After her 11-year-old son started selling – and selling out – of her homemade salad dressing, within weeks Sandy Ruddock went from being an enviable home-cook to the owner of a growing family business – and mother of a very promising entrepreneur.
Scarlett & Mustard really is a proper family affair. Their Granny’s secret recipe for tarragon salad dressing is the original family legacy, but every other Scarlett & Mustard dressing and sauce has also been named or inspired by a loved one.
Take Auntie Frog’s Lime & Chilli Dressing (£3.99). Affectionately named after Sandy’s sister (aka Auntie Frog) because of her love of all things chilli, this sizzling marinade-come-dressing bursts with fresh Thai flavours and is seriously delicious when drizzled over salads, stir-fries or slathered over meat or fish.
Chilli-lovers will also love Billy’s Champion Chilli Jam. This vibrant red relish has all the sweetness and heat of a chilli sauce, with the silky smoothness of a jam. A great partner for cheese and cold meats, it can also used in sandwiches or stirred into stews or for a bit of extra zing.
Named by Sandy’s step daughter because of her love for balsamic vinegar (and never being able to say the word ‘balsamic’), Rosie’s Doo Dah Sauce (£3.99) is a rich and dark dressing, slightly tangy with a hint of sweetness from honey. Extra virgin rapeseed oil gives the balsamic a British twist, and makes it a best-of-both-worlds take on your typical dipping oil or vinegar.
It’s the company’s aim to encourage families to experiment with food in fun and simple ways, and they’re certainly doing a good job at inspiring people to get into the kitchen and try something new. Even Jimmy Doherty (Jimmy’s Farm/best mate of Jamie Oliver) claims to be “completely addicted”, with every product made from the finest, locally sourced natural ingredients, and no additives, preservatives or flavourings. Which means all you need to do is dollop it on and dig right in.