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Vegan Cuisine with Olives

April 18, 2018

Nowadays, more and more often, our lifestyle and different possibilities let us choose between including or not including food of animal origin in our diet. If you are preparing a dinner for many people and would like to satisfy all palates, why not include a couple of vegan recipes? Here below some ideas.

Citrus tandoori marinated with olives from Spain.

Level of difficulty: Easy Servings: 4-5 people Preparation time: 13 m

First of all, the marinade: garam masala, lemon zest, chilli powder, salt, pepper and mint mixed together.

Second, add the yoghurt, taste and adjust salt if necessary. Mix the olives with the marinade and transfer the blend to a baking dish.

Bake in the oven for 6 to 8 minutes until the olives are tender.

Magic touch: remove from the oven and spray a bit of lemon to taste; garnish with chopped fresh coriander and a pinch of tandoori powder. Ready to serve !

 

Vegetable soccattata.

Level of difficulty: Moderate Servings: 3-4 people Preparation time: 40-50 m

If you want to surprise your guests try with this popular street food from the south of France.

A fabulous and different vegan option to the also french “galette sarrasin” made of chickpea flour instead of buckwheat as the classical one.

The socca, made simple and plain is perfectly delicious in its own way, but as usual, life it’s always better with olives.

What we need : chickpeas, red onions, oil cured olives, sun-dried tomatoes, spinaches and olive oil.

The “pancake” is made in a small bowl, mixing together the flour, water, salt and oil. Let it sit for a few hours or overnight (no need to refrigerate).

Now we only need to cook the rest of the ingredients. Red onion until it’s caramelized, the olives, the dry tomatoes and the spinaches in a pan. Once ready, blend it with the galette mix and put it in the oven to bake for 20 minutes (until it slightly browns around the edges).

Surprisingly easy, surprisingly tasty !

 

Spicy Peanuts with pimiento olives from Spain

Level of difficulty: easy Servings: 3-4 people Preparation time: 30 m

Fresh, easy and very tasty. Toasted peanuts, red chili, black pepper, a bit of garlic and pimiento olives from Spain.

Now, let’s prepare it.

First, Crush the roast fennel seeds, ajwain and black pepper seeds.

Chop fresh oregano finely and put into the bowl. Finally add the olives and peanuts.

Second round, crush the garlic cloves and add, crush the red chillies and dried mixed herbs and mix all together.

Heat extra virgin olive oil, add sea salt to the olives and mix well. Pour the warm olive oil over the blend and mix them up.

How to marinate: Transfer the mixture into a bottle for 3-4 days before serving.

If any doubt, watch the video below !

 

Pasta with roasted tomatoes, chickpeas and olives.

Level of difficulty: Moderate Servings: 2-3 people Preparation time: 40-50 m

This dish came together from a mishmash of what you would perfectly had on your fridge. Pasta, chikpeas, cherry tomatoes, olive oil or vegan butter, dried basil, and of course, black olives.

Chickpeas add a richness, creaminess and a different touch from the classic pasta, oil, basil and cherry tomatoes one.

How we do: Roast the tomatoes, roast the chickpeas, add the blend of coconut cream, vegan butter and olive oil and lemon as a sauce, add the olives and the most important, the presentation.

To serve distribute pasta between two bowls. Top with the tomatoes, chickpeas, olives, fresh parsley, spray the rest of the lemon zest and serve immediately.

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Mediterranean Lifestyle is not only a Diet

April 24, 2018

We are tired of hearing about the Mediterranean diet. We promise one last time, but a different one.
The Mediterranean diet is based on the eating patterns in the Mediterranean region and focuses on fruits, vegetables, fish, whole grains and healthy fats. A diet not invented, but discovered, is now recognized as one of the healthiest dietary patterns. The difference, it is not limited to number of days, or any other typical diet schedule, it’s a forever kind of thing. To get the health benefits associated with the Mediterranean diet, you need to embrace the lifestyle.

More important than the food, the company.
There are no food restrictions in the Mediterranean diet. Everything is pretty much allowed. It focuses on grains and vegetables, fiber and lean proteins from nuts and seafood, and far less on fatty meats. But beyond sharing a meal, the Mediterranean culture cultivates a balanced social life and a certain connectedness to the people who matter. Meals are not rushed in front of the computer and shoved down as quickly as possible. Lunch can be a 1 ½ to 2-hour event. And
yes, we get a daily glass of red wine, to help the socializing 😉 That’s the life!

Healthy in an intrinsic way
Classified it as “heart healthy” due to its likelihood to reduce the risk for heart diseases. A recent study published in the New England Journey of Medicine found that incorporating more olives and nuts may help reduce the risk of heart disease by about 30% in who are at high risk.

Skip the gym. Just move, naturally.
Mediterranean people do not specifically spend two hours a day for heavy lifting at the gym. But, that doesn’t make them inactive.
Mediterranean people are not definitely gym-lovers. The 80% of the people who newly joined the gym on January will drop off by mid February, already done.
Supporting the natural movement, a moderate exercise like a daily walk, is an effective and sustainable healthy habit.
Nothing is too convenient, so moving is a natural practice for people of the Mediterranean. Walking as a mean of transport is very common if not necessary, offering an efficient form of daily exercise. An early morning run on the beach or a walk after dinner is common practice. And when they want to do something leisurely, they go out for a walk. Less stress, more living outdoors.

Don’t give up with munchies, make them healthier.
Getting obsessed with over eating low-fat here, low-fat there makes no sense in the Mediterranean area.
Meals are centered round seasonal, locally grown fruits and vegetables. Condiments, cookies, and crackers, if they exist are reduced to be enjoyed sparingly.
We would be lying if we said chocolate, cakes and pastries never made an appearance, but a piece of fresh fruit or dried fruit was a more regular dessert choice.

And the most important, fresh.
This area is rich in olive groves, offering a plentiful supply of fresh olive products. The sea offers fresh fish, shellfish and other seafood, while local markets sell fresh fruits and vegetables. Fresh and homemade are the two words that best describe home cooking near the Mediterranean.
Mediterranean people don’t buy too much of any one ingredient. The whole concept of buying in bulk remains foreign to them. Eating freshly matters, and they don’t mind making multiple trips to the market, on foot, mostly.
The Mediterranean Diet is not an effort, rather a daily practice for many Europeans. An ever-present reminder of how
life should be: healthier, more relaxed, and more balanced between work and play.

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Six Fresh Salads Made with Olives from Spain

May 4, 2018

Fresh summery vibes with olives, can you feel it?
The perfect excuse to add some color to your almost-summer days beyond the standard bowl of lettuce and salad
dressing.
Here is a couple of delicious summer salads, light and fresh made for perfect side dishes and ideal for summer picnics
and snacks. Let’s begin by the classics:

Cobb Salad
Made with a perfect combination of lettuce, hard-boiled eggs, cooked and diced chicken, sliced bacon, avocado, blue
cheese, cherry tomatoes, red sweet onion and manzanilla olives as the final touch.
For the dressing blend together vinegar, dijon mustard, olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
Level of difficulty, no difficulty and amazing taste.

Mediterranean Tuna Salad
Do you think there’s any other salad in the world that combines better with hojiblanca Spanish olives? We don’t. As
simple as tasty, the mediterranean tuna salad is a fresh classic in any mediterranean table.
Amazing big red tomatoes, sliced cucumber, tuna, onion, hojiblanca olives and a dash of olive oil. Simple is better !
Now let’s increase a bit the imagination power and the difficulty.

Summer Salad with nectarines and olives from Spain
If you are one of those who don’t get enough with a lettuce-salad type, let us introduce you this fruity salad. Fresh as the
usual salads but a bit more consistent. Mixed with slices of sweet nectarine, peach or the fruit you like best, crunchy
toasted almonds and pitted hojiblanca olives from Spain. The combination of textures, flavours and colors makes it
delicious. So fresh so filling.


Slaw, Mint, Lime, Roasted Peanutsans and Olives from Spain.
Crunchy salad on the way. In a large bowl, whisk together the 7 ingredients (fresh ginger, fresh lime juice, cherry
tomatoes, a couple of scallions, fresh mint, queen pitted olives from Spain and chopped small green cabbage) except for
peanuts and the dressing. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to 4 hours. After, sprinkle with peanuts before
serving and ready to eat !

And the final stars,
Strawberries Salad with Warm Cheese Croutons and olives from Spain.
If you really want to surprise your guests, try with something new. What would surprise more than strawberries in a
salad? Strawberries with warm cheese croutons, bingo !
This salad begins with simple mixed baby greens, sliced fresh strawberries, fresh cucumber and the rounds of breaded
and fried goat cheese together with the chopped olives, queen and hijoblanca to give the perfect salty combination. You
will be surprised that the olives combine with everything, even in this strawberry salad! De-li-cious.

Quinoa Berry Slaw Salad
We go further changing the main ingredient of any mediterranean salad, lettuce, cabbage or coleslaw for quinoa. Also
surprising, add berries. Blueberries and raspberries, a perfect combination with salty manzanillla olives from Spain. A
mix of flavors, all together with quinoa and red cabbage, radishes and carrots. The final trick, a dressing made of
buttermilk.


This summer, olives from Spain are the answer.

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Typical Spanish Not So Typical for Foreigners

May 9, 2018

Countries are built on traditions and habits. Habits that anyone could think are common to every country, but you would probably not realize until you leave Spain, that they are not as universal as you thought. Melancholy or the Spanish world “morriña” comes to our mind when that happens. Here below, some typical Spanish habits, not so typical in the
eyes of a foreigner.

  • Kissing everybody to say hello and goodbye. Spanish people are well known to be friendly, and for them, it’s absolutely normal to kiss twice any member in the room, table or group to say hello and goodbye. Spanish people even do kiss each other when they just met. Not a so ordinary practice in other countries where people normally shake hands.
  • Picoteo, or the tradition to get some sort of snack with any soda or beer at the bar. A habit you would not see either in its closest neighbours, the French. In Spain, there are more than 260.000 bars and in any of them, you get offered some olives as the most popular snack with your drinks. So welcomed!

  • The schedule. Having lunch at 14h and dinner never earlier than 22h is one of the main characteristics of a Spanish person.
  •  Olive Oil. Our devotion for olives do not stop with olives from Spain as a perfect snack for any occasion, also the olive oil is a well-known asset in any Spanish family.
  • Mediterranean beaches. Sun-kissed beaches, with white sand and crystalline waters. Paradise or Costa de la Luz?
  •  Flamenco and Toros, the most typical icon of the Spanish culture. As surprising as fascinating for the foreigners.

  •  Blinds (persianas in Spanish). Somebody once said, “You don’t know what you have until you lose it”. The same happens to the blinds outside Spain. Sunlight, you are welcome!
  •  Tapas. Going for dinner and not having an only own dish but 5 different shared meals? We have already talked about the friendly character of the Spanish people. Sharing is caring!
  • And of course, the Jamón Serrano the most expedited goodie to the Erasmus students or Spanish expats. A perfect match with a delicious snack of olives from Spain. Right?

Did you think you know Spain enough? Now you have even more information to perfectly fit as a local. Never a bad occasion to know about our favourite Spaniards!

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How to Marinate your Olives

May 16, 2018

We have already learned how to pit them and how to stuff them, but we missed how to marinate them!

Let us introduce you a new culinary concept which consists of enriching the packaged olives that you can find in any establishment, by original dressings.  And we do not mean the traditional dressings, we go a lot further mixing ingredients that range from the most classic such as capers, cheese or pepper, to even the most modern and rare ones like ginger, razor shell or salmon. Imagination has no limits!

And you would wonder, what makes olives a so versatile snack? Marinating, stuffing and seasoning the olives from Spain allow you to reach any palate, even the most difficult ones. The versatility of this snack and the endless possibilities of combination make them a pleasure for anybody.

No matter if you like more the fish, the meat or just vegetables. For the ones who prefer a fresh snack, a salty one, sweet or spicy. Olives are flexible and perfectly adaptable to your family, friends and guests. Here below a couple of examples to demonstrate the theory.

Travel with us to the Mediterranean to discover endless possible combinations of seasoning and marinating olives.

Gordal olives with anchovies

Flavor: hot spicy             Style: creative             Season: Spring          Preparation time: 5 minutes

Ingredients:

– Gordal olives from Spain – Natural orange juice

– Ginger powder – Sherry vinegar

– Mustard in grain – Marinated anchovies

– Extra virgin olive oil

Elaboration:

Open the olive and fill it with half anchovy. Make the vinaigrette mixing the rest of the ingredients in a bowl and then season the olives with it, finally serve them. Simple as that !

Advice: Serve accompanied by a very cold beer.

Best time: In a break in the workplace. Perfect for a fresh mid-morning snack before lunch.

 

Green olives with lime, chilli and smoked salmon

Flavor: hot spicy               Style: creative              Season: Spring          Preparation time: 5 minutes

Ingredients:

– Green olives from Spain – Smoked salmon

– Chilli – Lime

– Chives – Extra virgin olive oil

– Coarse salt

Elaboration:

Squeeze the juice from the lime and add it to a bowl with the olives from Spain. Add diced smoked salmon, chopped chives, chilli and extra virgin olive oil.

Mix and serve. Easy!

Advice: If we do not have chilli, we can substitute it for tabasco. Hot!

Best time: After a long walk on the beach or a dinner with friends.

 

Black olives with basil vinaigrette, pine nuts and fresh cheese

Flavor: sweet                   Style: elegant           Season: Summer           Preparation time: 5 minutes

Ingredients:

– Black olives Hojiblanca – Pine nuts

– Basil fresh – Extra virgin olive oil

– Vinegar – Salt

– Fresh cheese

Elaboration:

Heat the extra virgin olive oil together with the basil. Add the toasted pine nuts with the vinegar and salt. Finish it with a little more olive oil. For the presentation, place a piece of fresh cheese and on top black olives from Spain. Align with the vinaigrette and ready to enjoy.

Advice: It will be better if we crush a bit some of the pine nuts.

Best time: It can be taken as a starter or as a salad, the small ones of the house are going to love it!

 

Green olives with black pudding

Flavor: sweet                 Style: cheeky           Season: Autumn             Preparation time: 4 minutes

– Green olives from Spain – Smoked black pudding

– Apple cider – Onion

– Celery

Elaboration:

Heat the blood sausage a bit in a pan without cooking it too much and chop it into tiny pieces. Cut the onion into strips and mix it together with the sliced apple and the celery, chopped small. Mix everything with the green olives from Spain and your Spanish starter will be ready.

Best time: While preparing any dinner, to distract from hunger or as an original idea for a brunch with the family.

The results, of course, will be fabulous, ready to share and surprise your friends an family. High taste snack!

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Define Spring in 5 Escapades around Spain

May 22, 2018

Good weather, better attitude. Spring seems to bring us back to life. Back to the streets. If during the winter we did unveiled you a couple of charming towns to visit in Spain. Here below we will lead you to enjoy this Spring to the most, walking around these amazing little villages of Spain.

Valle del Jerte, Cáceres.
It is impossible that you have never heard of the wonderful and singular white mantle that is formed with the cherry blossoms of the Jerte Valley.
The course of the Jerte river offers wild landscapes such as the ‘Garganta del Infierno’ with abundant waterfalls, natural pools, riverside forests, oaks, olives and spaces of high ecological value.
More than a million and a half cherry trees dyeing white throughout the valley, amazing for the sight and the spirit.

Patios de Córdoba Festivity, Córdoba.
At the beginning of May, the “Patios de Córdoba” celebration takes place.
If there is a place where they know how to decorate their patios well, this is undoubtedly the city of Córdoba. Here the traditional white houses are stained with cheerful colors. Beautiful and delicate flowers that reach their fullness in spring leaving their aroma between the walls. But, from where this celebration comes from? Due to the dry and hot environment of Cordoba, the inhabitants of the city, first the Romans and later the Muslims, adapted the typology of the popular house to their needs, centring the house around a “patio”, which normally had a fountain in the centre.
Nowadays every year this festivity is celebrated and the most spectacular patio in the city wins a prize.
It is a perfect location to have a fresh snack of Olives from Spain on a warm Spring afternoon.

Natural Park of Sierra de Grazalema, Cádiz.
Another place full of the colorful nature in spring is the Natural Park of Sierra de Grazalema. Here the wild orchids are the queens of the landscape. And now, in May, it is when the majority flourishes. Spectacular landscapes that, according to the light of day, change their tone. A show of Nature.

Lavender fields of Brihuega, Guadalajara.
Known as “Jardín de la Alcarria”, Brihuega is home to one of the most important lavender plantations in Spain. And without a doubt the most spectacular. Its purple fields gain intensity with the light of the sun. Lavender floods everything.
And, voilà! Spring it is the best time to enjoy this natural spectacle.
After this magical view, why not to enjoy a night of tapas in Guadalajara town? Goat cheese with honey, lean pork with tomato, and even the popular meat pie from the Alcarria, but first, Olives from Spain.

Feria de Abril, Sevilla.
Flowers, spots, sevillanas and olives from Spain all around. The festival takes over the Andalucían capital during the month of April attracting thousands of visitors each year. Sevilla society parades around the town in mantillas in between the streets full with stalls, adorned with lanterns, for which horsemen and horse-drawn carriages circulate. If you really want to feel the city, do not miss this amazing opportunity. Unbeatable!


In all these places you can find the main varieties of Spanish olives: queen, hojiblanca and manzanilla. Another good reason to visit, don’t you think?