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Five Fresh Recipes with Olives to cool down your summer

August 15, 2018

Summer is for holidays, family and friends. But also for quick and fresh recipes to cool down the hot days with Olives from Spain. Fish, vegetables and salads are the answer for this season. Here below a couple of ideas to enjoy the most of your summer meals. Check them out!

1.Griddled tuna with olive and parsley salad

Ingredients:
– 2 Tuna’s steaks                                                          – Capers
– Olive oil                                                                       – Lemon Zested
– Pitted green Olives from Spain                              – Parsley
– Onion finely chopped                                               – Cooked Potatoes

The best recipe for tuna is with olives and it’s healthy too. Quick-cooked oily fish like tuna make an easy midday meal. Serve with a green olive salad with potatoes on the side.
Rub the tuna’s steaks with olive oil, then fry or grill for 1-2 minutes on each side. Mix the green Olives from Spain with the chopped onion, capers, lemon zest and parsley. Season it well and dress it with lemon juice and some olive oil. Serve with the tuna steak and some potatoes. Fresh and tasty!

2.Mexican Salsa Playera with fresh tomato and olive sauce

Ingredients:
– Ripe tomatoes                                                             – Olive oil
– Finely chopped cilantro                                            – Kosher salt to taste
– Finely chopped pitted green olives                         – Minced onion
– Finely chopped pickled jalapeños                           – Capers

A recipe made to “refresh” your fish or meat with the best ingredients. From Mexico, with good taste comes this Acapulco-inspired pico de gallo, giving you a necessary boost from capers and Olives from Spain.
In a large bowl, toss together all ingredients; let it sit for 30 minutes to blend flavours. Serve at room temperature or chilled. Mix all the ingredients and spooned them over grilled fish or chicken. Easy!

3.Olive Salad

Ingredients:
– Green pitted Olives from Spain                                   – Red Chilli
– Black Hojiblanca pitted Olives from Spain               – White Wine Vinegar
– Pickled coliflower, carrot and gherkins                     – Roasted Red Pepper
– 4 Cloves of Garlic                                                            – Chopped Spring Onions
– Chopped Capers                                                              – Olive Oil
– Dried Oregano

Olives are always the perfect solution for a hot day, by them self, for the aperitif or as accompaniment to any of your summer meals.
To make the olive salad, pulse the olives, giardiniera and garlic in a food processor. Add the capers, herbs, chilli and vinegar and pulse again until chopped, then mix it with the pepper and spring onion with enough olive oil to bring it together. Now you have the perfect blend to any of your summer dishes. Olives are never too many.

4.Sautéed Sole with olives

Ingredients:
– Olive oil                                                                               – Capers
– Pitted Black Hojiblanca olives                                       – Anchovies
– Pitted green olives                                                            – Chopped Tomatoes
– Finely chopped parsley                                                    – Kosher Salt to taste
– Finely chopped garlic                                                       – Black Pepper to taste
– Balsamic vinegar                                                                – 2 Sole fillets

Fish and salads are always the answer for any summer dish. This one, whose topping resembles a tapenade, is wonderful served alongside roast potatoes.
First tapenade: combine the olives,oil, parsley, garlic, vinegar, capers, anchovies, tomato, and salt and pepper in a food processor and pulse until finely chopped; set tapenade aside.
Now cook the sole to medium-high heat until it turns golden brown in about 5 minutes. Finally top each fillet with tapenade before serving and ready !

5.Chilli-salt Salmon with Chopped Salad

Ingredients:
– Salmon                                                                                  – Mixed Black and Green Olives from Spain
– Hot Cornish Sea Salt                                                          – Cucumber
– Olive Oil                                                                                – Celery
– Red Wine Vinegar                                                               – Red Onion
– Yellow Peppers                                                                     – Tomatoes

This summer invite your friends and family for dinner with delicate but spice recipe made of salmon and Olives from Spain. A colourful recipe, not only easy to make but low in calories too.
Cut the salmon into quarters, sprinkle the surface of the salmon with the chilli salt and then leave in the fridge for an hour. Whisk the red wine vinegar and olive oil in a bowl, and season. Then add the salad ingredients and toss.
Heat the oven and set the salmon, skin-side down, on top. Spray with oil, and then bake for 10 minutes until it’s cooked through. Finally, serve with the salad and surprise your guests.

These five recipes are just the tip of the iceberg. Olives from Spain allow you a countless number of dishes to be made. Enjoy !

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Back to school with a boost of energy with these recipes

September 7, 2018

September bring us different mixed feelings. The end of the summer but the beginning of a new course. The weather starts to cool down from the summer high temperatures and we are willing to get home and enjoy a cozy dinner. Here we show you a couple of recipes made with Spanish ingredients for an extra boost in our way back to school.

Black Hojiblanca Olive Chip Biscuits
Level of difficulty: Medium                          Servings: 3 / 4 people                Prep Time: 45 minutes

Ingredients:
– Minced Black Hojiblanca Olives                                   – Eggs
– Pastry Flour                                                                       – Baking Soda
– Sugar                                                                                   – Butter

Pour the flour in a bowl and add a spoon of baking soda. Separately in another bowl put together the butter (help yourself heating it a bit for a smooth performance) and the sugar for a perfect blend and the mix all together with an egg.
Once is all good mix, let’s leave it in the refrigerator for around 15 minutes and finally shape them into small balls to bake at 350º for 15 minutes.
A sweet you have never tried before will be ready !

Aubergine Paté
Level of difficulty: Medium                     Servings: 3 people                         Prep Time: 50 minutes
A roasted eggplant purée typical of Arabic, Mediterranean and Israeli cuisine also called babaganoush. Check it out !

Ingredients:

– 1 large aubergine or 2 medium                                    – Olive oil
– 1 small clove of garlic                                                     – Gordal with peppers from Spain
– Tahini                                                                                – Pitted Hojiblanca Olives from Spain
– 1/2 lemon juice                                                                – Pitted Manzanilla Olives from Spain
– Cumin, salt and pepper

We start by wrapping the aubergines in tin foil and bake in the oven to 200ºC for 45′ until the aubergines are soft.
Once the aubergines are roasted, we wait for them to cool down. We put them in the blender together with the pitted manzanilla and hojiblanca olives from Spain and the rest of the ingredients; garlic, tahini, lemon juice, coriander, cumin, salt and pepper to taste.
In a different bowl add the delicious manzanilla olives stuffed with pepper together with the diced red onion. Mix with some olive oil and add it to the paté as a topping. Ready ! We have our aubergine pate !

Farm chicken confit with lemon and green olives

Level of difficulty: Medium                    Servings: 3/4 people                      Prep Time: 55 minutes

Ingredients:
– 150g of green olive from Spain                                          – Olive Oil
– 1 farm chicken from 1.3 to 1.5 kg                                       – Butter
– 1 bouquet of thyme strawberry                                          – Water
– 8 garlic cloves                                                                        – Salt and Pepper

In a dish, place the chicken and coat it with soft butter. Then season the chicken with salt and pepper.
Cut 2 lemons into thick strips and slide inside and on the sides of the chicken. Add the fresh thyme and the garlic cloves. Surround everything with olives. Finally, pour a drizzle of olive oil and add a small glass of water. Now we bake for 2 hours.
PS: Don’t forget to water it regularly until is ready.

These easy and healthy recipes will give you the boost you need to star the new course with a high dose of energy, let’s go for it !

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Four places around Spain you can enjoy better in Autumn

September 12, 2018

Spain is famous for its long hot summers and amazing beach holidays, but that doesn’t mean the country shuts down for the rest of the year. Indeed, the best travelling in the country happens after the crowds head home.
If you are one of the lucky people who can spend even a simple holiday weekend in Autumn just keep an eye on the destinations we are going to show ahead.
The Spanish Autumn is not the same as in northern Europe. In the south and southeastern parts of Spain, from Murcia to Andalusia, the summer weather continues on until the end of October, reaching up to 30 degrees the hottest days.
From incredible hiking in the Pyrenees to visiting the subtropical forest in the Canary Islands. Autumns getaways!

Murcia

You can swim in the Mediterranean sea well into October. In the southeast, the water temperatures stay warm for the longest. Those who want anything else than lay down on their towels and swim in the sea into autumn should check out the Murcia region at least once. Olives snack on the beach are still a reality there!
Average temperature: 18-30 degrees
Water temperature: 19-24 degrees

Almería

Almería is located at the far east of Andalusia and is less touristic, which makes it more charming. Those who travel to Almería during the Autumn time will find great hiking areas, interesting old villages whose architecture date back to the Moorish time. And guess what? Olives all around!

Ibiza
Ibiza is not purely party island, but like all the Balearic Islands is a true natural beauty. You can swim at the gorgeous beaches in Ibiza until mid-October or go on a tour to discover the island. In September, the thermometer often gets up to the 30-degrees. The ocean remains surprisingly warm around Ibiza and with a bit of luck, you still be able to swim into early November. On the other hand the late Autumn is much more ideal for hiking or cycling.

 

North Spain, Basque Country

Every year, the surfers of Spain and other parts of the world make their way to the Cantabric’s sandy beaches. In the Basque Country, you will find some of the best surf spots and beaches in Europe, which happens to be natural beaches with a few nearby buildings and mountains at the back.

Don’t be sad because the summer ends, be happy for the numerous possibilities Autumn offers you and in case of doubt, go for an
olive snack!

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Ten things you didn’t know about olives

September 17, 2018

Olives are an amazing gift of nature, a good food for athletes and a basic Mediterranean appetizer. But do you know everything you have to know about them? Keep reading and surprise yourself!

1. Olives contain oleic acid, which has beneficial properties, lowering LDL (“bad” cholesterol) while maintaining HDL (“good” cholesterol”).


2. 100 g of olives contain just 150 kcal and they enclose the ideal mix of essential vitamins, amino acids and antioxidants.

3. They can help you absorb other nutrients better. Antioxidants found in many veggies and fruits are better absorbed when eaten with dietary fat such as olives.

4. They can help you stay satisfied. Snacking on the fruit also provides dietary fibre; a cup has about 15% of what you need in a day!

5. They are affordable and really easy to preserve. You can store them for a long time and use them as a quick-to-prepare snack at any time.

6. Did you know that olives have grown in Spain for more than 3,000 years? This means generations and generations of producers!

7. Olives from Spain are limited in size but great in taste. Olive give you the chance to experiment with a small ingredient that has a wide variety of applications and are full of flavour.

8. The table olives meet the four basic tastes that the palate detects: acid, bitter, sweet and salty, which allows its use in any culinary recipe without any other limitation than your imagination and your cooking skills.

9. Many people do not know that olives change colour during ripening. Green olives are picked at the optimal ripening stage, and its colours range from rich green to fair yellow, meanwhile, black olives are picked just as they reach their full ripening stage. Surprising, right?


10. Loved for its fleshy pulp and large size, it’s no wonder that Gordal means “the fat one.” Also called “the beauty of Spain,” or “Queen Olive” this green olive, characterized by its oval and slightly asymmetric shape being one of the world’s best-known olives.

We said “Ten things you didn’t know about olives” but here you have an extra bonus: You can not eat olives directly from the tree. The olives are very bitter and hard; it would be practically impossible to eat them directly from the tree. In fact, it is the only fruit that can not be eaten directly from the tree, needs to lose its bitterness and become soft before it is edible. To remove that flavour they are left in brine for a while.

With Olives from Spain you have the opportunity to enjoy them straight from the jar, so just do it!

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Harvest Day, all you need to know

October 2, 2018

Harvest in old English means ‘autumn’ and in ancient tradition, it was a time for reaping and gathering grain and other grown produce. Since pagan times in Britain, thanks have been given for abundant harvests.

Why was such an important festivity?
This was a vital time of the year, when success was a genuine matter of life or death. A prosperous harvest ensured that a community would be fed throughout the potentially barren winter months. It’s therefore no surprise that it was also a time steeped in superstition and, if it succeed, much celebration.

When does it happen?
Normally falling towards the end of September, or early October, the harvest festival is the closest thing to a thanksgiving’s day.
Although today it can be planned a fixed day for this celebration, in the past the harvest festival differed, based on when all the crops had been brought in.

Traditions and symbols
Harvest celebrations pre-date Christianity, but it has always been seen as a very spiritual time to give thanks for the year’s crop.
Symbolic corn dolls, made out of the last sheaf of the harvest, were placed on banquet tables when parishes had their huge feasts.
The doll was then kept until the spring to ensure the good crop continuation for next year.

In Spain does not exist this festivity but also the harvest is considered important and takes place at different times of the year, as the grape harvest during the months of September and October, same as the olives.

Harvesting Olives
Have you ever thought of what happens before getting your perfect olive snack on your table? Before olives have taken quite a journey, its adventure likely begins in the warm Spanish sun, swaying on a branch in the Mediterranean breeze.

Olives from Spain require a lot of warmth and sunlight, difficult to grow in colder climates. The rich, fertile soils of Andalusia in Spain are the perfect environment for olives to flourish, which is why they have been a staple of Spanin’s culture and cuisine for more than 2000 years.

Olives from Spain grow and ripen throughout the summer, usually becoming ready to pick between September and November. Then they are carefully harvested, hand-picked by workers carrying baskets around their necks to protect against bruising. It’s a traditional method of harvesting that exists alongside modern farming, and can be quite time-consuming given that Spain has 2,650,801 hectares of olive groves, of which 154,978 (5.85%) are dedicated to table olives. The country is the largest producer of table olives in the world, as well as the largest exporter, according to the International Olive Council.

We have prepared this delicious recipe
specially for the Harvest Day, so now is time to enjoy it with friends and family!

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How to fall in love with Spain in 2 minutes

October 9, 2018

A study says that it’s possible to fall in love just by staring at someone for a few seconds. Something very similar to what you feel each time you visit Spain. Charming places, good weather, amazing gastronomy, welcoming people and olives! The perfect ingredients for a mind-blowing experience. No matter in which country or latitude of the Iberian ‘s Peninsula you are in, you will find some interesting places to visit and a good olive snack to enjoy with friends, family or even a good book, keep reading for an amazing list:

La Sagrada Familia, Barcelona

La Sagrada Familia is one of the most famous Gaudi’s artworks and the most known and characteristic monument of Barcelona. As the greatest exponent of the modernist architecture, thousands of tourists come every day to contemplate the curious but unfinished temple. It is a giant neogothic Basilica that has been under construction since 1882. And is not expected to be completed between 30 and 80 years.

Gaudi’s Tour, Barcelona

Apart from the already named basilic, Gaudi was an inventive architect spreading his job all around the Catalan capital. We cannot miss “La Pedrera”, Gaudi’s emblem and one of the most popular buildings in Barcelona. Following the street down a little further you will find another work of art from Barcelona’s genius and another legendary facade of the city, “Casa Batllo ”. Finally, why not finish our day having a relaxing olive snack at the “Parc Gu ell”? The use of tiles as a decorative ornament fills the park with colour and the architecture merges with the nature that surrounds it. It has served as a stage for movies, TV series, music videos, photo shoots …and it is located at the top of the city, above the popular Gracia neighbourhood. Not a bad day, right?

The Meninas, Madrid

The Meninas is considered the masterpiece of the Spanish Golden Age painter Diego Velázquez. It’s a painting made in oil on a canvas of large dimensions formed by three bands of cloth stitched vertically, where the figures located in the foreground are represented at life-size. It is one of the most analyzed and commented paintings in the world of art where the central theme is the portrait of the Infanta Margarita of Austria, placed in the foreground, surrounded by her servants, “the meninas”. Nowadays this work of art is located in the Prado National Museum, an inevitable stop during your visit to Madrid. Tapas and olive snack after visiting for a quick commenting of the tour?

The Alhambra, Granada

The Alhambra is an Andalusian palatine city located in Granada, Andalusia. It consists of a set of palaces, gardens and fortress that housed a real citadel within the city of Granada, which served as the accommodation to the monarch and the court of the Nasrid Kingdom of Granada. Its attraction, as in Muslim works from other times, not only lies in the interiors, whose decoration is among the peaks of Andalusian art, but also in its location and adaptation, generating a new landscape but fully integrated with the pre-existing nature. Perfect emplacement for a sunset and some olives snack, weather looks amazing!

The Mosque-Cathedral, Cordoba

The Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba is the most important monument of all the Islamic west construction and one of the most amazing in the world. Its history summarizes the complete evolution of the Umayyad style in Spain, as well as the Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque styles of Christian construction. The place that today occupies the Mosque-Cathedral seems to have been, since ancient times, dedicated to the worship of different divinities. The interior space is arranged over a concert of columns and two-colour arcades with a great chromatic effect. You cannot miss it!

And now, still hesitating about coming to Spain?