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Lemon Basil Bay Juniper


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Here is your opportunity to enthuse everyone in 140 characters (or fewer) with your tips on getting the best from our versatile vinegars.
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29 Dec @BotanicalBaker Urvashi Roe @slinkyswimmer has to be smoked salmon on bites of sourdough toast with cream cheese and dash of @WomersleyFoods lemon,basil, bay dressing

26 Dec @Brays_Cottage Sarah Petegree @FieldAndForrest That sounds good (beetroot and soured cream)- I made a dressing with @womersleyfoods lemon, black pepper & (I forget!) vinegar. Worked well.

17 Dec @BotanicalBaker Urvashi Roe @WomersleyFoods oooooh forgot to tell you. Did salmon blinis with your lemon and juniper for my birthday drinks last week. Yum!

16 Dec @naththebutcher Nathan Mills @WomersleyFoods lemon,basil, bay and juniper vinegar thinking of using it as a secret ingredient for some meat brining

12 Nov @BotanicalBaker Urvashi Roe @WomersleyFoods Kedgeree with Lemon, Basil, Bay and Juniper Dressing and Herb Parchment Bread: thebotanicalbaker.wordpress.com/plants-2/wheat…


12 Nov @BotanicalBaker Urvashi Roe New recipe: Lemon Drizzle Loaf with @WomersleyFoods Lemon, Basil, Bay and Juniper Dressing: thebotanicalbaker.wordpress.com/plants/lemon/l…


10 Nov @BotanicalBaker Urvashi Roe Hubby made fab kedgeree tonight. Could just taste the lovely @WomersleyFoods lemon basil bay and juniper dressing. Yum with glass of white!

6 Nov @BotanicalBaker Urvashi Roe @Buff_Baker @WomersleyFoods funny I used the juniper one for same cake!

14 Oct @HomeSmithsJax Jacqui Smith @WomersleyFoods Lemon, juniper, basil - it seems to work with so many of the things I eat and love it as a cordial too @FieldAndForrest

7 Oct @marcusbeanchef marcus bean special tonight, grey mullet with tiger prawns & chorizo, spring onion, mint & @WomersleyFoods Lemon vinegar dressing


10 Sept @SigneSJohansen Signe Johansen Picked up some dab for dinner, an under-rated flat fish. Cooking it in brown butter, capers and lemon vinegar from @WomersleyFoods YUM

16 Aug @TweeterMag Maggie Jones @WomersleyFoods Used lemon v. With garlic & onion inside a roasting chook at the w/e - also..... have mascerated peeled & stoned doughnut peaches in raspberry dressing. Also yummy. :-) #enthused

12 Aug @janestaunton1 Jane Staunton am addicted to griddled courgettes with crumbled feta and pine nuts, drizzled with @WomersleyFoods lemon, basil, bay and juniper vinegar

4 Aug @josordoni Lynne Clark @WomersleyFoods My standard salad dressing these days is Womersley Lemon, Basil, bay & Juniper with rice wine vinegar in equal parts.

13 Jul@IreneMyersPR Irene Myers @WomersleyFoods I say your lemon basil bay & juniper vinegar went down a treat with starter @YorebridgeHouse @Welcome2Yorks #backlebid lunch

9 Jul @the_a_stevenson Andrew Stevenson A tablespoon of @SeasonedPioneer khmeli kuneli spice/herb blend worked beautifully in my batter. Dressed w @womersleyfoods lemon/bay vinegar

5 Jul ‏@adambaseyfood Adam Basey Just finished a pasta sauce with @WomersleyFoods Lemon dressing, It's becoming a kitchen favourite of mine very quickly

28 Jun@faith_PR Stefanie Hopkins @womersleyfoods had your lemon vinegar on some salmon last night - was delicious!

17 Jun ‏@WeGrowOurOwn Craig McKnight @WomersleyFoods @BBCGoodFoodShow I took inspiration from the label & had it with some poached fish! :-)

15 Jun @RobGreenchef GREEN'S RESTAURANT #womersleywednesday Todays top tip. Lemon, basil, bay, juniper dressing with whipped goats cheese, set in fridge and use for tarts, toast, salads or crostini.

3 Jun@the_a_stevenson Andrew Stevenson Tagliatelle with potted shrimps, capers, bonito flakes & @WomersleyFoods lemon, basil, bay dressing

29 May@littlewelshdeli Clare Phillips Just using the last of my @WomersleyFoods fan-flippin-tastic lemon,basil,bay & juniper dressing,so many uses for it,'spesh on fish..superb!!

24 May @fly276 KC Here's the perfect home snack - it can go on everything! Delicious flavoured vinegar dressings from @WomersleyFoods

23 May @fly276 KC Perfect quick snack. Shrimp salad with @WomersleyFoods lemon, basil, bay & juniper Vinegar dressing. Fab.


23 May@the_a_stevenson Andrew Stevenson That is a very nice G&T, even if I say so myself @MartinMillerGin@FeverTreeMixers tonic, & a splash of @WomersleyFoods lemon & bay vinegar

22 May@chalkypilot Alan Harrison As it happens, a fine barbecue, of mackerel and sardines. With a hint of @WomersleyFoods lemon, basil, bay & juniper.


19 May@lochlomondhol Deb Macken @mmcsorleywalker I do like that lemon one, shall be testing it on asparagus tonight, top idea! @womersleyfoods

15 May@orangemartini Carla G simple dinners R the best @lifeforkspoon beef & ale pie, with salad dressed with Yors oil, @WomersleyFoods lemon, basil & bay vinegar - yum!

12 May@PetersYard Wendy & Linda BBQ tomorrow. I'm defrosting @muddybootsfoods burgers & have @WomersleyFoods lemon & basil dressing for the salad. Just need the sun! Wendy

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You may have noticed that we don't publish that much in the way of salad recipes on here. Of course, you can use all of our vinegars on your salad, according to what style and flavour you are after. For instance, the Lime, Black Pepper & Lavender is great when you want a sour and fragrant, Oriental feel. The excellent deli of the Year regional winner in Leeds, Haley & Clifford have been using this for many months on their in-house salads, to the delight of their many loyal visitors. And our 2011 Gold** Taste Award Winner, Golden Raspberry & Apache Chilli is perfect for a sweet and heat treat. But, for many, the most popular is our Lemon, Basil, Bay & Juniper.

My father, Martin, was certainly in a particularly inventive mood when he devised this recipe. He loved his Gin and Tonic with a hefty wedge of lemon; those unfamiliar with his proportions would soon find out that these were certainly NOT "Tonic and Gin!" Another great love of his was the propagation of hundreds of varieties of Basil. In Summer, the poly tunnels in the kitchen garden at our home in Womersley bursted with the aromas of this huge variety, from Purple Ruffles Basil to Cinnamon Basil and on and on.... So, combined with his aromatherapy skills, it was with some alacrity that he set about combining lemon with basil and Juniper as well as some bay leaf. With all the buckets lined up, as usual, he eventually arrived at the very recipe we use to this day.

The citrus is so good at bringing out delicate flavours in seafood and fruit dishes, but it is as a salad dressing that it really shines. Those botanical herbal flavours mix well with the Juniper to produce a dressing of such freshness and depth that they really bring a salad to life. So I was delighted a little while ago to receive this beautiful recipe for a mixed salad including my personal favourite, Pine Nuts, and dressed with our Lemon, Basil, Bay & Juniper from Tessa Stuart.




The Lemon, Basil, Bay and Juniper Vinegar dressing in this recipe gives the salad a wonderfully citrus zing!


Salad leaves
1 bag of Mixed rocket and leaf salad leaves
¼ of a cucumber, thinly sliced
1 punnet of Pea Shoots
1 carrot peeled and cut into thin strips and thinly shredded.
Sprinkle of Roasted Pine Nuts

Dressing for the salad
10 ml Womersley Lemon, basil, bay & Juniper vinegar dressing
20 ml Rapeseed oil
Sprinkle of Maldon salt

Lightly roast Pine Nuts in the oven until golden brown.
Mix ingredients well together for the salad leaves to get lightly tossed in the dressing.
Sprinkle Pine Nuts over the top and serve

If you would like to buy some of our Lemon, Basil, Bay & Juniper to give Tessa's recipe a go, check your nearest stockist here or give us a call and we will send you some: 01608 646445.

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Womersley Vinegar Dressing: Key Ingredient in Yorkshire's Best Cocktail

As mentioned elsewhere on this site, my father was notorious in his youth as a mixer of deadly Calvados cocktails which rendered the drinker fairly helpless! So he would have been delighted to learn that one of his proudest concoctions for Womersley has been chosen as the key ingredient in Yorkshire's new winning cocktail...

On Yorkshire Day, August 1, while we were joining in the festivities at Wentbridge House with some of Yorkshire's finest chefs, the final of the Made in Yorkshire cocktail competition was taking place as 10 bartenders battled it out for the winning crown.               
The winning cocktail is about to shake up the bartending world after judges named the inaugural winner as the "Sage & Onion Gibson" by bartender Dean Railton from SkyLounge at the Mint Hotel. His winning concoction proved to be the outright favourite of every one of the judges.The winner was crowned ‘Made in Yorkshire’s Best Bartender 2011’ and handed an engraved bespoke Alessi cocktail shaker trophy to display in their bar.
The final judges included Cocktail guru Simon Difford (Difford’s Guide and Class Magazine), Christine Austin (the Yorkshire Post’s wine and spirits expert), Douglas Blyde (gastronomer and contributor to Harper’s Wines & Spirits who has also written about this story on his blog), and Vikki Harris, Marketing Manager from Welcome to Yorkshire.
Dean Railton’s Sage & Onion Gibson has the added twist of our Lemon, Basil, Bay & Juniper-infused Vinegar Dressing and the recipe,below, will be circulated to bars across the county who will be encouraged to serve up the new creation to celebrate God’s Own County.
The Made in Yorkshire competition, run by SLB PR with support from Welcome to Yorkshire, involved inviting bars from across Yorkshire to enter new, original cocktail recipes.
The brief was to use at least one key ingredient produced in Yorkshire and, after a series of heats, the 10 finalists shook, strained and poured in front of a panel of experts at the SkyLounge bar at Mint Hotel in Leeds on August 1.
Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: “The idea behind the competition was to celebrate the countless array of high quality produce from our great county and for bartenders to use their talents to craft something new.
Not only has the competition showcased our many excellent bars, but it also helps promote Yorkshire as a cosmopolitan destination – and it would be great to see lots of bars serving up this winning Yorkshire cocktail.”
Winning bartender Dean Railton said: “It’s really overwhelming to win this cocktail competition and represent how great the Yorkshire bar scene is. It’s time for the bar scene in the North to make sure we’re always better than the South.” 
Dean Railton’s Sage & Onion Gibson

Sage and Onion Gibson, Photo Courtesy Douglas Blyde
15ml Womersley’s Lemon, Basil, Bay & Juniper Vinegar (available from DeliFresh, Bradford and Womersley Foods)
15ml Noilly Prat Dry Vermouth
50ml Chase Potato Vodka
6 Sage Leaves
1 twist red onion

Put vinegar and Vermouth into a Boston glass
Press the six sage leaves into the mixture
Fill the glass with ice
Add the Potato Vodka
Stir until cold and delicious
Fine strain into a chilled Martini glass
Rim the lip of the glass with a sage leaf that has a drop of vinegar on it.
Garnish with the red onion twist and pop a bay leaf in the middle.


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