Preparing for Christmas
Look to Casa de l’Oli for inspiration
This year seems to have flown by, with the nights drawing in and winter most definitely on its way. We’re sure many of you will be starting to prepare for Christmas – thinking about what presents to buy loved ones, and what culinary treats will tickle your taste buds over the festive period.
Our olive oils, mayonnaises and pastes, which are made with love from our own olives in northern Spain, can give a burst of new life to your tried and tested Christmas dinners. See below for some of our tasty tips for your festive feast this year:
And of course, our products make for great value gifts for food-loving friends and relations – our festively decorated jute bag complete with two bottles of olive oil is bound to be a winner with the chef in your life! All our gifts are available to view on our website.
A hive of activity during harvesting season
Before Christmas arrives, Tim will be heading to Catalonia to harvest our olives alongside friends and family. The grass has already been cut in preparation and the base of the olive trees has been cleaned ready for the nets to be laid.
During the harvesting, the olives are mechanically harvested using hand-held clackers which are driven by an air compressor on the back of a tractor. They fall into the nets and are then gently laid out in trailers and taken to a restored antique oil mill nearby. Traditional methods of cold pressing are employed, with the process taking around 24 hours for each batch of olives.
As harvesting only takes place once a year, it’s a really exciting and busy time for both the Casa de l’Oli team and the village in general – it’s all hands on deck to make sure the process goes smoothly. But of course it’s a very sociable time too, with everyone gathering together amidst the aromatic smells from the oil mill to share bread and cold meats, and of course some delicious local red wine!
We’re sure that this year’s oils will be as tasty as you’ve come to expect from Casa de l’Oli and we can’t wait to share them with you.
Tasty tips for Christmas
• Add a tablespoon of our smoked garlic oil to your stuffing mix – it will give this sometimes bland accompaniment an amazing new flavour which your guests are bound to lov
• Give your parsnips a kick by roasting them in our lemon oil, giving them a fabulous citrus zing
• Drizzle some of our award-winning orange oil over your warm chocolate log. It will taste heavenly, like Terry’s Chocolate Orange on a plate!
• And when the big day is over, give your cold turkey sandwiches a twist with some of our olive mayonnaises.
Do come and see us
Remember, you can buy any of our products on our website, or come and visit us at some of the exhibitions we’re attending over the next few weeks.
Tim and SImone