Sauce can bring a certain je ne sais quoi to a meal, transforming a quotidian repast into something truly outstanding. I’m a big fan. Mayonnaise is one of my standbys and you’ll always find a jar of it in our fridge, whether homemade or shop bought. Stokes produce a range of sumptuous sauces and one of these is their iconic Stokes Real Mayonnaise. Keep reading to find out why it’s so good and how to win a foodie trip for two to Greece.
Stokes Real Mayonnaise
Based in the heart of rural Suffolk, Stokes aim to make the very best sauces you can buy. Their unique recipes are made in small batches using high quality ingredients and their glass jars and bottles are fully reusable, not just recyclable.
To paraphrase an ancient marketing slogan, “you can’t say mayonnaise without saying mmm”. I often make my own, but sometimes it’s just more convenient to go out and buy a jar. But because I make my own, I can be a bit fussy. I’m pleased to report that Stokes Real Mayonnaise passes the T&T taste test. It’s thick, creamy and decidedly tempting. It’s made with only a few ingredients, but what exciting ingredients they are:
- High quality, high welfare British free range whole eggs
- Stokes Dijon mustard
- Mineral rich salt from the dead sea
- British rapeseed oil
- EVOO (read on)
Koroneiki Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Finding just the right extra virgin olive oil for Stokes Real Mayonnaise proved quite a challenge. Not any old EVOO would do. Oh no. After trying more than thirty different varieties, the good people at Stokes finally settled on Koroneiki extra virgin olive oil from Crete. Koroneiki olive trees produce an abundance of small olives which have some of the highest polyphenol content possible – just what you want to promote good health. When pressed they create an intense, rich green oil with a smooth and uniquely exquisite flavour.
The Koroneiki olive trees are said to be particularly attractive with two tone leaves, both light and dark green. Similarly, green and purple olives can be seen on the same tree at the same time. If you’d like to see a real Creten Koroneiki olive grove for yourself, why not try and win a foodie trip to Greece? You’ll find details a little further down the post.
I’ve been eating rather a lot of Stokes Real Mayonnaise in my sandwiches and with cheese and biscuits, but it also makes a great addition to my black chickpea & red quinoa burgers with prunes.
Other Sumptuous Sauces from Stokes
Stokes tomato ketchup is made with juicy tomatoes from Italy with only a few other ingredients. I can honestly say it’s the best non-homemade version of tomato ketchup I’ve ever had. A dollop on top of jacket potatoes is surprisingly good I found. It also makes a useful cook’s ingredient for a variety of dishes. On the rare occasions we eat chips, CT is not happy unless there’s some mayonnaise to accompany it. He particularly likes to mix some with tomato ketchup and maybe a bit of chilli sauce too. All covered by these sumptuous sauces from Stokes.
Brown sauce is a bit of a new concept to me. I’ve never bought a bottle in my life and didn’t really have much idea what it would taste like. Stokes brown sauce is a traditional one made with date puree and black treacle. It has a rather heady aroma and tastes rich and spicy with both savoury and sweet notes. I’m not quite sure how I will use it yet, but I suspect it would work well in my pulled jackfruit recipe.
Sweet Chilli Sauce
Many’s the time I’ve made my own chilli sauce. Sadly, we haven’t been able to grow chillies for the last few years, so my cupboards have become rather bare in this respect. I’m therefore very happy to have discovered Stokes sweet chilli sauce. It doesn’t taste too hot to begin with but the heat slowly builds until you’re rather wishing you hadn’t just taken a big spoonful. Being both hot and sweet, it’s a great way to liven up a tomato sauce. It works brilliantly as an addition to this Sicilian pasta salad.
Red Onion Marmalade
Sweet and sticky, this red onion marmalade is just fabulous with cheese and biscuits – and a little Stokes Real Mayonnaise of course. I’ve been meaning to have a go at making my own for years now and still haven’t managed it, so I was really pleased to get a couple of jars from Stokes. It’s a bit sweeter than I would make it, but a lovely accompaniment to the Christmas cheeseboard nonetheless, as well as being a wicked stocking filler.
Stokes Real Mayonnaise and their other sumptuous sauces are available from Sainsbury’s, Waitrose, Ocado, Booths and many independent stores, farm shops and delis.
Win a Foodie Trip to Greece
Stokes are offering a three day trip for two foodies to Crete, including a personal guided tour of a koroneiki olive grove. There are also ten runners-up prizes of luxury Stokes hampers. For a chance to win this foodie trip for two to Greece head on over to the Stokes Real Mayonnaise site (T&Cs apply). Entry is easy. You’ll find the answer within this post.
This post was commissioned by Stokes Sauces to spread the word about their sumptuous sauces and competition. I was not expected to write a positive review and all opinions are, as always, my own. Thanks to my readers for supporting the brands and organisations that help to keep Tin and Thyme blythe and blogging.