#MediterraneanMonday - Olive Recipes

The Mediterranean diet is widely considered the cleanest, healthiest and most balanced in the world. Rather than relying on faddy trends and unsustainable eating habits, the Mediterranean approach relies on the quality of natural products, seasonality and the freshness of ingredients. It promotes health from the inside out. 

Olives  

Olives are one of the most important ingredients in the Sicilian kitchen. They're a great source of vitamin E, iron, copper and calcium. Given their nutritious benefits, we've created a Mediterranean three-course meal with olives. 

Starter: Pinzimonio - Fresh Seasonal Vegetables served with an Olive Oil Dip 

Ingredients: 

80ml extra virgin olive oil 

salt and pepper

half a lemon 

fresh seasonal vegetables  

 

Method: 

1. Fill individual serving bowls with the olive oil. Add the lemon and grind in the salt and pepper. Add any additional spices of your choice and serve with the portions of fresh vegetables to dip in the seasoned oil. 

Main: Caponata 

 

Ingredients:

1kg aubergines

200g white olives 

500g tomatoes

400g celery 

50g capers

60g pine nuts

2 white onions

50g sugar 

300g vegetable oil 

extra virgin olive oil 

50g white vinegar 

 

Method:

1. Cut the aubergines into cubes, sprinkle them with salt and let them rest in a colander for at least an 1 hour in order to remove their bitter essence. 

2. Cut the celery into small cubes, put them in a pot with lightly salted boiling water, let the celery soften for 5 minutes. Drain and place the celery on a cotton cloth. 

3. Chop the onions and fry them with a little oil. Add the capers, the olives and the pine nuts and cook them for 10 minutes over medium heat. 

4. Cut the tomatoes into cubes and slowly add them into the pan with the onion for about 20 minutes. 

5. Sauté the celery in a pan with some extra virgin olive oil. Drain the aubergine, dry and fry in 300 grams of vegetable oil. Once fried, drain them and add them to the vegetable mix. Also add the celery, stir them over a medium heat for 3-4 minutes then add the vinegar and sugar. 

6. Let it deglaze. Serve the caponata with basil. 

 

Dessert: Olive Oil Cake 

 

Ingredients: 

3 eggs

1 1/2 cups milk

1 1/2 cups extra virgin olive oil

2 1/2 cups sugar

3 3/4 cups all-purpose flour

salt

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1 lemon

2 tsp fresh lemon juice

icing sugar to serve

Method:

1. Preheat the oven to 170C. In a large bowl, mix together the eggs and the sugar.

2. Add the oil, milk, lemon juice and zest and mix well. In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

3. Add this mixture to the eggs, and stir just until blended. Pour into the prepared pans.

4. Bake for about 50 minutes. Cool and remove from the pan. Dust the cake with icing sugar and serve with fresh fruit.

 

In the same way that eating olives promotes good health from the inside out, we also promote good skin from the outside in by applying Olive Oil topically. The following products contain Olive Oil:

Almond Cleansing Milk 

Hibiscus Night Cream 

Lavender & Rosemary Face Cream 

Aloe Vera Face Cream 

Prickly Pear Face Cream 

Orange Blossom Face Oil 

Rose Face Oil 

Hibiscus Serum 

Almond Face Scrub 

Lavender & Rosemary Face Mask 

Pistachio Face Mask 

Pomegranate Face Mask 

Vanilla Hand Cream 

White Wine Body Cream 

Prickly Pear Body Cream 

Rose Body Oil 

Orange Blossom Body Oil 

Arnica Body Oil

Blackcurrant Body Oil 

Pistachio Lip Balm 

Almond Eye Cream