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Apple Spiced Hot Toddy Recipe

By Liz Strauss
on September 18, 2020

Apple Spiced Hot Toddy Recipe

With our favorite holiday season right around the corner, we're preparing with this warm and cozy Apple Spiced Hot Toddy recipe! The combination of honey, cinnamon, brandy and our Mulled Cider Whole Fruit Vinegar creates the perfect fall evening.

Apple Spiced Hot Toddy Recipe

Recipe courtesy of The Olive Oil & Vinegar Lover's Cookbook by Emily Lycopolus

Ingredients

2 tsp honey
1 shot brandy
1 cinnamon stick
Apple Spiced Hot Toddy Recipe

Directions

Pour the honey, vinegar, and brandy in a large mug. Stir and combine ingredients. Top with almost boiling water and stir again to ensure the honey is melted. Add the cinnamon stick.

Giving this recipe a try? Enjoy a kickstart to cozy weather with 20% off all sizes of our Mulled Cider!

"Cooking Is A Way Into Mindfulness"

By Liz Strauss
on August 10, 2020

"Cooking Is A Way Into Mindfulness"

One thing we here at Port Plums are passionate about is cooking and the top-notch, authentic ingredients that build the true experience behind a meal. That’s why we partner with artisanal vendors that provide us with high quality and nurturing foods, such as Fork on a Road.

Fork on a Road

Fork on a Road was founded on the basis of eating local, fresh, and in season. “What happens when you do that is you’re buying something hyperlocal that is growing right around you and is seasonal…which means the food’s ability to nourish you is at its peak,” explains Suman Shah, founder of Fork on a Road. 

Suman Shah Fork on a Road

Suman Shah, Founder

Suman curates a unique selection of spice blends and meal kits that work together to bring the ultimate flavors to your taste buds. Some of her meal kits include the Five Lentil Dal and the Stone Fruit & Heirloom Tomato Tabouli. Examples of some of her spices are the turmeric blend called Grandma’s Gold, and the Chai Masala.

After hosting live cooking demos at farmers' markets and teaching cooking classes for a few years, her business quickly began to develop, as a high demand for her spice blends grew. Now, she hosts various cooking classes, offers an assortment of recipes that utilize her spices, and an online store to get an inside look at what’s included in her spice packs. Her spices are also featured in recipes such as one for Rhubarb Vinegar Chicken and Seared Scallops with Garam Masala Creamed Corn, both by Chef Jody Adams.

Five Lentil Dal

Five Lentil Dal with Greens

Cannellini Beans with Fennel & Basil

Cannellini Beans with Fennel & Basil

Whether she’s hosting a cooking class or selling her spices at a farmers market, the most exciting part of the job for Suman is showcasing what the local farmers are harvesting, and for good reason. “The food is so beautiful and so delicious, nutritious, fresh and vibrant,” she explains. When discussing her passion for cooking, she advocates for the mindfulness that comes along with it: “When you’re present and really doing it with love, that shines through when you present the final product.” 

Suman is now offering online cooking classes and is excited to announce there may be some new blends that will be coming in right before the holidays.
We don’t know about you, but we’ll sure be keeping an eye out!

Need some inspiration on where to start off? At Port Plums we offer one of Suman’s go-to spice blends, the Garam Masala, as well as a few of her meal kits that make your meals just that much tastier and easier to cook. The collection we offer will change and grow with the seasons. Be sure to try them out for yourself and hear your taste-buds ask for more!

Photos via Fork on a Road

Fishaye Trading Company

By Liz Strauss
on August 05, 2020

Fishaye Trading Company

Based out of Natick, MA, Fishaye Trading Company prepares wall art and various home goods that feature a unique art form known as Gyotaku. John F. Doherty, the artist and owner, puts his love of fishing to use as you’ve never seen before.

Fishaye Trading Company

via Fishaye Trading Company

Fishaye Trading Company

Nautical Driftwood Trays

Pronounced “Gyo (fish) -Taku (imaging)”, the process originates in Japan and dates back to the early 1800s. Initially used as a way for fishermen to record their catches, Gyotaku soon generated a following of those pleased by the prints’ visuals, including Doherty himself.
“I was taking fish off the deck of my boat and one of them had bled out of the gills. When I lifted it up there was an imprint of the fish,” Doherty told us.
“It was perfect!”

Fishaye Trading Company Fishaye Trading Company

via Fishaye Trading Company

As time passed, the artist found himself printing his self-caught fish onto products such as canvases, bowls, placemats, trays, and more to sell to his community and retailers, including here at Port Plums.
FishAye was one of the first company's carried at our store when we first opened, and the products continue to be well loved and admired by
our customers and staff alike.

Fishaye Trading Company Fishaye Trading Company

Nautical Vinyl Placemats (Top), Melamine Nautical Serving Trays (Bottom)

From going out and catching the fish, to selecting the paint, and actually eating the fish afterward, the authenticity behind the process brings life to each product.
He even marks each product with a Chinese character to correlate them with a mood unique to the day that fish was caught. “I thought those would be pretty cool because the whole process started in that part of the world,” he recalled when describing a previous boating trip he had taken around the world with his wife.
“If I caught a fish at night, I could use the character for ‘moon’.
Or, if the fish put up a really good fight, maybe I use ‘spirit.’”

The care behind each print make you appreciate the work just as much, which is why we’re proud to offer Doherty’s artwork here in-store and online!

Fishaye Trading Company

Whether it be for a friend, loved one, or even yourself, the exclusive artwork makes a meaningful gift for those who truly appreciate coastal living.
Come by our store and see his selection of trays and placemats for yourself!

 

 

 

 

 

Photos by Maggie Griffin (unless otherwise noted)

A Unique Take on Avocado Toast

By Liz Strauss
on July 13, 2020

A Unique Take on Avocado Toast

Avocado toast tends to be a crowd favorite, which is why we're here to recommend this unique take on such a dish. By adding in a few extra flavors, including that of one of our robust extra virgin olives, you'll have a new special place in your heart for avocado toast (and our olive oil!).
Avocado Toast Ingredients

Avocado Toast with Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Avocado Toast

Yields: 1

Ingredients

1 avocado
2 slices of bread of choice
1 garlic clove
Salt and pepper
Lemon juice
Finely chopped cilantro or parsley

Instructions

Slice the avocado in half and remove the seed.

Toast your bread of choice to your desired taste.

Lightly rub the surface of toast with the cut-side of the garlic clove.

Fork the avocado onto the toast's surface and mush until evenly spread.

Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Squeeze a bit of lemon juice, drizzle some olive oil, and top with cilantro or parsley.

Serve immediately.

Avocado Toast

Not only do we highly recommend putting this unique spin on your avocado toast, but also giving our other recipes a try that utilize our high-quality olive oils.
The options are limitless. Give us a visit to give our olive oils a taste!

 

Editor's Note:
Have an extra half of avocado that you're not quite ready to use yet?
Try these Food Huggers, a silicone cover that can keep that avocado
fresh and ready to eat!

Recipe courtesy of Spend with Pennies

Photos by Liz Strauss

The Ultimate 4th of July Recipe

By Liz Strauss
on July 01, 2020

The Ultimate 4th of July Recipe

The 4th of July is quickly approaching and we can’t wait to show you this Blueberry Tomato Caprese recipe courtesy of Freutcake. With the combination of red, white, and blue ingredients, as well as our robust extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar, this makes a perfect, last-minute addition to your celebration this weekend.

Blueberry Tomato Caprese

Blueberry Tomato CapreseBlueberry Tomato Caprese Dressing
Blueberry Tomato Caprese Ingredients
Yield: 4 

Ingredients

1 pint blueberries
2 pints cherry tomatoes
Fresh basil
Either our Blueberry, Lavender, or Italian Fig balsamic vinegar
Any of our Robust Extra Virgin Olive Oils
Salt and pepper
Mozzarella cheese
Blueberry Tomato Caprese Ingredients
Robust Olive Oil

Instructions

Rinse blueberries and cherry tomatoes and drain. Cut the cherry tomatoes in half and toss in a servings bowl along with the blueberries. Set aside.
Slice mozzarella cheese into ¼ or ½ inch slices and cut into the desired shape. Star shapes are strongly encouraged!
Top the tomatoes and blueberries with the cheese.
Tear fresh basil over-top and drizzle one of our robust extra virgin olive oils and either our Blueberry, Lavender, or Italian Fig Balsamic Vinegars on top.
Season with salt and pepper. Serve immediately.
Blueberry Tomato Caprese
Sounds delicious, doesn’t it? With our irresistible selection of olive oils and balsamic vinegars, the dressing options for this recipe are endless. Come take a look at our options in-store or place an order online for curbside pickup!
Photos by Liz Strauss

How to Macerate Fruit in Balsamic Vinegar

By Katie Shernan
on May 30, 2020

How to Macerate Fruit in Balsamic Vinegar

How to Macerate Fruit in Balsamic Vinegar

With just a few simple steps, fresh fruit is turned into a flavorful, saucy, sophisticated treat. Macerated fruit makes for a wonderful treat on its own, and even better when served with yogurt, ice cream, pound cake, crumbled biscotti and more. Easily control the sugar content to your taste or dietary needs.

 

A Few Suggestion Flavor Combinations: 

Strawberries – Chocolate di Torino, Tuscan Strawberry, Sicilian Lemon

Nectarines – Honeybell Orange, Raspberry, Peach

Mixed Berries – Cranberry Pear, Vanilla, Estilo Affinato

 

Here’s the gist:

  1. Pick some fresh fruit. Sliced strawberries are a popular for maceration but blueberries, blackberries, nectarines, peaches, cherries, and rhubarb are also great choices!
  2. Cut fruit into bite sized pieces. Sliced fruit will absorb the flavors of the maceration liquid better than intact fruit. Consider mashing a bit of fruit into your maceration liquid – especially if you are using berries exclusively.
  3. Choose your macerating liquid. Essentially, you are looking apply acid and sugar to the fruit in order to develop (soften) its texture and enhance flavor. Fruit liquors or even lemon juice and sugar may be used here but we love to use balsamic vinegar! Dark balsamic will provide a deeper, more syrupy flavor while white balsamics add a brighter, tangier flavor. You may choose to add some additional sugar, honey, or other sweetener but that is subject to taste.
  4. (Optional) Seasoning – Fresh herbs, black peppercorns, and bright citrus zest are just of a few of the many additional seasonings you can use the flavor your fruit if desired. But feel free to keep it simple and omit this extra step - the fruit will be delicious on its own!
  5. Steep Your Fruit. Allow the fruit to steep in the macerating liquid for at least 30 minutes or up to 24 hours. Macerating time will vary depending on the fruit you choose and its ripeness as well as your desired final texture. Softer/very ripe fruit will break down faster to create a soupier final product. For a firmer texture, choose firmer fruit and use a shorter steep time.

 

For more information on the science behind this process, check out: The Science of Maceration

 

Recipes

You do not need a recipe to make macerated fruit! Trust your taste buds and do a little experimentation. But here are a few recipes to serve as examples 😊

Yogurt Cups with Balsamic Macerated Strawberries

Balsamic Macerated Berries and Fruit

Grilled Pound Cake with Balsamic Strawberries and Marscapone Cream

Plum Cobbler Cake

By Katie Shernan
on May 13, 2020

Plum Cobbler Cake

Plum Cobbler Cake

Adapted from Original Plum Torte, originally published in the New York Times

 

This recipe is one of our new favorites! The texture of the cake is almost biscuit-like - similar to the top of a cobbler without the soggy bottom. Consider topping it with pecans or sliced almonds.

We reduced the sugar in this recipe (using the lesser ¾ cup from the recommended ¾ to 1 cup sugar) and skipped the sugary topping from the original recipe – opting instead to maintain a crispy, chewy edge. 

In the image shown, we mini versions of this cake using 5" spring form pans and a loaf pan with a parchment sling. Next, we’ll try this recipe with peaches and apples – especially this fall when we can get local and in-season fruit! It keeps well for 2-3 days on the counter wrapped in plastic or other food wrap, or for several months in the freezer.

 

1 hour, 15 minutes

Yield: 8 servings

 

3/4 cup sugar

½ cup unsalted butter, softened

1 cup unbleached flour, sifted

1 teaspoon baking powder

Pinch of salt

2 eggs

3-6 plums, cut into eighths (or quarters if small)

pecans or sliced almonds for topping (optional)

 

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cream the sugar and butter in a bowl. Add the flour, baking powder, salt and eggs and beat well.
  3. Spoon the batter into a springform pan of 8, 9 or 10 Place the plum slices on top of the batter.
  4. Bake approximately 1 hour. Remove and cool, refrigerate or freeze if desired. Serve at room temperature.

A Beginner's Guide to EVOO

By Liz Strauss
on March 28, 2020

A Beginner's Guide to EVOO

We are committed to providing your home with the ultimate Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) out there. Our oils are sourced from various countries around the world. With different olive varietals, we provide you with their crush date, area of origin, and a full chemical analysis of each Premium EVOO.

Intensities

Our EVOO even come with their own unique intensity in bitterness. More specifically, our oils range from a mild to robust intensity. While the mild EVOO’s offer a buttery and light peppery finish, a medium EVOO offers a more fruity flavor and peppery finish. The robust EVOO, on the other hand, offers a bold flavor and a peppery finish that gives that extra kick to your dish.
To learn about our EVOO’s smoke point (the temperature it begins to chemically break down at), click here.
Our Premium EVOO has gone through a series of chemical requirements, as well as a tasting panel. These requirements include the following:
  1. Be pressed within 6 hours of harvest
  2. Contain Much higher levels of antioxidants, particularly vitamin E
  3. Contain very low fatty acids

Not only do our EVOO's work great in marinades, sautéing, roasting and grilling, our oils are also known for their incredible health benefits

  1. Lower cholesterol levels
  2. Lower the risk of heart disease
  3. Help prevent cancer

Now that you know a bit about our EVOO, it’s time to see the oils work their magic! Between desserts, sauces, and entire entrées, there’s an endless number of opportunities for our oils. Check out these simple recipes to get started.

Olive Oil Cake

Recipe courtesy of America’s Test Kitchen

Photo by Charles Deluvio on Unsplash

Ingredients

1 ¾ cups (8 3/4 ounces) all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

¾ teaspoon salt

3 large eggs

1 ¼ cups (8 3/4 ounces) plus 2 tablespoons sugar

¼ teaspoon grated lemon zest

¾ cup extra-virgin olive oil

¾ cup milk 

Instructions

  1. Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 9-inch springform pan. Whisk flour, baking powder, and salt together in a bowl.
  2. Using a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, whip eggs on medium speed until foamy, about 1 minute. Add 1¼ cups sugar and lemon zest, increase speed to high, and whip until the mixture is a fluffy and pale yellow, about 3 minutes. Reduce speed to medium and, with mixer running, slowly pour in the oil. Mix until oil is fully incorporated, about 1 minute. Add half of the flour mixture and mix on low speed until incorporated, about 1 minute, scraping down bowl as needed. Add milk and mix until combined, about 30 seconds. Add remaining flour mixture and mix until just incorporated, about 1 minute, scraping down bowl as needed.
  3. Transfer batter to prepared pan; sprinkle remaining 2 tablespoons sugar over the entire surface. Bake until cake is deep golden brown and toothpick inserted in center comes out with few crumbs attached, 40 to 45 minutes. Transfer pan to wire rack and let cool for 15 minutes. Remove side of the pan and let the cake cool completely, about 1 1/2 hours. Cut into wedges and serve.

Spaghetti with Olive Oil, Chili, Garlic

Recipe courtesy of The Guardian

Photo by engin akyurt on Unsplash

Serves 4

400g spaghetti

200ml extra virgin olive oil

3 garlic cloves, finely chopped

1 red chilli, finely chopped

A large handful of flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped

Salt

Instructions

  1. Cook the spaghetti in plenty of boiling salted water until al dente.
  2. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a heavy-based frying pan over a low heat, and fry the garlic for 1-2 minutes, stirring with a wooden spoon to spread the flavor through the oil. Add 2 tbsp cooking water to the pan and stir in the chili and parsley. Season with salt and cook for 3 minutes, mixing occasionally.
  3. When the spaghetti is ready, drain it quickly so it is still rather wet and add it to the sauce. Gently toss to coat, then leave for a minute over a low heat before serving on hot plates. 

Like what you see? Give our blog a visit to view even more recipes!

Boost Your Health Naturally with Fire Cider

By Katie Shernan
on March 17, 2020

Boost Your Health Naturally with Fire Cider

Fire Cider is among the most popular products at Port Plums! Read on to learn about all this spicy, tangy tonic has to offer. 

This information comes from the Fire Cider website: https://firecider.com/

What is Fire Cider?

Fire Cider is a spicy, sweet, and tangy apple cider vinegar (ACV) tonic infused with roots, fruits, and spices. Health tonics restore, stimulate, or invigorate the body.

To the base of certified organic apple cider vinegar, we've added whole, raw, certified organic oranges, lemons, onions, ginger, horseradish, habañero pepper, garlic, and turmeric. Everything you’d find in a grocery store!

These ingredients have immunity-boosting, antibacterial, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory properties. They also have the potential to boost metabolism and energy, ease sinus congestion, lower blood sugar, curb cravings, and aid digestion. It’s also certified organic and gluten-free!  

How to take it:

We like to drink ½ to 1 tablespoon straight up every day to keep us hale, hearty, and energized.

Fire Cider is just as tasty when mixed with seltzer, fruit juice, or tea. Many of our customers make a delicious salad dressing with our tonic, olive or coconut oil, Dijon mustard, salt, pepper, and herbs. Fire Cider is also great on cooked greens, and as a marinade for meat, seafood, and tempeh. Add some to your bone broth for a nutritional boost – the vinegar will help pull nutrients out of the roasted bones!

How to store it:

Fire Cider’s main ingredients are apple cider vinegar and honey, two of nature’s greatest preservatives. This means our tonics are shelf stable and don’t need to be refrigerated. We keep our bottle tightly capped in a cool, dry, easy-to-reach spot in the kitchen.

 

Ingredient Breakdown:

APPLE CIDER VINEGAR

Ancient apples were often too small or bitter to eat raw, but when pressed, their juices could be fermented into hard cider. Today, the same processes are still used. Apples are pressed, yeast and bacteria are added, and the alcoholic fermentation process begins where the sugars are converted to alcohol.

Then a second fermentation process happens. An acetic acid-forming bacteria is introduced and the alcohol transforms into vinegar. Acetic and malic acid are responsible for the recognizable sour taste of vinegar. Never heat-treated or filtered, our apple cider vinegar base is raw and living, still containing the living Acetobacter colonies.

  • Contains the Mother - a living colony comprised of strands of proteins, beneficial enzymes, and friendly bacteria
  • High in acetic acid

RAW HONEY

With powerful antioxidant and antibacterial properties, our raw honey is organic, Fair Trade-certified and collected in regions using ancient, sustainable practices that help to support the local farmers and their communities.

Original Blend Fire Cider uses a multi-floral honey from the Calakmul rainforests of the Yucatan in Mexico. The bees get to live their lives in and amongst ancient Mayan ruins protected from logging and deforestation threats.

Honey-Free Fire Cider does not contain this ingredient

HABANERO

Originating in the Amazon, habanero peppers and been in use for over 8,000 years. They are a mainstay in many of the dishes of the Yucatan and have been found at archeological sites spreading throughout South and Central America, from Peru to Mexico. They bring the heat and a surprising, underlying citrus flavor that works so well with the oranges and lemons in our recipe.

  • Capsaicin acts as a digestive aid
  • Capsaicin is a powerfully alkaline phytochemical

ORANGE

Oranges originated in China and arrived with traders to the Mediterranean around the year 1500. They have become the most cultivated fruit tree in the world! The oranges we know and love today are the result of cross-breeding a pomelo and a mandarin, and they make up about 70% of the citrus grown worldwide. The entire fruit (peel, pith and juice!) is used in our recipe for maximum benefit. It adds a bright, unexpected sweetness.

  • Pith and peel are full of phytonutrients
  • Loaded with over 60 flavonoids

TURMERIC

A staple in the Ayurvedic and Chinese medicinal traditions and many Asian cuisines, turmeric has also been used as a fabric and food dye for hundreds of years. It’s long been known for its anti-inflammatory benefits. Turmeric brings a pungent bitterness with a warm, black pepper-like flavor and earthy, mustard-like aroma, as well as a vibrant color to our recipe.

  • Excellent source of vitamin B6 and zinc
  • Full of powerful curcumin

GINGER

Ginger was one of the first spices exported from Asia. This hot and fragrant rhizome was traveling around the islands of the Pacific as Europe was first being settled. Fresh ginger, redolent with natural oils like gingerol, is added to our recipe, skin and all. Ginger also has a warming effect on the body, so it’s not just the burn of the habaneros raising your temperature.

  • Packed with vitamins and nutrients, like: iron, vitamin C, potassium, vitamin B6, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, folate, niacin, riboflavin, gingerols, beta-carotene, capsaicin, caffeic acid, curcumin and salicylate
  • Powerful digestive aid

LEMON

Introduced to Italy 2,000 years ago from its origin in northeast India, the lemon may be the most unlikely of popular fruits. .It’s sour and bitter, and is not a fruit often enjoyed on its own, but it brings so much flavor to a culinary party. The lemon is another whole fruit in our recipe. From the oil in the zest to the tangeretin in the peel, every part is here for the benefit it brings to the flavor party. That zing ain’t just from the vinegar!

  • High in vitamin C, which is necessary to produce collagen
  • Vitamin C maximizes the body's ability to absorb iron

BLACK PEPPER

Those little kernels we love to grind onto our food are actually the dried fruits from a flowering vine native to Southwestern India. Green peppercorns are the fruit before it ripens, and white peppercorns are the fruit's seeds. Black pepper is the world’s most traded spice. A little goes a long way! A very small amount of whole peppercorns steep in our recipe to support the benefits of turmeric and for the added flavor.

  • The piperine in black pepper makes the curcumin in turmeric more bioavailable to your body
  • Rich in vitamins and minerals

GARLIC

Garlic is a fundamental flavor component in many of the world’s best-known cuisines, and the plant is almost 100% edible. Crushed garlic is a natural adhesive, so in a pinch it can be used as a temporary glue for glass or paper! Raw and whole, skin and all, the garlic in our recipe adds a pungent bite and helps support the bold notes of the horseradish in balancing out the flavor.

  • Full of powerfully beneficial allicin
  • Packed with potassium, iron, calcium, magnesium, manganese, zinc, selenium, beta-carotene

HORSERADISH

Horseradish is revered for its strong smell and bitterly pleasant flavor. It has been cultivated as far back as ancient Greece, where its worth was equivalent to gold. There are records of George Washington having grown it at Mt. Vernon, as it was a well-known condiment served with meat in European cultures. Fresh horseradish helps to balance out many of the sweet components of our recipe and adds an earthy undertone.

  • The isothiocyanate compound is a powerful nasal decongestant
  • Excellent source of vitamin C and folate

ONION

Onions were a favorite crop in ancient Rome, and evidence of onion gardens has been uncovered at Pompeii. Onions have been cultivated the world over, from China to the Americas, for more than 7,000 years. Sharp, spicy, and pungent, onions are nutrient dense and full of organosulfur compounds, folate, and vitamin C. If your eyes are stinging just a bit after your morning shot, you can bet it was the onions as much as the habaneros.

  • Great source of quercetin
  • The phytochemicals present in onions act as stimulants for vitamin C

Cooking With Mint Olive Oil

By Liz Strauss
on February 28, 2020

Cooking With Mint Olive Oil



After simultaneously crushing olives and mint leaves using traditional granite millstones in Italy, our Mint Olive Oil provides a deliciously fresh flavor.
That's why we suggest trying our Mint Olive Oil in some recipes
you may already be making!
Whether you’re planning your St. Patrick’s Day party, thinking ahead for Easter,
or just want to try something new, these three recipes provide the most unique take on your favorite dessert or dish.
 
Recipe inspiration from The Olive Oil and Vinegar Lover's Cookbook 
by Emily Lycopolus
 

Mint Dark Chocolate Brownies 

Looking to put a spin on your everyday-brownie? How about mint chocolate?
We thought so.

Ingredients:
1/2 cup Mint olive oil
1 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
2 tsp Dark Chocolate dark balsamic vinegar
3/4 cup Dutch-process cocoa powder
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp fine sea salt
 
Instructions:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Line an 8- x 8-inch baking pan with parchment paper. 
In a large mixing bowl, use a wooden spoon to combine the olive oil with the sugar. Add the eggs and balsamic and stir just until blended. Sift the cocoa, flour, and baking powder, and salt into the oil/sugar mixture. Be careful not to overmix and beat in too much air – otherwise, they’ll turn out too dense and be more like cake than brownies.
(Optional: Mix in your desired amount of chocolate chips)
Pour the mixture into the prepared pan and bake for 20 minutes, or until the brownie just starts to pull away from the sides of the pan.
Cool completely in the pan before cutting. 
 

Mint & Lavender Lamb Chops

The mixture of mint and lavender is perfect for this time of the year.
Why not give one of the simplest, yet most impressive dishes a try and show off to your family and friends. You'll thank us later!  

Ingredients:
2 garlic cloves minced
2 Tbsp Mint olive oil
2 Tbsp Lavender dark balsamic vinegar
1 tsp grainy Dijon mustard
4 (1/2 – 3/4 lb each) frenched lamb chops
2 Tbsp finely chopped mint leaves, divided
 
Instructions:
In a small bowl, whisk together the garlic, olive oil, balsamic, and Dijon.
Place the lamb in a shallow dish and drizzle with the marinade, turning to coat both sides. Place 1 Tbsp of the mint leaves on top. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge for 4 hours, or up to overnight.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. 
Bake the chops, uncovered, for about 20 minutes,
turning halfway through cooking time. 
Sprinkle with the remaining mint before serving.

 

Mint Tzatziki

You probably didn't know you needed this, but try replacing the mayo on your sandwich with this tzatziki. Other ideas are to dip your roasted potatoes in it or pair with your lamb burger for Easter Lunch.

Ingredients:

1 English cucumber
2 tsp sea salt
2 garlic cloves
1/4 cup chopped fresh dill, plus a sprig of dill for garnish
1 Tbsp chopped mint leaves
2 Tbsp Mint Olive Oil
1 1/2 cups Greek Yogurt
2 Tbsp Sicilian Lemon White Balsamic Vinegar
2 Tbsp lemon juice

 

Instructions:

Peel the cucumber, slice it lengthwise, and scrape out the seeds. Grate it into a fine-mesh sieve lined with cheesecloth and set over a bowl.

Add the sea salt, toss well, and let drain at room temperature for at least 1 hour, or overnight in the fridge. Squeeze the cucumber really well to get out as much water as possible. (You can pop a weight on top of the cucumber if you'd like.)

Mince the garlic, then use a mortar and pestle to mash it to a fine paste.
Mix the dill and mint with the garlic, gently mashing them together.

Scoop this mixture into a mixing bowl. Add the drained cucumber and olive oil and mix to combine. Stir in the yogurt, balsamic, and lemon juice.
Season to taste with salt. Garnish with a sprig of dill before serving.
Serve with pita chips, crackers, sliced cucumbers, or use as a condiment!

(Note for leftovers: This will keep for 2 days in the fridge in an airtight container!)

 

 

And there you have it!
 Mint Olive Oil works wonders in some of our everyday foods.
Enjoy your new favorite recipes and let us know how you like them in the comments below!

 

 

Pictures for illustration purposes only; actual recipe results may vary.

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