Giveaway (CLOSED): Maldon Salt’s Desert Island Dishes Cookbook

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To celebrate 130 years of making excellent salt Maldon has produced this lovely book packed with recipes by the world’s top chefs, all using Maldon Salt.

To get you in the mood here is William Curley making a dark chocolate entremet with a Maldon sea salt caramel.   If you break the recipe down it is not quite as complicated as it first looks, and you can cheat and use shop ice cream!

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  1. rachael woodhouse says:

    Mine would be fresh fruit trifle, everyone loves a bit of trifle & i just love to make it & see it build up :)

  2. Jane Willis says:

    Desert Island dish? It would depend what I could forage and what i had with me when I was stranded. I’d hope to have a bag of lentils then I could make dhal and add whatever I could find in the way of wild herbs, veg and fish.

  3. Emma Bennett says:

    Hmm, as for my Desert Island Dish, I think it would have to be a salted caramel and evap rice pudding that my mum makes, not sure if there’s a similar recipe in the book or whether it’s as good as my mum’s though!

  4. Katarina Lloyd says:

    Thai Green Curry – make the most of the coconut!

  5. Darlene Taylor says:

    Mmm the images being on a desert island conjures up~ peace in paradise :) My Desert Island Dish would be Snapper fish seasoned with salt leftover from sun evaporated sea water and flavoured with freshly fallen coconut all washed down with fermented pineapple juice ;)

  6. I know it’s kinda sad, but porridge topped with stewed apple. It would remind me of home and fill me up!

  7. Sarah Forrester says:

    For my desert island dish I would find all the ingredients available on my desert island and see what I could come up with ! I am guessing – prawn and seaweed and and maybe some sort of coconut and banana dish ! Of course if you mean desert island as in favourite – any sort of risotto and Banoffee Pie for pudding – mmm !

  8. Freshly caught fish, grilled and served with whatever veg and herbs could be foraged.

  9. Heidi Roberts says:

    My Desert Island Dish would be a spice mix of (Maldon) sea salt, dried seeweed, dried chillies and any other herbs I could find on the island. With this any fish or fruit would taste great!!

  10. marianne lester-george says:

    Barbecue chicken, home made bbq sauce and slow cooked till it’s falling apart.

  11. Katherine Coldicott says:

    Well I presume the weather will be nice on my desert island so I’d go for ice cream. Love pistachio flavour so I’d choose that.

  12. Fresh fish with any herbs & veggies I can find!

  13. steak & chips

  14. Something I could eat every day without getting tired of it? Hmmm….tricky. How about a traditional sunday Roast Beef and all the trimmings?

  15. Tink Rhonda Lee Mse says:

    BBQd fish.

  16. melanie stirling says:

    coconut and pineapple ice cream

  17. calamari

  18. Alice Hindley says:

    Coconut Surprise – made with whatever fish was caught on the day!

  19. Steak & Chips with fruit crumble !!

  20. Deborah Munn says:

    Meat and Potato pie

  21. Sue Matejtschuk says:

    I’d enjoy fish stew with wild vegetables, then fresh fruit!

  22. Paul Wilson says:

    Pad Thai

  23. Hannah Oneill says:

    Salted Jersey potatoes!

  24. Sherry trifle

  25. Vegetable and Coconut curry served on banana leaves

  26. Probably freshly caught fish.

  27. Maya Russell says:

    I’d love tandoori chicken, grilled over hot coals, with a slice of lemon.

  28. Clementina says:

    For my desert dish
    I’d just eat fish!

  29. sue cotton says:

    black cherry cheesecake

  30. it would be a chicken

  31. Sylvia Leaver says:

    I had an absolutely fabulous meal that was all sea food once on an island in Kenya. I would hope that I could catch something from the sea to cook to perfection but I doubt if I could make anything as fantastic as that meal that was all caught the same morning.

  32. veggie curry – followed by whatever fruit I could find…

  33. Egg mayonnaise sandwiches

  34. Emma Jackson says:

    Blue cheese pasta with blue stilton, creme fraiche and penne pasta x

  35. Jenny Rogers says:

    Chicken & chips and chocolate of course.

  36. Gillian Holmes says:

    Tuna Pasta

  37. Sally Poole says:

    My Sunday Roast

  38. laura banks says:

    it would be tiramsu

  39. Apple Pie

  40. rebeca nisbet says:

    it would have to be enchilladas! love mexicon food!

  41. iain maciver says:

    sausage and chips

  42. Daniel Stacey says:


  43. Sandra Lane says:

    It would be tropical fruits sorbet to refresh me on the hot desert island.

  44. Susan Naylor says:

    A traditional roast is my favourite meal. I don’t really do desserts

  45. John Taggart says:

    Shepherd’s Pie :-)

  46. Judith Allen says:

    Everyone is being so sensible! I’m going to say a completely ridiculous dish, that I know I couldn’t really have on a desert island, but I could dream. Warm chocolate brownie and vanilla icecream. mmmmmm.

  47. Claire Smith says:

    Lemon and Artichoke Pasta

  48. Lasagna

  49. shirley lancaster says:

    It would be cauliflower cheese, i adore it

  50. Sushi, proper raw fish sushi! Mmmmm Delish!

  51. Colin Wright says:

    Chicken Jalfrezi


    …………Lancashire hotpot……warming, filling and versatile

  53. Miss Tracy Hanson says:

    Mum’s beef stroganoff. Gorgeous. :) :D x

  54. Mickie Bull says:

    My mother’s paella

  55. I couldn’t live without my home-made pineapple ice cream, and a desert island is a great place to eat it.

  56. I couldn’t live without Chocolate Fudge Cake!

  57. Adele Hill says:

    Sunday Roast

  58. Lisa Wilkinson says:

    Prawn Stirfry

  59. ros easton says:

    Christmas Dinner!!

  60. Maisie Young says:

    My Desert Island dish would be a full roast, however this may just be because we’ve just had Christmas and I really enjoyed it! xx

  61. justine meyer says:

    Any crisp related dish

  62. Daphne Mueller says:

    bacon butty

  63. Laura Pritchard says:

    Tomato soup with crusty French bread :-)

  64. Joanna Sawka says:


  65. Fiona Matters says:

    Risotto! Love it love it love it!

  66. Lynn Savage says:

    It would have to be the full works roast dinner – roast lamb, roast potatoes and parsnips, mixed vegetables, mint sauce and gravy

  67. Sue Obrien says:

    Spag Bol!

  68. Classic roast beef dinner

  69. Elaine Savage says:


  70. katie skeoch says:

    Right now its my tomato & red pepper soup delish xx

  71. kate knight says:

    Tuna and pasta bake….not many people would choose that but i love it!

  72. Nikki Stewart says:

    I would have a really cheesey macaroni cheese!

  73. michele omalley says:

    Tiramasu I love it



    Got to be fresh seafood.

  76. Emma Hicks says:

    Steak (medium rare), stilton sauce, home made chips, home made onion rings, garlic mushrooms & buttery corn on the cob.

  77. Laura Bradbury says:

    bolognaise on toast… I have a serious addiction!

  78. I think it would have to be porridge with peanut butter, sliced banana and cream

  79. DAWN TOTTON says:

    Veggie curry.

  80. Jaki Smith says:

    Taking this to be complete fantasy and not having to be made out of things I can forage, I would have to have spaghetti bolognese as my Desert Island Dish!

  81. It would have to be sea bass pan fried with Maldon sea salt, lemon and harissa. Served on a bed of cous cous. Naturally these are must-have ingredients when one is marooned on a dessert island ;)

  82. Would have to be Blackened Chicken.

  83. angela sandhu says:

    ice cream

  84. Eleanor Wigmore says:

    Lamb Rogon Josh!!

  85. denise cross says:

    chicken fajitas with a fresh green crunchy salad

  86. Danielle Woodman says:

    A big steak with onion rings and a sweet tomato relish.

  87. Colette Burgess says:

    My Mum’s lasagne

  88. Chris Williams says:

    Would have to be goats cheese and caramelised onion tart- would remind me of home

  89. gorgeous fresh fish no squid though!

  90. Amanda Oakley says:

    Pizza! Any kind at all.

  91. SARAH ARNETT says:

    Quite boring but humous and carrot sticks!

  92. Kirsty Fox says:

    Scrambled eggs on toast with pepper and ketchup

  93. Chicken and Bacon Casserole.


  94. Erin Satterly says:

    I would find it very difficult to live without a big juicy steak once in a while.

  95. Alicia Roberts says:

    Salt and pepper tofu, hands down!

  96. Jane Paddey says:

    I love egg and chips and Fruit

  97. kristy brown says:

    I couldn’t live without Yorkshire Pudding & Onion Gravy!!

  98. Rebecca Woodroof says:

    steak and chips

  99. Natalie holland says:

    I love Asian food and there is a really simple dish I love which is a parcel cooked in the oven of cooked rice, shitake mushrooms, pak choi, a salmon fillet, ginger, garlic, chili and soy sauce. Simple to cook and delicious to eat, I could eat it every day of the week x

  100. Anne McCutcheon says:

    home made lentil soup

  101. Karen Whittaker says:

    Meatloaf surprise – a favourite with the children as it has soft boiled eggs in the middle.

  102. Hazel Christopher says:

    It would have to be a traditional roast dinner for me! Could not live without mine.

  103. Avvie Cunnington says:

    Has to be mums home cooked Lasagne!

  104. Emma Farrell says:

    The dish I couldn’t live without – homemade cottage pie. Simple plesure with all that fancy fish & fruit about!

  105. Heather Smith says:

    It would have to be chicken curry. YUM!

  106. home made stew and dumplings

  107. Risotto

  108. Sausage and mash (my fav childhood dish)

  109. Carmel Cheshire says:

    Pineapple Upside Down Pudding – tropical and yet homely

  110. Jackie ONeill says:

    Pad Thai with Chicken

  111. Stephanie Whitehouse says:

    Mango and coconut smoothie

  112. Patricia Whittaker says:

    Spicy Chicken and Bombay Potatoes.

  113. Diane Nicholl says:

    BBQ seafood and fresh fruit cooked along it

  114. Georgia McAllister says:

    Chicken with White Wine and Mushroom sauce

  115. Rebecca Phillips says:

    A cheese and tomato toastie. So basic but I love them!

  116. Rachel Craig says:

    Cauliflower cheese, delicious.

  117. Spag bol

  118. Nicole-Melainie Squires says:

    Hmmm… Sunday roast ;)

  119. Anne Eames says:

    BBq fish – catch of the day

  120. Toad in the Hole, particularly in this weather!

  121. Emily Hutchinson says:

    It would have to be a traditional Sunday dinner, roast beef, yorkshire puddings etc.

  122. Vegetable lasagne, strange choice but sooo good =)

  123. Ani Costa says:

    I couldn’t live without chance!

  124. Jen Schofield says:

    Cottage pie – yum :)

  125. Risotto with turkey, chorizo, leek, button mushrooms and lashings of parmesan. Yummy!

  126. Melanie Gardiner says:

    Beef stew with dumplings

  127. Alison Wakefield says:

    A special crry that my hubby makes I couldn’t go more than a week without having one

  128. spag bol with alot of pasta and garlic bread…mmm!

  129. Elizabeth Aves says:

    Mine has to be Chicken and Bacon Cheesy Pasta, Followed by Profiterolls!! Nom Nom Nom!! xx

  130. maxime goodwin says:

    hmmm had to think about this one i would have seabass :)

  131. Couldn’t live without Chinese stir fry

  132. Daisy Craydon says:

    Fresh Fruit Trifle Desert Island style.

  133. Becky John says:

    I think I could cope without most things on a Desert island, but I couldn’t live without a plain old bacon sandwich!

  134. Annamarie Riddiford says:

    bangers and mash

  135. Valerie Sharp says:

    Curry – any sort except vindaloo perhaps :)

  136. John Lynch says:


  137. Lasagne!

  138. Hard one….probably BBQ pork belly with salad and wedges :)

  139. Vicki Violet Morris says:

    Homemade Steak Pie

  140. My dish would have to be a selection of sushi and sashimi, maybe wouldn’t be a problem if the island is surrounded by fish!

  141. Rebecca Townsend says:

    Mine would be Floating Islands

  142. Liz Ferguson says:

    My dish would be chicken korma

  143. Tough one. I think it would be pottage – hearty vegetable stew, with whatever vegetables and so on that are in season.

  144. Ben Audsley says:

    macaroni cheese !!

  145. beef casserole

  146. Steak, potatoes and veg! :)

  147. Kirsteen Mackay says:

    Roast Chicken with Roast Potatoes, Stuffing and Gravy

  148. Alexis Pettie says:

    Mine is fillet steak on a bed of haggis with a Whisky sauce, yumm

  149. Paul Jones says:

    South idian chilli chicken with pilau rice and garlic&corriandor naans


  150. Christine Lockley says:

    My Desert Island Dish would be chicken in white wine sauce

  151. Rachael Donovan says:

    my homemade cottage pie could eat it everyday x

  152. My mums meatballs with mashed potatoes and delicious creamy sauce :}

  153. nikki cook says:

    poached egg on toast..yum

  154. I guess it would have to be fish as I am on a desert island, how about tuna in a lime and chilli sauce

  155. Janice Street says:

    Dessert Island Dish – Barbequed chicken served with rice made with coconut, pineapple and any other tropical fruit that I could find. Delicious!

  156. Joanne Crosby says:

    Whatever fish was available, really, served with edible leaves, maybe some fruit – it would all depend on where I was deserted and what was available

  157. Tricia Cowell says:

    I suppose it would have to contain fish, yum, a fish curry x

  158. katie thomas says:

    Mine has to be beans on toast – simple yet delicious and I definitely couldn’t live without it!

  159. Alison Johnson says:

    Home made Potato Gratin. Also love Delia Smiths Leek, Potato and Onion Soup

  160. Sarah Parker says:

    lasagne :)

  161. Celia West says:

    Tuna Lasagna

  162. That would have to be a Thai chicken curry made from scratch with fish sauce, shrimp paste, kafir lime leaves, galangal etc. Delish!

  163. anthony martin says:

    Toad in the hole

  164. Chris Bell says:

    Lol…it’s such a simple thing – But I could not live without having my Sunday Roast with all of the trimmings, I mean how could you?

  165. Emma Smith says:

    Mmmm, tough one as there are so many, but probably a nice juicy piece of sirloin steak, home made fat chips and mushrooms!

  166. Roast chicken and mashed potato!!!

  167. Plain old chips!

  168. Susan Bowe says:


  169. Laura Costello says:

    I suppose beggars cant be choosers so anything i can catch x

  170. Lani Nash says:

    Jackpet potato with Chilli and cheese

  171. Gary Martindale says:

    Thai Red Curry

  172. Rachel Blackburn says:

    I couldn’t live without stew and dumplings. my ultimate comfort food :)

  173. sj wesley says:

    chicken in white sauce with rice mmmmm :)

  174. Jane Callan says:

    Veggie chilli

  175. chicken dhansak

  176. WandaFish says:

    Seafood Paella please :)

  177. Hazel Rush says:

    Chicken chilli

  178. It’s gotta be a good bit of steak! With onion rings! Need it!

  179. James Aspey says:

    rice pudding

  180. Natalie Henderson says:

    Shepherds Pie

  181. Holly Boyd says:

    Pie and Mash nom nom

  182. hayley williams says:

    coconut madras!

  183. rachel taylor says:

    steak and chips

  184. Julie Picton says:

    Roast dinner

  185. Alisa Moore says:

    baked potatoes

  186. sue walsh says:

    sweet potato & goat curry

  187. anything with chocolate in it!

  188. I would hope a chicken coop would be washed up with me and a (waterproof container of Maldon Sea Salt.

    Poached eggs with just a pinch of salt sprinkled over would be perfect.

  189. A big bowl of risotto – perfect for a desert island as you can scoop it up with your fingers!

  190. Alison Cameron says:

    fish pie

  191. Sally MacNaughtan says:

    Anything involving fresh pineapple! I love Maldon Salt and use it regularly.

  192. Steak and chips

  193. Fresh fish (hope I can catch it) followed by whatever lovely fruit I can find

  194. Chicken enchiladas :)

  195. Karen Baxter says:

    My favourite dish would have to be liver, mash and onion gravy. Yum yum.


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