We’re pretty rubbish in our house at all eating together. What with full time working, N eating at nursery, the OH coming in at any old time and me preferring to eat my main at lunch, we only religiously sit down together 3 nights a week unless the OH’s out harvesting trying to beat the rain.
We do eat mostly home cooked meals, and use good quality (usually British) ingredients where possible. But there’s certain ingredients that you have to buy from the source to get the best tastes. Olive oil is one of them and I’ve recently been introduced to Pomora.
Pomora is a startup company offering US and UK consumers the opportunity to adopt an olive tree in Italy. Then they are send the olive oil from that tree throughout the year. I love the idea – a bit like sponsoring a wild animal, but you get more back for your sponsorship, as well as helping independent growers in Italy. These growers get a fair living price for their oil, and a direct trading route, leading to more sustainable farming.
As so frequently mentioned, olive oil is a big part of the Mediterranean diet which appears to lower risks of heart disease, high blood pressure and stroke. So a good oil to be eating when you need to choose between them. I do use a variety of oils in cooking depending on what we’re eating – a variety of olive oils depending on the meal, rape seed and for more dessert items I might use a bit of coconut oil. But I do love the versatility of olive oils.
I don’t think you can beat an appetiser of bread, with balsamic and oil to dip the bread into. It’s got to be extra virgin olive oil for this, and the Pomora Olio Nuovo olive oil certainly tasted good on dipping in our Italian crackers from a local farm shop.
We love pasta in this house too, and I decided to cook a simple tricolore pasta dish using the Pomora olive oil as a light coating for the pasta rather than having a heavy sauce. Perfect for the warmer weather.
I simply cooked my pasta until al dente, chopped up some vine cherry tomatoes, and spring onion. Once the pasta was cooked, it was drained, a small swirl of olive oil was added to the pan of pasta to coat. Then squeeze over a little lemon juice, sprinkle in the spring onions and tomatoes. I also added some shredded Italian ham (parma or prosciutto is perfect). Dish up and add some parmesan (I didn’t have any so just used a little cheddar) and a twist of pepper. It was really delicious, and really light for a light summer lunch or dinner.
If you’re an olive oil fan, you can buy Pomora from their website. But I’ve also got a prize to giveaway, a 1 year adoption for one lucky reader worth $225. All you need to do is answer a question, then enter via the widget.
- UK entry only, over 18s
- Giveaway closes 11.59pm 21st May 2015
- Entries will be validated according to the rules of entry
- There is 1 prize of a 1 year Pomora adoption of an olive oil tree worth $225. There’s no cash equivalent.
- The data of anyone that enters won’t be passed on to any third parties or used for any unsolicited marketing communications.
- Winner will be randomly chosen, and will be shown on this post, with further notifications shared on social media.
- Winner will be notified via email, and will need to respond with their postal address within 3 weeks otherwise a further winner will be drawn.
- Prize will be sent out within 30 days, from the promoter, Pomora.
- This giveaway may be featured on Loquax, Prizefinder and Superlucky
Disclosure: We were sent a pack of Pomora olive oils for the purpose of review. All opinions and words are my own.