We love tasty food in this house, anything bland doesn’t really cut the mustard as we like food to have flavour. Olives Et Al recently sent us a selection of their produce for us to try and I can safely say I’m impressed. Very impressed!
Olives Et Al was set up back in 1993, even their story is romantic. They sell olives (obviously), nuts, sauces, relishes and marinades both through their website or they can be found stocked in various deli’s. You can find your nearest stockist by checking on their website. There are a few around the Newcastle area and luckily for me they are also stocked at National Trust Gibside and Wallington which we visit frequently anyway
I have a real love of sweet chilli sauces, I think it’s the sweet tooth in me. This relish is seriously more-ish and I’ve probably used a third of the jar in a week. It’s not got too much heat in it but there is a really lovely zing which brightens up pretty much anything it comes into contact with
My favourite use at the moment is using it to at a tasty zing to a mature cheddar sandwich, it takes the sandwich from boring lunch status to a wonderful treat. It’s also fabulous as a dipping sauce for fries.
Now I like my food to have a little kick to it and I’m not afraid of using chillies in my cooking but this Harissa Sauce has a really strong kick to it. Saying that it is absolutely delicious and I’m finding myself eating it all the time. The taste is both firey and aromatic so there is far more to this sauce than just heat. I’m finding myself dipping lumps of cheese in it every time I go into the fridge at the moment
It’s particular good when smeared onto grilled haloumi cheese or on fresh bread. At the moment we are having lots of salads and meze type meals and this is a staple on the table to add an extra kick. Not one for the children but MrB and I love it.
Described on their website as “Really addictive summery mix of peanuts, almonds & cashews all freshly kiln roasted and tumbled with Mexican jalapeno chipotle chillies and garlic and spices.”
These lasted all of half an hour once opened, both MrB and I devoured them. Seriously tasty and lovely to snack on. I certainly agree on the addictiveness of these, I could sit and eat them all day!
The nuts cost £4 for a 150g jar which is not something I’d spend on a regular purchase but as a one off treat or as a gift for somebody as part of a hamper it is reasonable.
The recipe for this dressing comes from the Cayman Islands apparently. It is a nice fresh, tangy dressing but for me it’s not quite as strong as I like. Maybe my taste buds have just been numbed a bit after the Harissa Sauce but I did find it quite hard to distinguish the taste of this dressing once actually mixed into a salad.
I think I’m a little in love with Olives Et Al right now, just browsing their website whilst writing this blog post is seriously making me hungry and I’ve seen about another dozen products that I’d love to try. I’m gutted I didn’t get sent any olives as we are all HUGE olive fans in this house. I will definitely be checking out more of their range in the future and without doubt I’ll have to replace the Harissa sauce when we finish it as I think I’m seriously addicted