Have you ever attended an olive oil tasting? Whether you are a foodie who likes to cook or likes to eat, if you ever have an opportunity to learn about olive oil, you should jump at it! Last Saturday Mary/California Greek Girl and I held our first event to celebrate our eBook, Cooking Techniques with Olive Oil. It was held at the Solana Beach store of Temecula Olive Oil, where they hold olive oil tastings every day. Mary and I were so blessed to have so many friends and family members come out to support us. It really is a humbling experience to see my kids’ teachers, Mary’s high school friends and everyone else who went out of their way to stop by, even for a ten minute visit.
Our iPads were charged and displayed our ebook. Temecula Olive Oil had a table set up with their olives and olive spread to sample. Mary and I cooked and prepared olive oil treats using a few of Temecula Olive Oil’s delicious infused extra virgin olive oils:
Poached Baby Heirloom Tomatoes poached in basil olive oil
Greek Spanokopita baked with a classic olive blend
Sugar Cookies sans butter and baked with blood orange olive oil
Honey and Mint Lemonade topped with finger lime jewels and lemon olive oil
With over a dozen olive oil flavors to sample, including other flavors like roasted garlic, jalapeño and hickory smoked olive oil, our guests were basking in “olive” the goodies to sample. Kids snuck back and took second and third helpings of the sugar cookies. Friends were pleasantly surprised with the olive oil topped lemonade. Mary’s spano was inhaled every time the tray was reloaded. The baby heirlooms were sweet and amazing.
The four hours flew by fast! But most importantly, we taught everyone about olive oil, extra virgin olive oil, that is, and it’s many, MANY uses.
Don’t be surprised when you start seeing flavored olive oils in your cocktails. It really does enhance the flavors and smooth out the drink. My original recipe was a Finger Lime Kamikaze Shots with Mint and Olive Oil. But because we were hosting a public event, we omitted the booze. You can do the same and use lemonade. The shot glasses keep the olive oil consumption to a minimum. When you are using high quality oils, very little goes a long way flavor-wise.
Ever heard of finger limes? These little limes are totally hot right now, considered the caviar of citrus. Cut one in half and squeeze out these delicious beads of lime. My kids suck them up straight. Drop them in your water, top your salad, or garnish your cocktail. They are totally fun to work with and eat. For a little crunch, I also added some mint herb crystals. Oh yeah, this is a real fun drink full of surprises!
Special thanks to our local foodie friends who came to visit our event: Kathy Strahs/Panini Happy, Abby Lili/Baby Bird Farm, Barbara Feldman/Surf Net Kids and Stephanie Weaver/Recipe Renovator. You ladies ROCK!
Disclosure: Frieda’s Produce was kind enough to send me these finger limes to enjoy. I met the folks at Fresh Origins at a produce show where they gave me samples of their mini herb crystals. I was not compensated in any way to write this post. If I didn’t like it, I wouldn’t blog about it!