Category Archives: red wine vinegar

Recipe: Red Onion Relish

Fresh Caramelised Red Onion Relish ready to be stored
Fresh Caramelised Red Onion Relish ready to be stored


4 large red onions
1 clove of garlic
3 tablespoons of light muscovado (or brown) sugar
6 tablespoons of red wine vinegar
Olive oil


Start by cutting your onions. I like to do a mix of rings, half moons, chunks and diced to give some variety to the texture. Also finely dice the garlic.

Get a large pan onto a medium heat, If you have a sauté pan with a lid this is your best option. Once the pan is up to temperature add a good lug of olive oil and get all the onion and garlic in, fry this gently for 4-5 minutes until the onions start to soften, then reduce to a low heat and cover them.

Continue to cook like this for about 15 minutes stirring occasionally so they don’t stick. Then add the red wine vinegar (I use a red wine vinegar with raspberry juice, for extra colour) and 2 tablespoons of muscovado sugar. Mix this together and cover again.

Let this simmer for 20-25 minutes, or until most of the liquid has disappeared, again stirring occasionally so nothing sticks.

Mix in the final tablespoon of muscovado sugar and cover for a further 10 minutes, at which point all the liquid should have disappeared – if not give it another few minutes.

When all the liquid has gone this can be served immediately with any hot meats (particularly wonderful with a plain rare steak) or allow it to cool and transfer it to a sealed container and store in your fridge to use cold on sandwiches, with cheese or pretty much any way you would normally use a relish.

Recipe: Italian Tomato Sauce

Italian Tomato Sauce
Italian Tomato Sauce


1 anchovy fillet
1 clove of garlic, finely chopped
1 large handful of basil, stalks and leaves separated and roughly chopped
2 tablespoons of dried oregano
4 x 400g of tinned plum tomatoes
extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon of red wine vinegar


Chop the garlic as finely as possibly, remove the leaves from the basil and roughly tear them up, take the green part of the Basil stalks and chop them up reasonably fine. Open the tins of plum tomatoes.

Heat a large saucepan and pour in roughly 2 tablespoons of oil, once this has heated add the anchovy and garlic, you want to stir fry these gently till the garlic starts to colour slightly and the anchovy starts to break up.

Next add the plum tomatoes, oregano, about half the basil leaves, all the chopped basil stalks and stir gently being careful not to break the tomatoes if at all possible. Put a lid on the saucepan and bring to a gentle boil and simmer for at least an hour stirring occasionally. I have let this sauce simmer gently for anything up to 3 hours depending on how much time I have on my hands, this makes the sauce a bit thicker and the flavours stronger.

At this point you can start to break up the tomatoes with a spoon or alternatively use a hand blender to blend it into a nice thick sauce.

Next add the remaining basil and taste the sauce. Then season with salt and pepper to taste, add a tablespoon of red wine vinegar, 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil and stir them in well.

I’ve found from experience that the better the plum tomatoes the thicker the sauce, however if you find that your sauce is not as thick as you like it, simply simmer it for longer the next time you try.