Westcountry Produce – try Chef’s recipe

onion marmalade
Onion marmalade

From perfect pork to beautiful beef, fabulous fish to superb seafood, the Westcountry is renowned for being a top producer of some of the country’s best seasonal produce. If you’re visiting this part of the country, you should make sure you sample as many luscious local dishes as you can.

Taste of the West

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The TLH Toorak Hotel is a member of Taste of the West, a unique organisation of food and drink producers, restaurants, hotels, pubs, farm shops and speciality retailers in the South West – all passionate about the provenance and quality of their products.

Nick Coombes, our head chef at the TLH Toorak , is a great ambassador for local Westcountry produce. He sources the best quality fresh meat, fish and vegetables from a range of local suppliers and his carefully thought out recipes showcase the ingredients at their best.
Here is Nick’s recipe for Devonshire Cider Scented Onion Marmalade which we tried when sampling some local cheeses the other day – I can thoroughly recommend this delicious accompaniment.

Devonshire Cider Scented Onion Marmalade

Westcountry Food & Drink
Nick with his onion marmalade

6 large onions
1 tablespoon tomato puree
450g Demerara sugar
150ml cider vinegar
150ml dry cider
Worcester Sauce – a good splash
Liquid gravy browning (splash)

Peel and finely slice the onions. Place in a heavy bottomed pan, add all of the other ingredients and bring everything to the boil, stirring well.

Turn down the heat and simmer gently for 2 ½ hours, stirring regularly to prevent sticking. When the contents of the pan take on a jam-like consistency, allow to cool.
Best kept in the fridge or in sealed jars to share with friends.

Enjoy – and let us know how you get on with the recipe.

To sample Nick’s cooking for yourself, why not stay on one of our “Taste of the Westcountry” breaks next Spring.


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