On Sale from 09th September 2019 Embellish With Relish is a cookbook from the heart and the home. Using kitchen staples crafted by Hawkshead Relish, it features a variety of dishes that draw on familiar and exciting flavours from around the world to liven up mealtimes at the family table.
The book brings together simple but satisfying meals packed full of flavour, including family favourites, tried and tested classics, inventive creations and a selection of contemporary dishes with a twist so there’s something for everyone.
With stunning food photography and more than 50 individual recipes, Embellish With Relish reveals a little glimpse into the inner workings of Hawkshead Relish and celebrates the people behind this hugely successful family-run business based in the heart of the English Lake District.
Maria Whitehead and husband Mark established their venture in 1999 to create condiments for their small village café. Then in 2001 foot and mouth struck, but despite this, they began to grow their business. Mark’s uncanny knack to combine flavours and transform great local ingredients stood them in good stead as they began to create an ever-growing range of pickles, preserves, ketchups, jams and sauces for farm shops and markets up and down the country. Today they export to 12 countries across the globe and have received countless accolades for the quality of their products, all handmade in the Lake District.
They have received royal recognition in the form of a visit from HRH Prince Charles and MBE’s for services to the food industry, they have gained famous fans including TV’s Hairy Bikers thanks to the quality and integrity at the heart of everything they do.
Hairy Biker, Dave Myers, said: “Hawkshead Relish has the most amazing range of products, but the story of this family business is also extraordinary. Their products are so versatile and are truly part of the cook’s armoury. They are creative but above all really tasty, and the business is a great ambassador for Cumbria.”
Food journalist and broadcaster Nigel Barden is proud to champion Embellish With Relish in the foreword. “My role in life is to champion artisan producers and Hawkshead is exactly the type of company to exalt. The founders, their daughters Abbie and Izzy, and the whole Hawkshead Relish team should be proud of their huge achievements. To capture something of the World Heritage Site that is the Lake District in every one of the 5,000 jars they turn out daily by hand is pretty remarkable.”
The recipes in Embellish With Relish are inspired by Mark and Maria’s travels around the world, as well as their family dinner table, and of course the relishes they produce from their 16th century barn on the shores of Esthwaite Water. They want to share the delights of the great food they’ve enjoyed along the way and inspire people to embellish with relish!
“The idea behind this collection of recipes is to make people think a little differently about that stash of relishes most of us have sitting in the cupboard,” says Maria.
She added: “We’ve split the recipes into ten chapters, each starring one of our most popular Hawkshead Relish products and we hope everyone finds something to have a go at that will brighten up your family mealtimes.”
Embellish With Relish, a 160-page paperback recipe book, is priced at £16, which can be purchased from a variety of outlets; including Hawkshead Relish’s online shop, independent bookshops and Amazon.