There is nothing quite as nice a good Mediterranean lunch, good bread, cheese, fruit, you know the deal! And I am lucky enough to have added some liquid gold to my lunch and cooking this week.
A beautiful little parcel from the very wonderful farmers of Italy – a precious commodity – grown with love – their very beautiful cold pressed extra virgin olive oil. And not the usual blended stuff from the supermarket, but fresh off the tree, in a press and bottled, trust me it’s like nothing you’ve bought off a shelf!
I have to admit to being a little naive about oil in the past. I mean it’s just the stuff you use to cook with isn’t it? But I have learnt a lot in recent years! We are lucky enough to have friends and family who have summer homes with olive groves and they have brought oil home with them after the harvest. It was a real eye opener to me so see and taste the difference between Spanish and Italian oils. One a bright golden yellow with a very soft and buttery taste, one green and peppery. So when the nice people at Pomora offered to let us taste their product – we jumped at the chance! Not just to taste some excellent product, but because the ethos of supporting small independent traders, giving family farmers the chance to market themselves on a bigger scale. What’s not to like!
And so for this last week we have sampled and tasted the sunshine in a tin from Southern Italy! And oh my heavens it is gooooood!
We looked up the proper way to taste it – like wine tasters do and compared it to a supermarket brand to see just how different it was! The whole swirling in a glass,sipping and palette cleansing.
The supermarket brand was smooth, with a very mild after taste of pepper, in essence rather bland. Not a problem I guess if you just want to stop dinner sticking to the pan, but not a lot of use if you any flavour! The oil from Pomora was completely different, still soft in the mouth, but with a sharp peppery taste, and a warm buttery feel.
So we tried it in some cooking, a very simple pasta topping of red peppers, courgettes and mushrooms. With just a little parsley and basil, I found no need to add any other seasoning at all. The vegetables were crisp and fresh with their own flavours still intact but with the oil making a lovely back taste and support to them.
I am spoilt for shop bought oil now!
We were sent 3 tins of Pomora oil to review, however all opinions are our own.