Step aside Levi Roots – Cornish Granny Joy Healey is hoping her secret recipes will be the next big thing to tickle the taste buds of the UK’s food lovers.
Joy has for many years wowed family, friends and neighbours with her passion for dressing and jam making and she’s long wondered if her creations would cut the mustard with shoppers.
But who needs to enter BBC’s Dragon’s Den – as Reggae Reggae Sauce creator Levi Roots did – when your two grandsons, Joe and Sam Healey, run the family cyder farm and simply can’t say no to Granny.
The result is a new range of Granny Joy’s sauces, seasonings and condiments based on her secret family recipes and designed to put a bit of a bite into alfresco dining and family BBQs this summer.
The first two products, Granny Joy’s Scrumpy Mustard Dressing and a Granny Joy’s Rattler Cyder and Sweet Chillie Sauce have now been launched, with ingredients including the farm’s popular Rattler and scrumpy cyders and apple juice.
Granny Joy said: “I like to make sure that my sauces and dressings have a little bit of kick to them, keeps everyone on their toes! I’ve always been asked to make these recipes for friends and family and I thought that it would be fun to see if others like it as much as we do. Without the help of my grandsons I wouldn’t have been able to get the idea off the ground, but they know not to get on the wrong side of me, so I guess they didn’t have much of a choice!”
Grandson, Joe Healey, said: “Granny is quite a character, really mischievous, good fun and impossible to say no to. It wasn’t such a completely wild idea though as Granny’s always enjoyed making sauces, jams and dressings and her recipes have always gone down a storm at family gatherings and BBQs. So if we liked them why shouldn’t everyone else and from the point of view of the business it fits perfectly with our traditional family approach to our cyders, juice and other products.”
The first two products in the range are available in 250 ml bottles from the farm shop, and go really well as dips with cream cheese and crisps, or adding the extra zing to summer salads.
The Sweet Chilli and Rattler Sauce blends Rattler cyder with chillies and garlic, vinegar, concentrated apple juice, and sugar to take the edge off the sharpness of the other ingredients. It’s a perfect complement to chicken, pork and fish cakes or equally versatile as a marinade or dipping sauce. Vegetarians will enjoy adding a dash for a boost to halloumi skewers and warm goat’s cheese salads.
Scrumpy Mustard Dressing features a modern twist on a classic dressing with the addition of concentrated apple juice for intensity. The juice is blended with the farms own coarse grain mustard, vinegar and healthy rapeseed oil, perfect as a fresh-tasting complement to any salad.
Granny Joy’s top two salads:
1. The Cyderman’s Salad: Try this delicious and hearty meal in Mowhays Restaurant on the farm. It features Cornish classic cheeses including Yarg, Cornish Blue and Davidstow Cheddar for a filling and tasty lunch.
2. Fresh, crispy watercress, diced free range chicken, sauteed garlic mushrooms and cashew nuts, lightly tossed and drizzled with Scrumpy Mustard Dressing.