Tim is in Catalonia working on our land and olive trees. It is very hot there now, averaging around 33c which is great for the trees, though they will probably need a drink soon! They have now flowered and the new harvest is setting as we speak. Whilst he’s there, Tim will be repairing terrace walls and clearing the ground now all the spring flowers and grasses have died back in the heat. This is hugely important to limit the risk of fire to the trees.
When fire breaks out the result can be devastating. The day before he flew out to Spain, Tim received a call to say a wild fire was raging over the mountain behind us. When he arrived it had taken hold of some 1000 hectares and was only one hillside away from our finca.With our hearts in our mouths we were powerless to do anything to stop it. Fortunately for us, the wind direction was in our favour and the fire burnt its way down a valley just the other side. The Spanish firefighting teams – the bombers as they are called – use helicopters to drop water with limited success.The feeling of relief that we survived turned to sadness as we learnt that our neighbour had lost huge areas of his finca. Like anything in life; you hear of these things (started by a lightning strike) but never really think it will happen to you. It will take many years for the area to recover.
Showing Our Best Side
The following weekend we’ll be tantalising tastebuds at the Essex Food Show at Cressing Temple Barns on the 19th & 20th, and then off to RHS Tatton Park Flower Show. It’ll be our first time at Tatton Park, so we’re very excited.
All our events can be found our website under shows and events and we hope to meet up with one or all of you somewhere.
On a lighter note, summer is here and as I write this, it is a glorious day. Nothing epitomises summer like alfresco dining; lunches with friends, fresh fruits and summer salads all come to mind. Our oils and balsamic will give whatever you’re eating the feel good factor, as well as making it taste delicious.
Stuck for ideas? Try our tomato oil on toast for brunch with your scrambled eggs or mushrooms sautéed in our green chilli oil. For lunch, our citrus oils are so refreshing they bring out the best in any salad and when the outdoor grill is sizzling, all the meat or fish needs is a drizzle of our wild herb or garlic oil for a perfect barbeque.
Top these ideas with a little balsamic, from aged Spanish to lemongrass, apple or strawberry balsamic, these will add the perfect finishing touch to any meal. And don’t forget desserts too – our oils are so versatile you can even use them in your puddings. Try our delicious orange oil in a polenta cake or drizzled over warm chocolate muffins.
The benefits of olive oil have been widely reported, so you don’t need us to tell you that the Mediterranean diet is regarded as one of the healthiest in the world. Naturally free from cholesterol, trans-fats, salt, sugar, and gluten, olive oil is rich in monounsaturated fat (the good stuff).
In addition to that – our oils taste great! Pressed just once a year with fresh olives and fresh fruits or vegetables, they are full of fresh Mediterranean flavour which makes eating healthily a joy.