Olive Oil Vats. Ladoeiro, Idanha-a-Nova, Central Portugal

Olive pressing at the Lagar- Central Portugal

In Central Portugal it is olive picking season. Last week we helped several people in our community to pick their olives. This week, it was time to gather up our bounty and take the olives to the Lagar to be pressed. The behemoth and giant of olive oil production, Spain lives right next door to […]

Tractor ride with the olives!

Olive Picking in Portugal 

Olive picking starts early in Portugal, as the season begins in November. We have now picked olives in France, Portugal and Spain. Each experience has been very different. In France olives are raked with small hand combs into the nets below.  In Southern Spain olives aren’t picked until after Christmas, and generally involve tree shakers […]

Olive Harvest

  So the time has come to harvest our olives, exciting…and a little bit daunting!  It’s a serious business here in Granada, almost a way of life!  We are surrounded by olive trees in all directions and live approximately 20kms as the crow flies from Preigo De Cordoba; The ‘Mecca’ for Olive Oil.  An extra […]

Spanish Style Tomatoes for Breakfast- Pa amb Tomaquet

Spanish Style Tomatoes for Breakfast- Pa amb Tomaquet

Pa am Tomaquet is origionally a Catalan dish and has spread throughout Spain to the point where any breakfast establishment we have been to has Pan con Tomate or similar (Bread with tomato) on their breakfast (desayuno) menu.  We would see big slices of white toast being served with a small glass bowl of watery […]

Almond Pesto Recipe

Go Nuts! It’s Almond Pesto

Usually made with basil leaves and pine nuts, pesto is a simple but delicious combination of flavourful leaves, oily nuts, hard cheese, olive oil, garlic, salt and lemon juice; any ingredients meeting this description can produce a really versatile, delicious pesto. Basil, known as the king of herbs can easily be grown in a pot. […]

Food & Drink – Grow & Eat Your Own Produce

Food & Drink: Tea: Before we set off we cleared the shelves of all of the boxes of Decaf Ty-phoo from our local pound land, at £1 for 80 bags this is a bargain only 1.25 pence per bag.  We are using a Bodum teapot which gives us 4 cups of tea from one tea-bag, that’s […]