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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!

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Spain’s most mysterious urban legends

May 13, 2020

Our world’s history is made up of thousands of tales and myths, some are a little on the fantastical side but make a thrilling story. So, why let the truth get in the way! The infamous Lochness Monster is a popular element of the British Urban Legends, believed to be a large monster lurking in the loch of Scotland. There is little evidence to support this phenomenon, however people can’t seem to let this theory go! From the Pyramids of Guimar, to the Lovers of Teruel, here are some of the most mysterious urban legends in Spain.

 

  1.  The Legends hidden in the mountain of Montserrat

    The mountain of Montserrat has always been a place of inspiration for many myths and legends, with perhaps the most mysterious being ‘La Moreneta’, the Black Madonna, the Virgin of Montserrat. According to the legend, ‘La Moreneta’, ​is believed ​to have been carved in Jerusalem at the beginning of the religion. As one of the most famous Black Madonna statues in the world, ​it was decided to leave the icon there and build a sanctuary around it to worship it. The place became a place of pilgrimage, which today, the sanctuary is known as the Holy Cave and is one of the highlights of the visit to Montserrat.
  2. Legend of “The Lovers of Teruel” 

    This famous legend, originating in the Middle Ages, tells the story of two young people from Teruel who were hopelessly in love with each other. These two youngsters, named Isabel de Segura and Diego de Marcilla, died of love because of the thousands of misfortunes that they lived and that prevented them from joining forever. Their bodies are located in a mausoleum next to the church and tower of San Pedro, in Teruel, and every year in February, the inhabitants of this city recreate the atmosphere of this time.

  3. The mystery of the island of San Brandán: 

    It is said that in the Canary archipelago there is an island that appears and disappears. This island owes its name to San Brandán de Clonfert, who described this island as a paradise on earth. However, it was impossible for many navigators to locate the island. Many people claimed to have visited it, and many others failed to reach that fate. Years later, the fog was blamed for the disappearance of this island, and to this day many know it as “The Lost Island”.

  4. The Mystery of the Pyramids of Guimar and the Guanche at Tenerife: 

    Many people travel to Tenerife as a popular holiday destination, but what many are unaware about is the ongoing mystery of the Pyramids of Guimar. What we do know is that ​Guimar is a town in the south of Tenerife and it is the location where six of these pyramids are to be found. Their structure and where they are located, a place where there was clearly no agriculture, suggest that the pyramids were used for rituals and astronomy. However, ​who built them, when were they constructed and why are all unsolved questions that still to this day explorers have never found the answers to.

 

When you think of Spain, there are plenty of things that are likely to spring to mind, the nice weather, beautiful landscapes, it’s rich history, but perhaps not the stories of mysterious urban legends. There are in fact many myths and legends in this mystical country which have ventured out into the world as fiction to be discovered.

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Influence of the Spanish Cuisine in the UK

June 11, 2020

Spain has always been known as a favourite holiday destination to travel to from the UK as it offers so much culture, beautiful beaches, warm weather and of course the traditional cuisine! Wanting to relive these dishes enjoyed on holiday, Brits in more recent years have therefore eagerly welcomed the Spanish cuisine culture to the UK.

 

Tapas restaurants

Tapas restaurants across the UK have started to become more and more popular, where they have embraced the idea of a more informal eating style with shared dishes. The appeal of tapas is easy to grasp, in contrast to traditional dining where the customer orders one main course and perhaps a starter, tapas offers customers the opportunity to try and share several dishes, each with its own unique ingredients and flavours. ​Tapas is also a style of eating that represents sociability and relaxed eating with friends and family, which is similarly an important part of British culture. It creates a fun and interactive experience for diners, which encourages people to talk and drink over a variety of delicious, flavourful, small dishes, and the popularity of this has therefore shown how Spanish cuisine and their style of eating has influenced the UK.

 

 

Spanish Cuisine in UK Supermarkets

Supermarket tapas ranges have become widely available in the UK, from ready prepared paella to patatas bravas, and of course the popular olives from Spain, millions of Brits are enjoying the bright flavours of the Mediterranean in their favourite Spanish food, from the comfort of their homes. Spanish Cuisine has also helped to introduce seafood in dishes such as the famous Seafood Paella, which has now become a very popular dish across the UK and can be found in most British Supermarkets. It has become very easy to find recipe books and other information on Spanish Cuisine in shops and supermarkets too, so that Brits can learn and try to recreate traditional Spanish dishes themselves. Additionally, you can now buy the typical Spanish terracotta tapas dishes in the UK to serve the homemade tapas as authentic as you would find in Spain!

 

Spanish food festivals in the UK

Every year, the streets of Spain are brought to London to discover a weekend of different Spanish flavours. Brits are able to explore and sample the delicious delicacies on offer from Barcelona’s world famous La Boqueria market. From traditional paella, to delicious cured meats or freshly made hot churros, every taste of Spain is available to try. It is a Spanish food lover’s ideal and highlights the influence and popularity that this cuisine has on the UK. Among the most popular tapas are the homemade empanadas, olive stalls, the Spanish tortilla, fresh chorizo and of course spicy patatas bravas. This UK festival is a very authentic way to take a tour through the tastes of Spain and learn about the history of each one! Also, the Spanish Olive Festival is another great influence to the UK during the Foodies Festival in London and Brighton. It is a true way to celebrate the popularity of olives in Spain with many opportunities to sample Olives from Spain whilst learning about the different types, flavours and history!

 

spanish-olive-festival

 

The UK has always been a great international food lover and there is no doubt that the Spanish cuisine has influenced the style of eating, different ingredients, vibrant flavours, and is now a staple to the restaurant culture on the British food map!

 

 

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4 fresh summer recipes to fight the heat

July 14, 2020

In the height of summer, with temperatures soaring, the last thing you will want to be eating is a hot and heavy meal. It is important to try and stay as cool and relaxed as possible. So, here is a collection of light and refreshing summer recipes that you can try and taste to beat the heat.

Courgette and Olive Gazpacho

By far a Spanish summer staple, this refreshing courgette and olive gazpacho is easy to make, super healthy, and delicious! It’s usually served as an appetizer or even a drink.

Ingredients:

  • 1 kg of courgette
  • 50 g of green pepper
  • 50 g of sweet spring onion
  • 50 g of stoneless green olives
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 80 ml. Extra virgin olive oil
  • 20 ml. Wine vinegar
  • Half a teaspoon of salt
  • 250 ml. Water

Method:

  • Peel the garlic, spring onion and courgettes.
  • Grind all the ingredients together, except the water, which we will incorporate at the end.
  • Add salt and vinegar to taste. And then add the water until you get the texture you want.
  • Leave it in the fridge and take out when it is cold accompanied by some olives!
  • Finally, add some croutons or sesame seeds on the top serve.

Olive Salmorejo

Another take on a classic Spanish dish, this inspired Olive Salmorejo is ideal to combat the summer heat. ​Next time you’re in southern Spain, especially Córdoba, you have to try a bowl of their creamy salmorejo. But until then, enjoy it at home with our olive salmorejo recipe!

Ingredients:

  • 200g stoneless olives
  • 8 tablespoons of water
  • 8 tablespoons of the brine of olives
  • 1 cup of bread crumbs
  • 4 tablespoons of olive oil
  • Hard boiled eggs
  • Serrano ham

Method

  1. First, cook the eggs. You need one per person. Place them in a pan and make sure that they are completely covered with water. Bring to a moderate heat until the water boils. Once the water is boiling, set a timer for 10 minutes. Drain and cool under the tap. Peel them and save them for later.
  2. While the eggs are cooking, place the breadcrumbs in the water to soak.
  3. Then put the olives with the brine in the blender and whisk until you get a cream.
  4. Add the breadcrumbs and whisk again until they are mixed together
  5. If a lighter consistency is desired, add more water.
  6. Once the mixture is completely mixed, incorporate the oil to emulsify the mixture.
  7. Pour the olive salmorejo into a jug and leave to rest in the fridge until served.
  8. Present the dish with a chopped hard-boiled egg and the diced ham on top, served cold.
  9. To give it a more powerful flavor at the end, you could add two tablespoons of sherry vinegar

Mediteranean Salad with avocado, tomato, cheese and olives

This fresh and vibrant summer salad recipe is perfect for al fresco dining to add to your BBQs in the evening or a healthy summer time lunch!

Ingredients

  • 1 Avocado
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Cured Cheese
  • Black Olives

Method

  1. Cut the tomatoes and olives into halves, and the cheese into small slices
  2. Split the avocado, take out the stone and peel the skin off. Then cut into small pieces
  3. Once you have cut all the ingredients up, place them on a plate all together
  4. Season to taste with salt, olive oil and vinegar

Trampó Salad

This is a refreshing summer salad owith origin in Mallorca. Combining these fresh and organic ingredients guarantees a delicious and mouth-watering result. This salad is perfect accompanied by bread and olives.

Ingredients

  • 5 tomatoes, diced
  • 6 small green peppers, cored and diced
  • 1 onion, peeled and finely chopped
  • 4 tablespoons of Extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt of salt
  • Olives from Spain of your choice
  • Bread to accompany

Method

  1. Wash and prepare all the ingredients as described in the ingredients list
  2. In a large bowl, combine the tomatoes, peppers, onion and olives
  3. Mix together with the olive oil and salt to taste until everything is incorporated
  4. Serve with some bread or keep in the fridge for/up to a few days.

As you can see, these recipes are super easy and quick to make at home. This is a reason why they are perfect for those days when you don’t know what to have for lunch or those other occasions when you don’t have much time to cook. We can assure you they are truly tasty. But what is more important, is that they are very refreshing, and thus will help you to beat the heat of summer days.

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5 places you need to visit in Spain once we return to normality

July 30, 2020

We are all dreaming of our next holiday destination once everything resumes and we return to normality. That first step off the plane to be welcomed by the warm temperatures, the first drink on the beach or sightseeing through the historical cities. These 5 Spanish destinations offer something special and unique for an unforgettable holiday brimming with culture, beautiful landscapes, beaches and towns that remain relatively undiscovered. These are places not to be missed once normal life starts again!

  1. Valencia: ​As one of the best cities to visit in Spain, Valencia offers an eclectic mix of traditional and modern culture. Between the beautiful Cathedral and Old Town to the modernist and Art Deco architecture of the City of Arts and Science, this city certainly gives itself a unique feel. With high and sunny temperatures, enjoy the beautiful beaches as well as the famous Turia park, which used to be a river, as the perfect place to take a blissful stroll soaking in the rays.
  2. Bilbao: ​The northern Spanish city of Bilbao is very different to many you have probably visited before and it is perfect for a holiday if you are looking to visit a place of such contrast. While the rest of Spain can be unbearably hot and humid, the weather in Bilbao is perfect for an active holiday and therefore, taking advantage of the outdoors is essential as a leisurely walk through the city will give you a highly visual experience with a mix of old and contemporary architecture. Pintxos is the Basque’s country answer to Tapas, and after exploring the Guggenheim Museum and taking in more of the city’s history, a Pintxos pit stop in the Old Town is the perfect idea. You could even try the iconic ‘Gilda’ Pinxtos consisting of olives from Spain, gherkins and guindillas (Spanish pickled green chillies).
  3. Barcelona: ​Barcelona is without a doubt Spain’s cultural capital and thus this cosmopolitan city is perfect to explore once we are able to. From the scenic outdoor offerings of the colourful Gaudi buildings such as La Sagrada Familia and Park Güell, to the bustling La Barceloneta beach, to the Las Ramblas streets, packed with restaurants, bars and markets, this city seems to have something for everyone. With such a variety of things to do, you could stay for a few days but most likely you would want to stay longer to have the whole Barcelona experience!
  4. Seville: ​A beautiful and fascinating city in southern Spain, Seville is an example of Spain’s living history. It is a compact city, great for sightseeing, where you can explore the stunning architecture of the city filled with Roman ruins, Moorish structures and palaces and Gothic churches from the Castilian rule. D​uring the day, you’ll find outdoor cafes all along cobbled streets between the pastel-colored plazas. And when night falls, the city is filled with music and dance as it is the capital of flamenco. ​Seville truly captures the culture and traditions of Spain and therefore it is a perfect destination to add to the list of the must have places to visit once normal life continues.
  5. Jaen: ​Another beautiful Andalusian city, that every lover of Spain should visit, enjoy and spend some time once normal life resumes getting to know it. Not only is the city brimming with history, cultural customs and traditions, standing at the top of the Santa Catalina Castle that towers over its winding streets offers some of the most breathtaking views of the fascinating Moorish architecture, the vast landscapes of olive groves and many historically impressive monuments.

Spain’s diverse cities, breathtaking landscapes, culture and traditions are unparalleled. With so much variety between the different parts of Spain, each with its own celebrated sites, culture, cuisine and seasonality, there is no doubt that there is something for everyone within this eclectic mix of places. This makes it an undisputed destination that you must visit once normal life resumes.

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Easy recipes to do with kids

September 14, 2020

Cooking has always been a fun activity and even more so if you can gather the whole family together to create delicious and healthy meals that you can all enjoy! There isn’t a better time to introduce your kids to cooking, so here are some easy recipes to try and start to have fun in the kitchen with your little ones.

Mini olive baguette pizzas

Ingredients:
● 3 small baguettes
● 6 tablespoons of tomato puree
● 1 garlic clove, halved
● 150 grams of mozzarella
● 40 grams of black olives

Selection of other toppings: ​parma ham, sliced red and yellow peppers, onion, sliced cherry tomatoes, mushrooms, sweetcorn, pesto

Method:
1. Preheat the oven to 220°C. Bake the baguettes for 12-15 min or until cooked. Halve each baguette lengthways, place on a baking tray and put back into the oven for a further 5 min to crisp up.
2. While still warm, rub each baguette half with the cut side of the garlic. Spread each piece with 1 tablespoon of purée.
3. Sprinkle with a handful of mozzarella, followed by the black olives.
4. Let the children help themselves to the different toppings to create their own combinations. You could even try and make fun patterns or smiley faces with the
different toppings!
5. Put the pizzas on the baking tray and bake for 6-8 min, until the cheese is melted and
golden. Then enjoy!

Mini mediterranean “banderillas”

Ingredients:

● Cucumber
● Red bell pepper
● Feta cheese
● Cherry tomatoes
● Black olives from Spain

Method:

1. Start chopping all the veggies and cheese in bite-size pieces
2.Help your kids assemble the skewers. Poke a black olive into each skewer and press it down util it reaches the end nod.
3.Then, add the rest of the ingredients in your desired order. We propose one here: cherry tomato, feta cheese, red bell pepper and cucumber (it will look amazing!)
4.Serve it as an appetizer on its own or alongside some delicious dipping sauce. This makes a great contribution for events and social gatherings.

Rainbow veggie Skewers

Ingredients
Choose for each colour of the rainbow you like
● Red: peppers, cherry tomatoes
● Orange: Sliced carrots into coins
● Yellow: peppers
● Green: Green olives from Spain, cucumber, broccoli
● Blue / Indigo: Black olives from Spain
Method
● For each veggie skewer, get your kids to start by poking one or two black olives onto the skewer, pushing them part way down.
● Next, thread on the green olives and other green veggies followed by yellow, orange, and red veggies of their choice (in that order – ending with red at the top)
● Serve with a healthy dip, such as hummus or guacamole
Black Olive Hummus
● 1 clove garlic
● 1 can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
● 1 can black olives
● Olive oil as needed

Method
● Place garlic in food processor and pulse until garlic is minced.
● Add chickpeas and blend until they have broken down into a paste.
● Pour in liquid from olives, 1 tablespoon at a time; puree until fully incorporated, about 2
to 3 tablespoons liquid in total.
● Keep food processor running and slowly drizzle olive oil into hummus until smooth and
desired consistency is reached.
● Add olives to the hummus and pulse 3 to 7 times until olives are chopped and evenly
distributed.