Extra virgin olive oil is not only for savoury dishes, but is a fantastic substitute for butter for baking!
130g light muscvado sugar
3 medium eggs
100ml extra virgin olive oil
zest and juice of 1 oragne
1 tips fresh rosemary, chopped
200g almond flour
1 tsp baking powder
pinch of sea salt
3 tbsps water
3 tbsps honey
1 whole grapefruit
1 whole orange
As the days begin to get warmer, here are some ideas for you for lighter, fresher meals:
Absolutely love to cook, but need to minimise time spent in the kitchen - both actually cooking and cleaning up. Here are some of my one tray dinner succeses - minimal preparation time, super healthy and only one tray to clean at the end of the process:
I can totally imagine the god Pan prancing about in my father's olive groves, playing a tune on his flute, urging the olive trees and flowers to awaken from their winter slumber, can't you?!
It has only been a week since I bought Joudie Kalla's Palestine on A Plate cookbook and I am absolutely obsessed. The first dish I made was the baked okra dish - the recipe calls for the juice of 6 lemons ("6 lemons?!" I thought, but I squeezed them and poured them in anyway)....the result....SUBLIME!
I have been searching for a while to stock herbs on Olive Tree London because herbs are essential to the Mediterranean diet, both for seasoning food and to drink as herbal infusions. It is with the greatest excitement that I discovered Evangelia, the founder of a small company called Daphnis and Chloe. Evangelia is a true herb hunter and has scoured the mountains of the Peloponnese, Macedonia, Crete and the many islands of the Aegean in search of the best herbs that Greece has to offer. Forget commercial varieties of oregano, thyme, sage, bay leaves - a whiff of these herbs and you will be transported, just like that, to the Mediterranean, where it is almost always sunny and windswept and always stunningly beautiful.
I just discovered this cookbook written by Alexandra Stratou in honour of Mrs. Loula, the family cook, who cooked for three generations of Alexandra's family. Aware that Mrs Loula wasn't going to live eternally and worried that the traditional recipes so long enjoyed by her family may be forgotten by later generations, Alexandra set out to preserve them in this book where Greek recipes are intertwined with the author's philosophy on food, love of family, seasonality of produce and tradition. A must have.
First book of 2017 I read. Jo Marchant discusses how western medicine and mindset often underestimate the power the mind has over the body. A positive outlook, exercise (particularly meditation / yoga), being surrounded by friends and loved ones, having meaning and purpose within society, all help to achieve a healthy long life.
As this new year begins, I offer you our freshly squeezed extra virgin olive oil which has just arrived from Greece and a few new products to nourish the body, and the above book, which I recommend you read, to nourish the mind.