3 Recipes with olives for Spicy Lovers - Olives from Spain

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3 Recipes with olives for Spicy Lovers

April 15, 2019

Now that winter is over it is time to enjoy sunny days and warm temperatures. That is why you should try some spicy dishes! Spicy food is usually eaten in hot climates because it helps you to cool down your temperature faster. Also, it prevents food to spoil!

Spicy olive channa masala:

Level of difficulty: medium         Servings: 1-2           Prep time: 45 minutes

Ingredients:

– 15 pcs Hojiblanca Olives from Spain
– 1 pcs Onion chopped
– 10g Garlic chopped
– 30 ml Pure olive oil
– 15g Coriander powder
– 3 pcs Cumin powder
– 3 pcs Chili powder.
– 3g Turmeric powder
– 3 pcs Chopped tomatoes
– 235ml Water
– 150g Boiled Chickpeas
– 5 g Paprika powder
– 5 g Garam masala powder
– Salt to taste
– 10 ml Lemon juice
– 2 pcs Green chilies
– 10 g Ginger
– 15 g Coriander chopped

Elaboration:

First, heat oil in a large skillet. Add onions, garlic, and sauté over a medium heat until browned (between 3 – 5 minutes). Once they are done, turn the heat to medium-low. Then add the coriander, cumin, cayenne and turmeric. Stir for a few seconds, add the tomatoes and cook them until they are lightly brown.

Next, add the chickpeas, the black olives and a cup of water and stir. Then add the roasted cumin, paprika, garam masala, salt and lemon juice, and cook it covered for 10 minutes.

After it, remove the cover and add the minced chili and ginger. Finally, stir and cook uncovered for 30 seconds.

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Spicy Indian pimento olives:

Level of difficulty: medium          Servings: 3-4          Preparation time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

– Spanish Pimento Olives from Spain
– 3 tbsp mustard seeds powdered
– 5 tbsp Methi Seeds (Fenugreek Seeds) powdered
– 3 tbsp red chili powder
– Garlic Cloves
– 5 cups Olives oil
– Salt to taste

Elaboration:

First, take the Pimento Olives in a big bowl and add in the mustard seeds powder, the fenugreek seeds powder, the red chili powder and the salt. Then combine well all the ingredients, add 2 cups of oil and mix it. Next, add 1 cup of oil on top and close the lid tightly. Let it marinate for 3 days at least.

In order to elaborate the garlic chutney, add all the roasted spices into a mixer along with salt. Blend it to a coarse powder.

Toss the Pimento Olives with the garlic chutney and the leftover olive oil. Serve after a couple of hours.

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Tomato chutney with green Olives from Spain:

Level of difficulty: easy         Servings: 10         Prep time: 15-20 minutes

Ingredients:

– 10 pcs, Green Olives from Spain
– 6 pieces, chopped tomatoes
– 2 pieces, chopped garlic
– 1 piece, chopped green chili
– 1 tsp, mustard seeds
– 1 tbsp, salt
– 1 tbsp, sugar
– 3 tbsp, tomato ketchup
– 1 tbsp, coriander
– 2 tbsp, refined oil
– 1 tbsp, red chili powder

Elaboration:

First, heat oil in a saucepan on medium heat, add the mustard seeds and let them crackle. As soon as the mustard seeds crackle, take the pan off the flame and add the garlic and green chilli. Sauté for a minute.

Next, add the chili powder and stir well. Stir in the chopped tomatoes and bring the pan back to the flame. Then add salt and cook till the tomatoes are soft on medium heat.

Finally, add the tomato ketchup, the chopped green olives and coriander. Mix well and transfer the mixture to a bowl to cool down.

You can serve it along with chips as a wonderful dip. Perfect for sharing with friends!

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Plant-based diet with Olives from Spain

May 8, 2019

The plant-based diet is one of the healthiest choices, and it’s now become a trend. They are not only good for your body but they are also delicious! Discover these fantastic recipes with our favourite ingredient: olives!

Almond and garlic soup and gazpacho

Level of difficulty: Garlic Soup (medium), Gazpacho (easy)             Servings: 4 people            Preparation time: Garlic Soup (25 min), Gazpacho (15 min)

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Ingredients:

Almond and Garlic soup:

– 200g raw almonds
– White bread
– 10-15 Black Olives from Spain
– 6 teaspoons olive oil
– 6 teaspoons sherry vinegar
– 1 clove garlic
– ½ l water
– Salt

Gazpacho:

– 1kg ripe tomatoes
– 1 green pepper
– 1 cucumber
– 10-15 Green Olives from Spain
– 6 teaspoons olive oil
– 1 clove garlic
– 2 teaspoons sherry vinegar
– ½ glass water
– Salt

Elaboration:

Almond and Garlic soup:

First, soak the crusty bread in water. Once it is ready, blend the ingredients to a creamy texture. Finally, add to the soap some thinly slice black Olives from Spain.

Gazpacho:

Soak the crust bread in water and chop all ingredients. Next, blend the ingredients until it has a smooth texture. Add the bread and the extra virgin olive oil to the mixture. Finally, slice some green Olives from Spain and add them to the soup.

Spanish roasted potato salad with Gordal olives

Level of difficulty: medium                                    Serving: 3-4 people                                            Preparation time: 40 min

potato salad

Ingredients:

– 1 cup green Gordal Olives from Spain, pitted
– ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
– 1 kg yellow potatoes, quartered
– 3 medium onions, quartered
– 8 cloves of garlic, smashed
– 1 tablespoon rosemary
– 1 tablespoon thyme
– ¼ cup pine nuts
– 4 cups of your favourite greens (spinach, arugula, kale)
– Juice of 1 lemon
– Sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Elaboration:

Preheat oven to 400F. Meanwhile, in a bowl, mix half of the green Gordal olives along with the potatoes, onions, garlic, oil, rosemary, thyme, salt and pepper.

Next, transfer to a baking dish and roast for 20 minutes. During the final 10 minutes, add the pine nuts and remainder of the green Gordal olives to the baking dish. Once the vegetables are finished cooking, transfer them to a bowl and add the mixed greens and lemon juice. The heat will slightly wilt the green and bring out their colour.

Serve immediately.

Buddha bowl with Manzanilla olives

Level of difficulty: medium                                  Serving: 4 people                                      Preparation time: 30 minutes

Buddha bowl

Ingredients:  

⅓ cup pimento-stuffed green Manzanilla Olives from Spain

– 1 cup cooked quinoa
– 1 block firm tofu
– 1 small carrot
– 1 small beet
– 1 small zucchini, sliced
– 1 yellow bell pepper, sliced
– 1 small handful of cherry tomatoes, halved

Mayonnaise:

– 3 tablespoons olive oil
– 2 tablespoons lemon juice
– 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
– 2 teaspoons garlic, minced
– 1 teaspoon dried oregano
– salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Elaboration:

First, in a small bowl, combine the olive oil, lemon juice, vinegar, garlic and herbs. Season it with salt and pepper to taste.

Vegetables:

Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a skillet on medium-high heat. Then, grill the zucchini and yellow bell pepper slices in the skillet until softened. Once it is done, remove it from the heat and let it cool.  Finally, grate the beet and carrot.

Tofu:

Drain the liquid from the tofu and pat dry. Slice the tofu into ¼ thick slices. Next, pan fry until it is brown and crispy on both sides.

Bowl:

Evenly arrange the grilled vegetables, raw vegetables, quinoa and tofu in a bowl. Finally, drizzle the salad dressing on top and enjoy!

Pasta with roast tomato and olive sauce

Level of difficulty: medium                                    Serving: 4 people                                        Preparation time: 45 minutes

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Ingredients:

– 300 – 400g of pasta
– 1kg of ripe tomatoes
– 1 cup of halved green and black olives
– 2 tablespoons of chopped capers
– 1 tablespoon of Modena vinegar
– 1 tablespoon of sugar
– 3 tablespoons of virgin olive oil

Elaboration:

Peel and halve the tomatoes, and place them in an oiled dish. Then, season with salt and pepper, and sprinkle over the sugar and capers. Drizzle with the oil and vinegar.

Roast in a pre-heated oven at 250C for around 20 or 30 minutes until well cooked. Next, remove the dish from the oven, cut up the tomatoes, add the olives and return to the oven for a further 5 minutes.

Finally, cook the pasta according to the instructions on the packet. Drain and serve with the sauce.

Enjoy this sinfully delicious pasta recipe!

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Body ready for summer with Olives from Spain

May 22, 2019

Clear sky, warm days… is it summer yet? Don’t wait anymore and start getting ready for your holidays! It’s time to hide the thick and oversized jackets and enjoy the sunny and hot days.

These three recipes are not only good for your body, but they are delicious! Fresh, healthy and, of course, with olives.

Spanish gazpacho with Manzanilla olives

Level of difficulty: easy                                  Servings: 2 people                                Preparation time: 20 minutes

gazpacho

Ingredients:    

– ½ cup pimiento-stuffed green Manzanilla olives from Spain
– 4 ½ ripe tomatoes
– 1 green pepper
– 1 garlic clove, peeled
– 1 medium cucumber
– 4 tbsp sherry or wine vinegar
– 1 glass of cold water
– ¼ cup of leftover bread
– Extra virgin olive oil to taste
– Sea salt to taste
– Fresh herbs to taste

Elaboration:

First of all, wash all of the vegetables thoroughly. Remove the stems and seeds. Then cut all of the vegetables and bread into medium-sized pieces.

Place in a blender with the rest of the ingredients, except the green Manzanilla olives. Grind for 5 minutes at full speed and chill the mixture in the fridge for 2 hours before serving.

Finally, ladle into bowls to serve, and garnish with abundant slices of olives, fresh herbs and a dash of olive oil.

Perfect for dinner after a hot and long day. Take the bowl to the garden and enjoy the clear sky while chatting with your family.

Fresh salad with Hojiblanca Olives from Spain

Level of difficulty: easy                                         Servings: 2 people                                    Preparation time: 15 minutes

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Ingredients:

– ⅔ cup black Hojiblanca olives
– 3 oranges
– 2 tomatoes
– 1 avocado
– 1 lemon
– ⅓ cup fresh cheese
– 2 sprigs basil
– Extra virgin olive oil
– Sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Elaboration:

First, cut the tomatoes and oranges into cubes without their skins. Then, combine them with the olives in a bowl and season the mix with oil and salt. Next, cut the avocado and fresh cheese into cubes, and add to the salad.

When serving the dish, garnish with a few basil leaves and lemon zest to add flavour.

This is a quick and easy recipe will make you fall in love with salads again!

Amaranth salad with olives

Level of difficulty: easy                                   Servings: 1 person                              Preparation time: 25-30 minutes

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Ingredients:

– 10 units of Olives from Spain
– 1 tablespoon of amaranth puffs
– ½ each roasted and yellow peppers
– 1 cup arugula
– 1 teaspoon pumpkin seeds
– 1 tablespoon lemon juice
– 1 teaspoon honey
– 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
– Salt
– Pepper

Elaboration:

Firstly, roast the peppers in an oven for 10 minutes at 200C. Take them out in a bowl and cover the bowl with a plastic wrap. After about 5 minutes take them out and remove the skin from the peppers and cut them in triangles.

Next, wash the arugula and dip it in ice cold water and drain in a sieve. Set aside to dry.

Take a bowl and whisk together lemon juice, honey and extra virgin olive oil and season it with salt and pepper.

Toss the arugula, black olives and roasted peppers together and assemble the salad on a plate. Finish the dish sprinkling amaranth puffs and pumpkin seeds to garnish and serve.

Ideal for surprising some friends with its exotic look.

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5 beautiful Spanish destinations to plan your summer

May 29, 2019

Have you already planned your summer holidays? Don’t worry, we have the perfect Spanish destinations for you. Would you rather spend some days close to the beach? Do you like hiking? Find the destination that matches your perfect Spanish holiday!

MOJACAR

It was in 2003 that the white town of Mojacar was declared one of the most beautiful towns in Spain. It is situated in a peak at 170 metres above the sea level, in the east of Almeria. Its castle has a viewpoint from where you will be able to enjoy a splendid sight. You will also be able to visit its beautiful churches and hermitages, where you will definitely be fascinated.

The beaches have been considered the most attractive of Almeria. During the evening you can organise a picnic close to the beach, just bring some drinks and enjoy the sunset while eating olives!

MORAIRA

Moraira

Moraira is the smallest but more beautiful town in the white coast. This is the perfect place to spend a relaxing time thanks to its 8 km of beach, with 7 beaches. Even with the growing tourism, Moraira still conserves its beautiful natural environment.

Its old city holds a cultural patrimony and keeps some secrets to the visitor in the shape of historical buildings, fortified churches, vigilance towers, castles and walls. The Castle of Moraira is the principal fortress and a very interesting building to visit.

BEGUR

Begur

In the heart of Empordà, in Catalonia, Begur is one of the most beautiful towns in the Costa Brava. This wonderful place is made of a group of hills and an extensive coastline.

The old town of Begur is formed by multiple monuments that have remained as a legacy of the most significant moments of its history. Besides, the small romantic core of Esclanyà and the eight coves and small beaches that belong to Begur, form an incredible place to go and have a relaxing time.

COMILLAS

Comillas

Now that we have enjoyed the Mediterranean Sea, we go north, to Cantabria. Comillas is also considered one of the most beautiful towns in Spain, thanks to its incomparable natural and landscape environment and for its cultural and architectural heritage.

The town has a unique architecture, where artists like Gaudí left its mark in the beautiful and remarkable buildings. The “Capricho de Gaudí” is without doubt one of the most unique buildings in the town. Definitely a town worth visiting.

FRIGILIANA

Frigiliana

And we finish where we started, in the white towns. Frigiliana is one of the most beautiful of the white towns in Malaga. The whitewashed walls, its narrow and winding streets are the Moorish heritage that the passage of time has left in the old town of Frigiliana, one of the best preserved in the province.

Frigiliana has a wide range of tourist services to meet the demand of the visitor. A varied range of accommodation and a number of restaurants offering all kinds of cuisine. One of the most typical dishes is “migas”. Its name comes from the Spanish word for “crumbs” as it is made of bread crumbs and corn flour. In order to add some fresh flavour, it is usually eaten with sardine and olives.

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Spanish Olive Festival 2nd edition

June 14, 2019

Last month we had the pleasure to celebrate the 2nd Edition of the Spanish Olive Festival in the UK. Our olives brought the Mediterranean essence to Brighton and London at the Foodies Festival, the UK’s biggest food festival!

We loved seeing so many of you coming to our stand where you had the chance to taste and stuff our olives with multiple fillings: manchego cheese, roasted red peppers, almonds and golden sultanas. You could choose between manzanilla, hojiblanca and gordal olives! Also, our ambassadors were ready to help visitors and show the different flavour combinations and pairings you could try, so you could enjoy olives as much as possible!

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As you can see, kids loved it too! This is a good way to introduce healthy food to the little ones. You can serve olives as a snack instead of serving chips or biscuits.

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Moreover, Olives from Spain ambassador, chef Jose Pizarro, attended the Spanish Olive Festival in London where he performed a cooking demonstration on the main stage. He cooked two delicious dishes: hake with tomato and olive salad, and olive and salt cod tortilla. Tasty and healthy! Making delicious recipes seemed so simple after watching him!

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There’s nothing better than sharing good moments with your friends and family. The only way to improve it is being surrounded by delicious food! That’s what the Spanish Olive Festival is all about! Do you want to feel this special experience? Then watch the video!

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Best calas in Spain

June 19, 2019

The first thing that comes to your mind if you think about Spanish beaches is an enormous place where many people go to spend an amazing day while sunbathing and playing with the waves. However, there are some hidden places where you can relax and in which you will feel like you are in paradise. These places are called calas. Continue reading if youwant to know more about them!

Playa de Gulpiyuri, Asturias

Gulpiyuri is a small Asturian bay of less than 50 metres long. However, its beauty andcharm will surprise you. It is surrounded by nature and rocks, and it appears that its watercomes from underground cavities. This is a beautiful beach in the middle of the typical fields of the region.

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Cala Escorxada, Menorca, Baleares

This small cove is accessible after a 45-minute walk, in the south side of the Menorca Isle. The truth is, its beautiful turquoise water is really worth the walk. There are no kind of facilities, so you will have to bring your own food to spend the day.

Cala Jovera, Tarragona, Cataluña

The Costa Brava is known for its beaches, but it also has something quieter to offer. This cove is placed under the magnificent Tamarit castle, a treasure from the XI century, which is worth a visit after spending a while under the sun. Its sand is white and thin, with turquoise and clean water and a big rock in the edge of the cove.

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La Granadella, Xàbia, Alicante

The Granadella cove is one of the small treasures of Xàbia. This small bay is located in the most southern side of this location. It’s the perfect place to practice underwater activities, due to its clear water and its easy access.

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Jajuai, Pontedeume, A Coruña

To access this small bay, there must be low tide, if not, it is only accessible by boat. To find it, we have to go to Centroña beach, from we will walk to the left, just by the sea. We will walk until we find the vegetal barrier of the  Jajuai cove. It will be like being in Hawaii but paying less for the flight!

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Now that you know about the most beautiful coves of Spain, will you visit them? Don’t forget to bring your olives to spend the day in these beautiful places.