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Posts tagged ‘Mediterranean diet’

Ask 7 Questions

You know the name of your favourite wine (or beer) of course. And surely you know what grapes it is made of. Likely you know who the winery proprietor is and even who the winemaker is. Some of you might even know a bit about the winery history and story. But your favourite olive oil? Hmmmm. Read more

Kids and Olive Oil

The health benefits of olive oil are well documented. Artisan Extra Virgin is chock full of anti-oxidants which are key to strengthening the immune system and protecting the body from the damaging effects of free-radical
molecules. EVOO is low in saturated fats and has no cholesterol. And among other things, it plays a part in reducing rates or risk of some types of cancer. These benefits are not exclusively for the adult population but of course also for children. Read more

5 Reasons to Buy Artisan.

Thomas Jefferson said “the olive tree is surely the richest gift from heaven” and along with wine and books, olive oil is a “necessity of life”. We couldn’t agree more. 200 years later, we are also sure that he would be rolling over in his grave if he could see what has happened to present day commercial olive oil.  It is not just that we have a romantic view of the past, in fact with advancements in technology, small batch Artisan produced oil has moved firmly into the future. And is still better. Much better. Here are 5  reasons why:

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Mediterranean Mondays: Crema di Cavolfiore

We had a long and luxurious summer this year in Italy that lasted well until the beginning of October. It seemed like summer would never end…. But it is official now, the coats and scarves have come out and it is Autumn with a capital A. That’s ok though because it also means it is officially soup season. Read more

Butter vs. EVOO: the final battle

Facts first.

Butter. [Creamy, sweet, delicate, wonderful butter]
According to USDA figures, one tablespoon of butter (14 grams) contains 100 kcal (all from fat) 11 grams of fat, of which 7 grams are saturated fat, and 31 mg of cholesterol. Butter is 63% saturated fat (+ the cholesterol) and for this reason is considered by some to be a contributor to health problems, especially heart disease. Read more

Mediterranean Monday: For the Joy of Tomatoes

We use them when we have to. When there is nothing else to eat. Tasting them and really enjoying them rarely enter the picture. And when paired with extra virgin olive oil, they transform into something that is pure Italian –  yes, ladies and gentleman, may I introduce you to the tomato. Read more

Mediterranean Monday: Pasta with Zucchini and Pine Nuts

Everyone I know in Canada that has a vegetable garden, grows Zucchini. And every year, each and every one of them will ask me: do you want some? I have soooo much!

Despite their prevalence in Canadian vegetable gardens, I have always thought that the Zucchini played an even bigger role in Italian cuisine. Read more

Olive Oil Gelato?

This week I am going to ask you to open your mind. I mean wide open. Now just a little bit wider. Okay, we are getting close.

When people come back from their Italian vacations, they can disagree on many things: where was the most romantic spot, which was the best bowl of pasta or who was the creepiest taxi driver. However, there is one thing they all agree on. The gelato. Read more

Bruschetta. Not just with tomatoes anymore…

It is summertime. Finally. And the heat has arrived, not complaining of course… but with the arrival of this kind of temperature, cooking big meals over the stove ends for me. Full stop. So….say hello to my good friend Bruschetta – and be sure to pronounce it right [brusˈketːa] so the Italians in the room don’t take offence. Read more

Mediterranean Monday: Cold Lentil Salad

For the last few weeks I have been craving lentils. A real deep lusty craving. And they say that when your body craves something, it is trying to tell you that you are lacking a particular nutrient, mineral or vitamin. So, since my craving didn’t involve something illegal or unhealthy… I thought I should listen. Read more