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Autumnal News!

Preparing for this year’s harvest!

Tim is heading home after five weeks in Catalonia working on our olive grove. After a hot dry summer with cloudless skies, the temperate is still in the eighties. We could desperately do with some gentle rain. Tim has been clearing the land ready to start harvesting in early November. Cutting back the dead grasses from the spring, removing the suckers from the base of the trees, and giving the trees a drink. This should just be enough to stop the olives from ripening too quickly and allow them to convert those last juices into olive oil in the autumnal sunshine.

As always, Tim’s passion for the area where we farm, and the wild life around him is uppermost in our conversations on the telephone. He has spoken about how lovely it is to see our black redstarts back around the old house. He has also seen a hoopoe, and a pair of crag martins. They over winter in the area, but he hadn’t seen any about for a few years.

We farm without the use of herbicides or insecticides, so do our best to preserve the environment around us.

Looking forward to a busy autumn…

Whilst Tim has been away catching all the rays, I haven’t had many here in Suffolk!   I have been here preparing for our events taking place in October and November.

Next weekend, we will be at Sevenoaks School for the Craft in Focus Fair  from October 20 to 22. Tim then heads back to Catalonia to start harvesting.  We hope to have some of this years ‘early pressing’ here by mid December! This will be beautiful oil, naturally cloudy, thick and fruity.

I will be at the Wimpole Estate Christmas Fair the weekend of the 11 to 12 November.

Mid November will be a hectic time for us, as we’ll be at the Wealden Times Winter Fair at The Hop Farm, Paddock Wood from November 16 to 18. Then it’s the Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fair from November 23 to 26.  These are both new events for us so do hunt us out if you can come along. Later in the month, we’ll be exhibiting at the BBC Good Food Show Winter at the NEC in Birmingham from November 30 to 3 December, a week later than normal. If you need more information, click here for our event schedule.

You’ll be able to buy our products at any of these events – we hope to see you at one of our stands this autumn! Of course, if you can’t make it to any of these exhibitions, you can always buy online at www.casadeloli.com or you can call us on 01394 448600 to make a purchase.

 

Ideal stocking fillers 

If you’re looking to give your loved ones something a bit different this Christmas, why not look to Casa de l’Oli for inspiration?

We have a really fantastic range of extra virgin olive oilsbalsamic vinegars and olive mayonnaises and pastes – something for every palate! Our black olive mayonnaise won 2 Gold Stars at this year’s Great Taste Awards 2017.

To make your present even more special, you can select one of our hand decorated gift bags. Choose from single or double bags adding your favourite oils, which will then be carefully packed in wood straw to add a beautiful finishing touch.
Look forward to seeing you soon!
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Springtime on the Finca and The Return of A Popular Favorite!

Yes, Summer is around the corner… or so we are promised!  As I sit here is Suffolk in early June we have yet another day of grey skies but the weather lady told us yesterday this time next week it will be 28 degrees! Just to see the sun will be wonderful. And with it, the enjoyment of barbeques, salads, alfresco dining…
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Tim has spent quite a time is Catalonia this Spring on our finca – here’s his news!

I spent quite a time in Spain this Spring with two main projects to accomplish; firstly, pruning the last of the trees we have been cropping over the last 4 years as well as seriously prune and clear the largest of the final two terraces that have not been picked for several years.

The other project was to re-spray my classic Renault 4 van with a view to getting our Casa de l’Oli logo sprayed onto after my return to Suffolk.

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Well, objective number one was really successful. With practice I am getting better at pruning!  By the time I left in early May, the first trees that had been pruned in February and late March had begun to respond perfectly.   Lots of healthy new growth was appearing on the outer branches which I had thinned.  I had noted the trees put out much more growth off newer branches, so anything old and brittle got the chop.

The lower terrace was just hit hard with the chainsaw. I am giving up trying to harvest off large trees with their branches high in the sky. It’s much easier if the fruit is lower down (Plus, you get fewer olives driven into your eyes and down your neck.)

As I had cut off some big branches, I now have a lot of firewood to process! The trees recover rapidly, but it will be important to thin the new buds later this year, otherwise one gets a real thicket of branches where you have previously cut.

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When it got ’round to respraying the van however, there were a few snafus. The storage container I use as a garage turned out to be too dark and narrow to spray paint a van.  I couldn’t really see what I was doing, so either I put too much paint on and it caused runs, or not enough and it didn’t flow correctly and left patches of matt finish. Outside, it was either windy or threatening to rain, so again not ideal conditions for the job! Then the neighbour decided to cut his olive grove with a flail mower on the morning I began to give the van its finishing coat of lacquer.  I couldn’t understand at first why it was getting covered in little black bits, until I realised the wind was blowing the debris off his finca. Then as it got warmer so the insects came out, and with the van being sunshine yellow, you can imagine the problems I had there.

Well it’s back in the UK now, but I still need to get the surface smooth and glossy before it gets emblazoned with the Casa de l’Oli logo. Hopefully the forces that be will cooperate!

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Now Tim is back home, we are preparing for the events we have booked in June and July.  We will be at the BBC Summer Good Food Show as always from the 16th to the 19th June. A wonderful event in conjunction with Gardeners World. Then in July The Tendring Hundred Show, Clare Priory Charity weekend, and the Essex Festival of Food  and Drink. They all promise to be great days out for the family with some real treats in store. We’d love to see you!

LíráH Caramelized Balsamics are back!

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We are really pleased to announce our fantastic caramelized balsamic range will all be back in stock from June 19th! We are thrilled to offer these amazing products along with our own – LíráH is likewise, a small family business who is Passionate about Vinegar . Their website offers great information about their award-winning balsamics and they are committed to raising  awareness of, and education about, this ancient and versatile ingredient.
Available in Classic, Lemongrass, Fig and Apple. Many of you have asked us for these and we are happy the wait to get them to you is over! Perfect when drizzled and combined with our oils for salads, sautéing, desserts and more!

Here’s a recipe we’ve adapted from LíráH – we think our Ginger oil will provide the perfectly fresh and savory bite to this dish!

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The Casa de l’Oli Recipe Collection [Contributors Welcomed!]

Casa de l’Oli’s oils are perfect for creating meals and snacks with that next level, mouth-watering richness and depth of flavour. Our flavoured oils also provide masterful meals with a fraction of the effort! Our custom-flavoured olive oils are produced by including the freshest of ingredients along with our olives at the time of pressing. This creates an unsurpassed and dynamic flavour that is truly distinct to our oils. Using our flavoured oils provides fantastic shortcuts and the benefit of using fewer ingredients in your favourite recipes by already having the desired flavouring result!  We encourage you to try experimenting and replace certain recipe ingredients with those with the same flavour as our pressed oils. Time and effort is reduced, flavour, health and enjoyment increased!

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Building a collection of recipes that justify the incomparable quality of our oils will be an on-going effort!  We will be drawing inspiration from our Catalonian neighbours and farmer associates, our travels and adventures, as well as our dear customers and olive oil advocates around the world. We hope to create a collection of staple, no-fail beloved recipes along with some adventurous dishes and uses for our products that your whole family will love.

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Our sincere hope is to provide simple and effortlessly masterful culinary delights for anyone to attempt and enjoy! Do you have a favourite use for our oils and other products? We would be delighted to hear your experiences, suggestions and recipes and feature them in our collection!

Visit the Recipe Collection

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They’re Here!! [Freshest Olive Oils in the UK]

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All sizes and flavors are back in stock. Order now to taste some of the freshest and most exquisite oils in the UK!


NEW PRODUCTS! Catalan Wild Flower Honey!
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We’re so thrilled to offer two new natural local honeys! The first is called  “Mille Fleur” or Thousand Flower Honey featuring a classic but intense floral flavour brought about by the large variety of flowers found in our local Sierra Mountains that run down behind the Costa Dorada. 
The second honey is from the Pyrenees where the honey is derived from purely Alpine flowers. Again this provides an intensely floral honey, distinctive in its flavour.

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We are SO disappointed to announce the news that our new Passionfruit Oil did not make it to our shores this season.

Our pressed flavor oils are a delicately balanced timing act! This season we ran out of olives and also unable to source enough fresh passionfruit to create this exciting oil.

We are terribly disappointed but will not be deterred! We will most certainly try again next harvest nearer the end of the year!

In the meantime, we still have a great deal of delicious new oils to looks forward to very soon!

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