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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

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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.

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Perfect host with these 3 Spanish tapas

June 23, 2019

Summer is for spending time with your friends outdoors: terrace dinners, picnics, walks close to the beach… If you want to organise a nice evening there’s something you can’t forget: food! Let these three fresh and healthy snacks with olives surprise your guests.

Olives summer salad

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Ingredients:

− 100 gr pitted Spanish Black olives
− 45 gr arugula
− 150 gr fresh cheese
− 2 avocados
− 2 tomatoes
− Olive oil
− Balsamic vinegar
− Salt

Elaboration:

The first step is to wash the arugula and put it in a bowl. Next, cut into pieces the fresh cheese, tomatoes and avocados. Add them to the salad and the black olives too.

Finally, dress it with oil vinegar to taste and season it. Perfect for a warm night of summer.

Smoked salmon canape with olives

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Ingredients:

– 10 canape toasts
– 170gr smoked salmon
– 200gr chopped Hojiblanca black olives
– 150gr cheese cream
– Virgin olive oil
– Pepper
– Dill

Elaboration:

First, spread cheese on the toasts and put portions of smoked salmon on top of it. Next, place some slices of olives on top of the salmon.

Finally, dress with olive oil and add pepper and dill to taste. If you are obsessed with black olives you can grate them and sprinkle them over the canapes. Enjoy!

Maize cakes with tomato oil and anchovies

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Ingredients:

– 10 pitted black olives
– 1 grated tomato
– Anchovies
– Fresh basil or oregano
– Virgin olive oil
– Salt and pepper

For the cakes:

– 75g of maize flour
– 25g of wheat flour
– Virgin olive oil
– Water

Elaboration:

For the cakes, mix the maize and wheat flour and the salt and add a little water. Then, knead until the dough no longer sticks to the hanks and can be pressed with a finger without breaking apart. Let it rest.

Form little balls and flatten with fingertips, passing from one to another. Next, cook in a frying pan with a little olive oil and set aside.

Now that the cakes are ready, mix the grated tomato with the oil, oregano or basil, salt and pepper. Soak the anchovies in water for a few minutes to reduce the saltines.

Finally, serve the cakes with an anchovy on top or a teaspoonful of tomato oil and a few slices of olive.

Serve it as a starter or as a snack with some drinks. Enjoy it with your friends!

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Three easy recipes to make at home with olives from Spain

April 1, 2020

With the current world situation, cooking simple snacks and meals for yourself and your loved ones has never been more important. ​In these times where we need to stay at home, work together and keep safe, recreating our quick and easy recipes with Olives from Spain can help you to make the most of these strange days.

Gordal Spanish Olives wrapped in Smoked Bacon

Ingredients:

− 100g of Gordal Spanish Olives
− 12 slices of Smoked Bacon

Elaboration:

Cut the smoked bacon slices in 2. Wrap the Gordal Spanish Olives with the bacon slices. Using a cocktail stick, hold the wrapped bacon slices on the olives. Fry the olives wrapped in bacon in a pan until brown. Serve in a small bowl.

Chef’s tip

For more indulgence, you could put a small slice of Emmental cheese between the Gordal Olive and the bacon.

Tomato Bread Salad with Gordal Olives

Ingredients:

For the dressing:
– 6 spring onions
– 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
– 6 tablespoons of olive oils
– 4 pinches of fine salt
For the salad:
– 6 slices of sourdough bread 3 tomatoes
– 3 little gem lettuce
– 3 cloves of garlic
– 12 slices of Iberian ham
– 100g of Gordal Spanish Olives

Elaboration:

For the dressing:
Wash the spring onions, remove the first layer of the onion. In a bowl, mix the olive oil, balsamic vinegar and salt. Add the spring onions
For the Salad:
Toast the slices of Sourdough bread. Cut the garlic in half and rub the bread with it. Then rub with some of the tomatoes. Then cut these into small pieces. Cut the tomatoes into cubes and thinly slice the lettuce. Cut the ham into strips. Mix everything in a large bowl and then add the sauce and the Gordal Spanish olives, then mix again.

Chef’s tip

Toast your slices of bread in the oven with a little olive oil and a little thyme for more indulgence. For less mess, do not hesitate to keep the green stems of the spring onions, chop them and add them to your dressing!

Egg Mimosas made with Black Olives from Spain

Ingredients:

– 6 eggs
– 1 egg yolk
– 1 teaspoon strong mustard 1 pinch of fine salt
– 12.5 cl peanut oil
– 90 g pitted black Hojiblanca olives from Spain
– 30 g chorizo

Elaboration:

For hard-boiled eggs:

Immerse the eggs in a pan of boiling water and leave for 9 minutes. At the end of cooking, place them in ice water to stop them from cooking. Peel the shell from the eggs. Delicately cut them in half lengthwise. Collect the yolks with a spoon and set aside.

For the Olive Mayonnaise:

Mix the egg yolk, mustard and salt then drizzle in the olive oil while mixing. Finely chop the pitted Hojiblanca black Spanish olives. Mash the cooked egg yolks. Mix the egg yolks, olives and mayonnaise together.

For the dressing:

Slice the chorizo into tiny pieces. Garnish the half-eggs with the black olive mayonnaise. Add the small chorizo pieces on top.

Chef’s tip

You can mash your eggs with a fork or through a sieve.

It is likely you will be cooking and eating at home a lot more over the next couple of weeks to months confined to your houses, but do not let this get you down! ​Staying at home has never been made so simple with these must try easy recipes to encourage you to cook more, bond more and make the most of this situation!