Heston Blumenthal, chef of Fat Duck ( the 3 Michelin starred restaurant and one of the top 3 in the world) and Dinner (which explores ancient British receipes) collaborated with high- end supermarket Waitrose to create a range of food products from condiments to pies. Has he done a Marco Pierre White, who endorsed poor quality product for profit or has he really added colour to our meals at home? I have reviewed the Vanilla mayonnaise, steak, ale and kombu pie and Lapsang Souchong tea smoked salmon, here is the review of the coriander and rose salt.
This salt is officially the most expensive salt I have ever bought- £4.99 for 45g! It beat my last record of £4.49 for 250g for the Halen Mon sea salt. They are both from the Welsh Isle of Anglesy. The latter is plain salt. Heston’s one is mixed with ground coriander, rose petals, ground coriander leaf, ground ginger and green tea. The recipe is said to be inspired by a trip to the medina in Morocco.
Opening the cute little jar, I could smell a strong aroma that reminds me of Chinese preserved orange peel (which is a big strange as this ingredient is not listed in the little black booklet that came with the jar!), followed by that of the coriander and the subtle fragrance of rose petals. The salt has a hint of dark green. It looks beautiful and elegant with the deep pink rose petals.
I used it to season my freshly harvested Maris Piper (potatoes) before it went into the oven (as it says that it is good for roasted meats, fish and potatoes). I was quite excited by the green tea inside the salt as I was hoping the potatoes would come out with a tea-smoked flavour, just like he said he did in his cookery programme on TV. How did it turn out?
It was a little hard to judge how much salt I should use as in each handful, there were many other ingredients. I did not get any aroma of tea (disappointed!) nor any ‘delicate floral’ notes as suggested in the booklet. Despite it being weak on the nose side, the roast potatoes turned out to be very tasty. Is it worth £110 per kg? I was happy to pay a premium to dine at Fat Duck because the experience was extraordinary. Hmm, I am not sure about this salt. However, I can imagine people buying it to get the ‘Michelin star’ experience at home. I love the smell though. I might use it as pot pourri in the kitchen.
And now that I have the little jar, I probably can recreate the whole combination pretty cheaply with my home roses, coriander from my corner shop and green tea from my collection.