Gardening by the moon: why I’m going biodynamic

By David Lea-Wilson (co-founder of Halen Môn and keen gardener) Outside a small village, and not far from our Saltcote, is my beloved walled garden. Rescued from near ruin some thirty years ago, it is where we grow much of the veg for our café, Tide/Llanw, as well as...

Melt-in-the-middle salted caramel cookies

INGREDIENTSMakes about 12 2-3 tablespoons Campfire Salted Caramel 150g unsalted butter, softened 150g soft light brown sugar 90g caster sugar 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda 240g plain flour 150g dark chocolate (at least 70% cocoa solids),...

Pump Street chocolate, sloe gin + sea salt truffles

INGREDIENTSMAKES: around 35 chocolates   For the truffles 350g Pump Street 85% Hacienda Limon - Ecuador  75ml sloe gin  75ml water 75g demerara sugar  pinch of Pure Sea Salt Coating with chocolate (optional) 175g Pump Street 85% Hacienda Limon - Ecuador  Icing sugar,...

Winter herb farinata

INGREDIENTSSERVES:4 for lunch or 6 as a snack  150g gram (chickpea) flour  1 teaspoon Pure Sea Salt in a Finer Flake, plus a pinch for sprinkling  5 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil  Freshly ground black pepper  8 sprigs of mixed woody herbs (such as thyme, sage and...

Smoky French onion soup

INGREDIENTSSERVES 4  For the soup 2 tablespoons salted butter 1 tablespoon neutral cooking oil 5 white onions, finely sliced 2 teaspoons Pure Sea Salt ½ teaspoon soft light brown sugar 6 sprigs thyme 3 bay leaves 175ml dry white wine 1 tablespoon  Smoky Dijon Mustard...

Sunflower seed + smoked salt florentines

INGREDIENTSMAKES 15 large florentines   50g unsalted butter 50g golden syrup 50g soft dark brown sugar pinch of Pure Sea Salt Smoked Over Oak 50g plain flour 50g sunflower seeds 25g currants 50g mixed peel 1tsp rosemary, finely chopped 180g good quality dark...

Our Favourite Online Shops

Thousands of local food producers around the UK need our support, as food festivals, restaurants and cafes have been unable to run as normal. Luckily, many have adapted to online selling - and as consumers, we can help keep livelihoods going, and enjoy some seriously...

Restaurants open on Ynys Môn / Anglesey

As we get ready to welcome visitors back to our beautiful island, we wanted to do a round-up of some of our favourite spots to eat. All of our businesses are adapting to the new climate, and our best advice would be to check out individual websites before setting off...

We’re opening – with extra precautions

We are so pleased to be opening our shop and cafe for takeaways. From July 11th our shop will be reopening, and our cafe is already open for for takeaway food and drink only. Unfortunately, we are not currently running Behind the Scenes Tours.Opening times from July...

Asparagus on toast with soft boiled eggs + herbs

INGREDIENTSServes 1 1 handful of asparagus spears 1 organic or free-range egg A thick slice of good bread Half a clove of garlic Pure Sea Salt or Pure Sea Salt with Roasted Garlic Freshly ground black pepper Extra virgin olive oil Halen Môn salted butter A small...

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BBQ Lamb Leg with Flatbreads, Yoghurt + Herbs

BBQ Lamb Leg with Flatbreads, Yoghurt + Herbs

INGREDIENTSServes 2 50g wholemeal flour 50g strong white bread flour 1 small pinch of instant yeast Oak Smoked Water 1 small handful of picked basil leaves 1 small handful of fennel fronds 75ml natural yoghurt 2 good quality lamb leg steaks Pure Sea Salt Smoked Over...

Charred Pineapple with Oak Smoked Sugar + Dark Rum

Charred Pineapple with Oak Smoked Sugar + Dark Rum

INGREDIENTSServes 6 1 ripe pineapple 80g Oak Smoked Sugar  2 tbsp of good, dark rum Flavourless sunflower oil  Pineapple is one of our absolute favourites on the BBQ - it instantly makes you feel like you’re on holiday.  See also: peaches with scorch marks, drizzled...

Smoky Celeriac + Green Onion Salad with Feta

Smoky Celeriac + Green Onion Salad with Feta

INGREDIENTSServes 4 as a starter or 2 as a main course 1 small celeriac, peeled and cut into thick slices 4 fresh onions with green tops (or 8 spring onions) 1/2 red chilli, sliced 1 tbsp Oak Smoked Water 1 small bunch of thyme, chopped 1 lemon Extra virgin olive oil...

Wild Garlic Pesto

Wild Garlic Pesto

INGREDIENTS 120g leaves of wild garlic (the equivalent of about half a carrier bag) 40g sunflower seeds 60g Hafod cheddar, finely grated. Sunflower oil Pure Sea Salt Freshly ground black pepper  Wild Garlic is in full flower here on Anglesey, but it won't be around...

Five Companies Giving Back Now

Five Companies Giving Back Now

1) Goodwash company  This amazing Welsh social enterprise is the brand behind our brand spanking new Wave Wellbeing Collection. They already donate their profits to several incredible charities, but have stepped things up a gear since the corona virus crisis, and are...

Beginner’s Bread Recipes + Inspiration

Beginner’s Bread Recipes + Inspiration

A quick scroll through instagram reveals that lockdown around the world has dawned a new era of enthusiasm for baking bread. Whether it's sourdough you're looking to learn to slap and fold, or a simple squidgy soda bread you want to make and eat within the hour, we...

Stewed Rhubarb with Marscapone + Salted Granola

Stewed Rhubarb with Marscapone + Salted Granola

INGREDIENTSSERVES 4 - 6 FOR THE GRANOLA: 75g unsalted butter 60ml maple syrup 150g oats 25g sesame seeds 50g flaked almonds ¼ teaspoon Pure Sea Salt, or to taste FOR THE RHUBARB: 6 sticks (about 500g) rhubarb 1 orange, zested and juiced 2 bay leaves 100-150g golden...

Oak Smoked Hummus

Oak Smoked Hummus

INGREDIENTS 400g tin of chickpeas (thoroughly drained) 50g light tahini 1 generous teaspoon of Pure Sea Salt 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 50 ml water 50 ml Oak Smoked Water Juice of half a lemon 1 clove of garlic, finely sliced Oak smoked water lends this hummus a...

Tide Bars: Toasted Sesame + Sea Salt Flapjacks

Tide Bars: Toasted Sesame + Sea Salt Flapjacks

INGREDIENTSFlapjack base 150g golden syrup 1 tbsp honey 200g Halen Môn sea salted butter 350g rolled oats 60g soft brown sugar  Salted caramel layer 60g soft brown sugar 130ml double cream 60g Halen Môn sea salted butter Pure Sea Salt Toppings 150g dark chocolate 50g...

Meera Sodha’s Leek + Pea Samosas

Meera Sodha’s Leek + Pea Samosas

INGREDIENTSMAKES: 18-22 750g trimmed leeks 2 tbsp rapeseed oil 1 tbsp unsalted butter 1 tsp black mustard seeds 1 large white onion, finely sliced 4 cm ginger, peeled and grated 200g peas (fresh or defrosted) 1 1/2 tsp garam masala 3/4 tsp ground cumin 3/4 tsp chilli...

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