Mussels cooked in green olives, serrano ham and white wine sauce

Recipe of the month

Is there anything better than seafood in July? Try Mussels Cooked in a Green Olive, Serrano Ham and White Wine Sauce – a dish to share with friends.

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Health & Wellbeing

Not only do olives taste delicious, but they also have excellent nutritional qualities, are easy to digest due to their high fibre content and contain plenty of minerals and nutrients.

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Discover Olives

Olives are one of the few foods of the world that naturally contain four basic flavours: bitter, sweet, salty and acidic. This makes them extremely versatile for cooking and creating powerful flavours in many dishes.

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Olives have a rich history

Dating as far back as the 1st millennium BC, olives have been widely cultivated across the Mediterranean, Africa and Asia Minor for thousands of years. Olives were also historically considered as a symbol of peace, wisdom and progress.

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Olive it! 2015 Catering Competition Final

The final of the 2015 Olive it! Catering College Competition was held at the Good Housekeeping Institute Dining Room in Soho, London on Wednesday 27 May. A wonderful evening was had as 8 student chefs battled it out to be crowned the olive champion.

During the live cook off, the eight finalists had just 3.5 hours to recreate their olive-inspired menus and present their final dishes to some of the most influential names in the industry, including the six judges; TV chef Omar Allibhoy, olive sector representative Ignacio Pérez, Lisa Jenkins of The Caterer, hospitality expert Joel Fagg, Maria Jose Sevilla, director of Foods and Wines from Spain, Spanish author and presenter and Urvashi Roe at The Botanical Baker blog and owner of the Library Café in Enfield.

The judges expressed their admiration for all of the finalists’ dishes and their innovative flair, saying that the level of expertise was remarkable, especially as the students were under extreme time pressure.

Congratulations to Kieran McGarrigle from Westminster Kingsway College on winning the title of the Olive it! 2015 student catering champion. He demonstrated the versatility and flavour of olives extremely well in all three of his courses. In joint second place were James McGrath and Louis Chisholm, both from the Colchester Institute.

A huge thanks to all our judges, and applause to all our finalists. They truly are the stars of tomorrow!

 

 

Olive cooking course with Omar Allibhoy

In December Olive it! headed to Bristol and hosted a once in a lifetime olive cooking course with celebrated Spanish chef, Omar Allibhoy.

The evening started with a welcoming glass of wine before Omar demonstrated how to make an unusual olive-based dessert: candied pitted olives and cherries in sweet sherry wine. The second dish showcased was a true winter warmer: queen olive-stuffed meatballs with tomato and olive sauce. Finally, the group had a go at making a coarse paté of mixed olives, manchego cheese and pistachios – perfect for festive nibbles.