Every Taste has a Story – Olives Et Al Review:
Nice things through the post are good! Sometimes just TOO good though…my Olives Et Al hamper is an excellent example.
It sat looking pretty in my kitchen for ages.
I gave a few to a friend to sample. Like most men, instead of having stuff open in his fridge – he was ready to go, so I got some immediate feedback. In fact I think he ate the nuts on the first day he was given them
Olives et Al Chilli Mixed Nuts:
The jar is packed full of nuts, from large cashews and almonds to smaller sunflower and pine seeds. The dry nuts infused with the chilli has a real heat. Beware the smaller sized nuts as they have the hottest taste.
Olives et Al Punchy Beetroot and Thyme Dressing:
This is a superb marinade for black olives. It adds a really deep fruity tang that brings out the flavours of the olives and turns them into moorish treats. A delight on a mixed salad too. It has the fragrance you would expect from thyme, but adds a deeper spice flavor from the beetroot that just fits so well with the fresh lettuce in the salad
Olives et Al Mojo Pink Grapefruit:
The mix of pink grapefruit and mustard seeds really adds that summertime zest to a salad mix, and its thickness makes it easy to pour over the salad without sinking to the bottom..
Then he asked me if he got the job and could have the rest of the hamper! Absolutely NOT. Though I do think Olives et Al jars make great gifts for food lovers. Most of them have won Good Taste awards and deservedly so. And, they are beautifully packaged so all you need to do is add a little wrapping paper and a card to have a perfect gift.
I enjoyed the Siena Rosemary and Chili Nuts and Seeds myself. I DID make them last for three days, but it was quite a struggle. Like the Smokey Chili nuts, they are incredibly moreish.
And I’ve been using the Lemon and Dill Dressing and Marinade for a week or so. It works really well to dress up oven baked cod or hake. Its perfect for a green leaf salad too. I tried some with rocket and parmesan and thought it stood up really well to the sort of thing you get in a restaurant.
The olives are always plump and fresh tasting – and unlike cheaper brands, they are stored in extra virgin olive oil. My tip is to save the oil for dressings and to cook with, which actually makes them very good value!
Now, I haven’t opened the Chilli Harrissa or the Dukkah. I know what both are for, I have some already (shhh… from other suppliers) and I don’t want to waste what I am anticipating will be fabulous and I’d rather they didn’t lose their flavour. When I DO open them, it will be because I’m ready to cook. Both of them are ingredients I rely on when I’m making a tagine, roasted Mediterranean vegetables or something similar.
Olives et Al are made in Dorset, free of artificial colouring, flavours or preservatives. It’s that attention to detail, recreating the unique flavours you or I might find on our holidays that make Olives Et Al products so distinctive. You can find them for sale in delis across the country and in food stores like Fortnum & Mason, Harrods, Del’Aziz and El Vino Co. with prices from £4.00 upward.
Disclaimer: I was sent this hamper of foods from Olives et Al free of charge. I was under no obligation to write a review and all opinions are my own.