All posts tagged: olive oil

Mediterranean Västerbottensost Salad

I simply had to include Västerbottensost in a recipe after hearing the old wives tale about its start in life. As the story goes, it was made by accident in 1872 by Ulrika Eleonora in Sweden. She was distracted from her dairy maid duties by a lover, and when she returned, believed she had ruined the cheese. But it turned out she’d made this awesome stuff. How cool is that story? So I had a little think about what I could make that would reflect the magic that can sometimes come from forgotten-about foods, and what better fits that bill than croutons? You know the drill, you buy a loaf of posh bread for some occasion or another, it doesn’t all get finished and you leave it in the back of the cupboard where it goes undiscovered ’til the middle of the week. But all is not lost when it comes to stale ciabatta, bake them in the oven with some olive oil and they’re reincarnated as gourmet croutons. I thought that was a pretty good …

Vegan Rainbow Marinade Salad

If you’re a regular, you’ll know I recently announced that I am venturing in to six weeks of veganism after watching Vegucated. It’s a challenge that I’m wholeheartedly embracing not only for my body (and the animals of course) but also my brain, nothing could kick me vigorously in to learning more about plant based foods than making them the only thing I can eat. So in all my recipes for the next six weeks I’ll be including new things I’ve learned about ingredients and their health benefits, alongside killer tips for doing vegan. Speaking of, I have some questions for devout veganists, scroll right to the bottom of this post to go all Hermione on me. Quinoa is my new favourite thing, I think I discovered it on Oh She Glows, the blog that introduced me to the very concept of food blogging. Kind of boring alone, but unbeatable with a glug of good olive oil, a generous amount of garlic and a squeeze of lemon juice. I liked it before, but its about …

Rosemary & Garlic Focaccia – the calm before the feast

The Easter Bank Holiday weekend is, at last, upon us. As you all know, holidays bring family from far and wide which can mean only one thing – feast! I’m in charge of what gets put on the table this weekend so tonight has been a flurry of preparation and planning. Being super busy with working out how I’m going to fit in my entire menu tomorrow, I am sorry to admit I wasn’t brave enough to attempt creating my own recipe for focaccia, bread is an easy one to screw up. Luckily, inspiredtaste have a beautifully clear recipe over on their website which I followed to a ‘t’ and it came out just as I’d hoped! I needn’t copy out their recipe word for word, so if you want to make this easy and delicious (it really is good, I couldn’t help but try a little in advance..) focaccia, head over to inspiredtaste and let them show you how. I look forward to updating here tomorrow on my big Easter feast, watch this space! Thanks for …