They now specialise in producing this range of complementary products which are terrific for the cheeseboard. Jay and Will are based in Exeter.