Tag Archive: Christmas 2018

  1. Wild Sea Trout cured in Douglas Fir Gin, Linseed Cracker and Pickled Vegetables by Jöro

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    Jöro‘s Chef Director Luke French has created yet another stunning Christmas recipe for us. This is an impactful starter which is easily made ahead of time.

    Luke chose Twisting Spirits Douglas Fir Gin to cure the wild sea trout. This gin is distilled over Douglas Fir pine needles which lend a unique, Christmassy aroma and flavour. The background flavours of the gin, grapefruit, lemon and cut grass, provide a lovely counter-balance to the oily goodness of the wild sea trout. Twisting Spirits forage for the Douglas Fir pine needles locally to their South Oxfordshire micro distillery. If you are looking for the perfect gift for gin lovers this Christmas look no further than Twisting Spirits’ Selection Gift Packs which include the Douglas Fir Gin, a Kaffir Lime & Lemongrass Gin and an Earl Grey Gin.

    ProWare Christmas Recipes Joro Trout

    This recipe will help you get ahead at Christmas as it can (and should!) all be made before the day. The trout needs a few days to cure, so make sure you build time in for that and the linseed crackers can be baked and stored in an air-tight box for up to a week. If you haven’t got time to pickle your own vegetables make sure to pick up a jar of pickled vegetables to accompany the dish. Jöro’s recipe for pickled vegetables is very quick and easy, check it out here.

    ProWare Christmas Recipes Joro

    Serves: 6 as a starter

    Prep time Trout:  15 minutes

    Resting time: 3 days in the fridge

    Prep time Crackers: 15 minutes

    Cooking time: 50-60 minutes




    • 1 x 500/600g piece of wild sea trout, de-scaled and de-boned
    • 1 bottle of Twisting Spirits Co. Douglas Fir Gin (available online, of course you can use any kind of gin, Douglas Fir just tastes like Christmas!)
    • 100g sea salt
    • 100g caster sugar
    • 5 green juniper seeds
    • 1 small branch of Douglas Fir (Christmas/pine tree), needles removed
    • 1 jar pickled vegetables to serve.


    • 350ml water
    • 2.5g table salt
    • 20g potato starch
    • 50g linseeds
    • 15g white sesame seeds
    • 15g black sesame seeds
    • 20g sunflower seeds

    Cooking Method

    For the Trout:

    1. Begin by scoring the skin of the trout every few centimetres but taking care not to cut into the flesh.
    2. To cure the trout: add the salt, sugar, juniper and pine needles to the bowl of a food processor and blend to a fine powder. Pour into a bowl and add the gin liberally until a thick slurry is formed and the mixture is beautifully aromatic and boozy.
    3. In a tray place a large but even layer of double lined cling film and then smother with an even layer of the cure mixture and then place the trout on top, followed by another layer of the cure mixture, then wrap tightly with the excess cling film and place the tray in the fridge and leave it for around 3 days, turning the fishy parcel over twice a day.
    4. When it is ready the fish should be firm to the touch on the outside and tender throughout, to finish the preparation, carefully wash off the cure mixture under cold running water for 5 minutes, then dry well with kitchen towel, remove the skin and slice thinly and reserve in the fridge, covered.

    For the Crackers:

    1. Place the water and salt into a pan, using a handheld blender, gradually add the starch whilst blending until fully combined without lumps, if there are any lumps, pass through a fine sieve into a clean pan.
    2. Place over a medium heat and add the seeds, stirring continuously until the mixture thickens to custard-like viscosity. Pour it onto a baking sheet lined with non-stick paper and bake in a pre-heated oven at 160C for 50-60 minutes until dry and crispy, then remove from the oven and allow to cool, break into desired sized pieces and store in an airtight container until needed.
    3. Serve the trout with the crackers and pickled vegetables.
  2. Pot Roasted Red Cabbage with Winter Spices by Jöro

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    We’ve been fortunate to have some wonderful Christmas recipes developed for us by Luke French who is the head chef and co-owner of the new Sheffield based restaurant Jöro. He was kind enough to cook them for us and let us take over the restaurant for a morning to photograph them.


    ProWare Christmas Recipes Joro Red Cabbage

    This recipe for Pot Roasted Red Cabbage with Winter Spices has a lovely Christmas taste to it and the mini red cabbages used are the perfect size to fit in our Mini Cast Iron Casserole. Alternatively, you can use one large red cabbage and use a 20cm saucepan or stock pot.

    ProWare Christmas Recipes Joro Red Cabbage

    This side dish is perfect for accompanying turkey at Christmas or whatever other roast you are serving on the day. The fresh orange juice in the sauce gives the cabbage a lovely kick of citrus alongside the richness of the red wine and muscovado sugar.

    ProWare Christmas Recipes Joro Red Cabbage

    Serves: 4-6 as a side

    Prep time:  No prep time

    Cooking time: 30-40 minutes


    • 1 red cabbage (or 4-6 mini cabbages one per person)
    • 4 large sprigs of fresh thyme
    • 4 cloves of garlic, peeled and crushed
    • 375ml red wine
    • 375ml fresh orange juice
    • 1L dark chicken stock, reduced to 300ml
    • 75ml red wine vinegar
    • 3 star anise
    • 1 cinnamon stick
    • 100g dark muscovado sugar
    • 1tsp cumin seeds
    • 1tsp caraway seeds
    • table salt to taste
    • 50g unsalted butter


    • Knife
    • Stock pot or heavy based casserole large enough to fit 1 red cabbage (and if using mini cabbages 4-6 mini casserole dishes)
    • Knife
    • Ladle or spoon

    Cooking Method Stew

    1. Begin by placing a deep saucepan (that has a lid) over a gentle heat. Gently toast the spices in a medium-hot dry pan until golden and starting to release their essential oils. Add the crushed garlic, thyme and butter and gently cook until the butter begins to foam. Add the cabbage to the pan.
    2. Turn the cabbage around in the pan so it is coated by the spiced butter, increase the heat and then deglaze with the red wine vinegar and reduce it by two thirds. Add the wine, orange juice and chicken stock.
    3. If using mini cabbages, transfer one into each mini casserole and divide the liquid from the saucepan between them.
    4. Place a lid on the pan (or mini casseroles if using) and put in a hot oven (200C) until the cabbage is tender and the liquid has reduced to a rich glaze (if using mini cabbages this should only take 10-15 minutes), checking every 10 minutes and basting the cabbage in the cooking liquid.
    5. Rest the cabbage in the pan with the lid on until ready to serve, and when ready, slice the cabbage open and pour over the juices.
  3. Parfait of Brown Butter & Muscovado, with Sherry Caramel and Apples by Jöro

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    This parfait recipe from Jöro Restaurant is a indulgent frozen dessert which will help you get ahead when cooking for guests as it needs to be made ahead of time. It is served on a small piece of Parkin with small pieces of fresh apple. The rich and creamy parfait couples beautifully with the warm spice of the ginger in the Parkin and slight tartness of the Granny Smith apples. See the Parkin recipe here.

    ProWare Christmas Recipes Joro Parkin

    Parkin is a gingerbread cake often associated with Yorkshire. It is made with oatmeal, black treacle, flour, butter and, of course, ginger. It is a sweet, sticky cake and the gentle warmth of the ginger makes it perfect for a winter’s day! We would really encourage you to give Jöro’s recipe a go but if you are in a rush store bought ginger cake is an appropriate alternative.

    The Sherry sauce bubbling above adds to the richness and flavour of this dessert.

    Serves: 4-6 as a dessert

    Prep time: 10 minutes

    Cooking time: 45 minutes hands on time, 8 hours freezing time



    For the parfait

    • 160g muscovado sugar
    • 40g glucose syrup
    • 160g egg yolk
    • 160ml salted butter for beurre noisette
    • 200g mascarpone, softened
    • 160ml whipping cream, whipped to very soft peaks
    • table salt to taste

    For the Pedro Ximenez

    • 1 bottle Pedro Ximenez Sherry
    • 150g caster sugar
    • 4 Granny Smith apples
    • Squeeze of lemon juice
    • 100ml apple juice

    Cooking Method

    1. Make the beurre noisette, melt the butter over medium-low heat in the 16cm saucepan, stirring it frequently until it browns slightly. The butter will transform, turning from melted to a toasty and nutty liquid. Set to one side to cool.
    2. Place the sugar and glucose in the 14cm saucepan and heat to 121 C on a sugar thermometer then take off the heat and allow to cool slightly.
    3. Place the egg yolk into the bowl of an electric mixer and using the whisk attachment whisk on full speed until pale and creamy. Slowly add the sugar syrup in a continual flow until the egg yolks have taken it all.
    4. Add the cooled beurre noisette and whisk until fully incorporated. Stir in the mascarpone and then fold in the whipping cream. Mix well so there is no marbling of the ingredients at all, season with salt to taste (salt is optional, but will give you a beautiful salted caramel-like flavour).
    5. Prepare a freezer-safe container by carefully lining it with cling-film, or alternatively spray with non-stick baking spray and then pour the parfait mixture in and place in the freezer until frozen solid.
    6. Once frozen, remove from the freezer and leave to soften slightly before cutting into desired portions, then return to the freezer until you are ready to serve it.
    7. To prepare the Sherry caramel, use either the cleaned 14cm or 16cm saucepans place the sherry and sugar into a pan and reduce by half, then chill completely.
    8. To prepare the apples, peel them and cut into desired shapes and store in apple juice with a squeeze of lemon juice to stop them from discolouring.
    9. When ready to serve, place the parfait over a piece of Parkin on a chilled plate, drizzle over the Pedro Ximenez caramel and scatter over the apples.
  4. Trio of Christmas Vegetables

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    This trio of Christmas vegetables is a fantastic option for your festive dinner. The vivid, jewel-like colours of the red cabbage, carrots and sprouts will make an enticing accompaniment to any center-piece. Obviously we think that the best way to serve the vegetables is in our mini pans! We put portions for two into each mini-pan and served them on wooden trays designed to be shared.

    The red cabbage is sauteed in red wine vinegar. The pine nuts & sweet, juicy raisins balance against the vinegar to create a lovely ‘sweet & sour’ flavour.

    We chose not to over complicate things with the carrots and the sprouts … the carrots were lightly boiled and dressed with parsley butter. The sprouts were sparingly trimmed and boiled in salted water for about 5 minutes so that they kept their vibrancy in terms of flavour, colour & crunch.

    Written by Faye

    Trio of Vegetables collage 1


    Red Cabbage with Pine Nuts and Raisins

    Serves: 6 as a side dish

    Prep time: 5 minutes

    Cooking time: 30 minutes


    • ½ head of red cabbage, sliced
    • 3 tablespoons olive oil
    • 50g raisins
    • 50g pine nuts
    • 75ml red wine vinegar
    • Salt to taste


    Cooking Method

    1. Soak the raisins in the red wine vinegar.
    2. Gently toast the pine nuts in a dry pan, over a medium heat, until they just start changing colour.
    3. Boil the red cabbage for 5 – 7 minutes. Drain & set aside.
    4. Heat the olive oil in the saute pan and add the cabbage. Saute for 5 minutes over a medium heat.
    5. Turn up the heat and add the raisins and the red-wine vinegar. Use the wooden spoon to scrape in any of the ingredients that have caramelised on the base of the pan.
    6. Turn the heat down to a simmer, add the pine nuts and cover.
    7. Allow the cabbage to cook down for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
    8. Salt to taste and serve in a mini pan.
  5. Cranberry Apple Sauce


    Cranberry sauce is one of those things that is so easy to make that after you’ve done it once, you’ll never go back to the shop bought kind. It’s one of those one pot wonders where you stick everything into a pan and kapow, it’s done just like that…or maybe not so explosively! However, do feel free to play around with the spices, if you’re not into the dynamic flavour of star anise or simply don’t have it, then just leave it out. I’ve tried this recipe without the apple and it tastes great too, just double check the sweetness and add more sugar if you think it’s necessary.

    Cranberry Apple Sauce Prep

    This recipe uses one of our stunning Mini Ladles, which have been silver plated in Sheffield and are available to buy on our website. We think it’s the perfect size for serving this sauce and many more, plus it would be a super cute stocking filler this Christmas.

    Cranberry Apple Sauce

    Written by Corin


    Makes:  3 cups
    Prep time: 2 minutes
    Cooking time: 10-15 minutes


    • 600g Cranberries, fresh or frozen
    • 1 Large Bramley apple, peeled, cored and chopped into 3cm pieces
    •  90g Caster sugar
    •  50g Brown sugar
    •  2 teaspoons Orange zest
    •  75ml Orange juice
    •  1 Star anise pod
    •  1 Cinnamon stick


    Cooking Method

    1. Place all the ingredients in the sauce pan and cook on low to medium heat for 10-15 minutes or until the cranberries are mostly popped.
    2. Remove from heat and transfer to a bowl. The cranberry sauce will thicken as it cools.
    3. Before serving remove the star anise pods and cinnamon stick.