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Spanish olive groves - simply stunning!

Spanish olive groves – simply stunning!

Phew. So, summer’s but a distant memory, Biggest is back to school and thriving in Year Two, Littlest has just started at preschool. Meanwhile I am running around like a mentalist between home and work, with so many things in my head, I sometimes fear it might *explode*. Whoever called managing a career and a family ‘juggling’ is insane. It’s not juggling. Juggling implies some element of fun – ‘Whoah there, you might drop a ball!’ What it sometimes just feels like is plain and simple coping. Am I coping? Some days better than others…

Something that recently perked me up, and reminded me of summer, was a delivery from Spanish olive oil merchant Fincalink – a website devoted to promoting the advantages of eating beautifully fresh olive oil, delivered directly from the growers, which are based all over Spain. Part of the Slow Food movement, their aim is to connect customers like you and me directly with producers, which I think is a great idea, particularly since I read that olive oil found on supermarket shelves is often blended with old olive oil and chemically adulterated. Urgh.

I love olive oil, and am a big fan of the Mediterranean way of eating in general, having lived in France for a while, way back when (I do tend to think it helps if you actually live in the Mediterranean – all that sun, blue sky and olive groves must be conducive to healthy eating, surely?!). Olive oil is an important part of this way of eating, and has been proven to actually be good for the mind as this recent study proves.

I tried the Señorío de Hinojales oil, which is described as their ‘star’ – it’s an award-winning olive oil – and I have to say, it is gorgeous. The colour is amazing, particularly when compared with bog-standard olive oil. It is fresh, green, fruity and has a well-balanced flavour with just a hint of pepper at the end. Totally delicious. I have been using it in dressings, on cooked vegetables, on top of soups, and the children have had it drizzled on pasta with Parmesan, and have also enjoyed just dipping bread into it (warning: can get messy).

Senorio di Hinojales

I love the ethos of what Fincalink is doing, and this olive oil is outstanding. They sell a range of olive oils, olives in jars, tapenades and even olive oil face and body products. So click on the link to buy olive oil, for information about Spanish olives and growers, and tasty Spanish recipes to try! Note that Fincalink is currently offering 20% off for all first-time orders!

One of my favourite recipes that calls for a good olive oil is from River Café Cook Book Easy – in fact nearly every recipe in the book ends with the line ‘Drizzle with olive oil’. It is ridiculously simple and so yummy:

Mozzarella Tomato

Toss together cherry tomatoes with olive oil and pieces of peeled garlic. Season and roast in a 200°C/Gas 6 oven for 15 minutes. Slice mozzarella into 1cm pieces. Toss rocket leaves with a good olive oil and lemon, place on bruschetta and tomatoes and slices of mozzarella. Drizzle with olive oil.



DISCLAIMER: I was sent the olive oil free of charge, to try. All the opinions on here are those of The One-Handed Cook.

It goes without saying that there are plenty of useful gadgets on the market for the one-handed cook, but if you’re anything like me, you probably don’t want more clutter in your kitchen. (So says the woman who discovered a Lego man in the dishwasher basket earlier.) When it comes to gadgets, therefore, it pays to work out which ones are actually worth having and which ones you can relegate to the bin. With this in mind, I’ve decided to regularly share my Hero Gadgets – the ones that actually work and that are essential for making a decent family meal (IMHO).

The first of these is the chef’n ez squeeze one-handed can opener, as pictured, which I bought in Sainsburys and can be purchased online here from  Divertimenti. It truly is a Hero Gadget in my view; you simply push the little button to open the thing, slot it on to the top of your tin, and then – with just one hand (yay!) – you squeeze the handles together, up and down, until your lid is practically off, at which point it sticks to the magnet and you lift off the whole thing. So simple. So pleasing. It works every time. And, to top it off, you can stick it in the dishwasher. (Surely the inventor must be a mum?!)

Tootle pip

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