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.

recipe ingredients using 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.

bread crisps and Pomora dips

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.

Pomora olive oil - spaghetti recipe

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.

mediterranean tricolore spaghetti

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.

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Disclosure: We were given a subscription to Pomora for the purpose of review.  All opinions and words are my own.

228 Comments

  1. Victoria Prince

    Tuna Bake – some olive oil over the top of the cheese and then browned under the grill….yum!

  2. kim styles

    Grilled chicken with homemade hot bread, feta and beef tomato and basil salad!

  3. I literally use it in the pan for everything I cook, but I also like drizzling it over Mediterranean vegetables before putting them in the oven.

  4. Jon Penner

    Tomato bruschetta with olive oil, basil and balsamic

  5. Plain pasta with olive oil for my kids as they dont like any sauces or toppings

  6. Eva Appleby

    salad with an olive oil and balsamic vinegar dressing.

  7. claire matthews-curtis

    I use olive oil in alot of cooking but a family favourite in our house is lime chicken. Brilliant prize X

  8. Purmala Shrestha

    I like to make salad dressings, Spaghetti, Pasta ,and gratin a french food with olive oils .

  9. pauline black

    Pasta with oil, garlic and chilli and also my roast potatoes yum!

  10. Anna Pritchard

    Homemade pesto with pasta with cherry tomatoes always goes down well not just with my children but a winner with playdates too.

  11. Stev Rigby

    Spaghetti with olive oil, chilli and garlic

  12. Kerry Kilmister

    Pasta coated in olive oil with vine cherry tomatoes, basil and spring onions – simple but so delicious.

  13. Hannah Smith

    I cook pasta, coat in olive oil and then serve with some mackerel, tomatoes, peppers and cheese.

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  14. Ali Thorpe

    Homemade pesto sauce. I use olive oil in salad dressings and generally to cook with too.

  15. I use it in most recipes! Love it for Risotto perfect every time x

  16. Lyndsey Beckford

    I use olive oil for all my cooking but i especially like making my garam masala potato wedges 🙂

  17. Nicola Holland

    Sundried tomato, feta and olive oil salad

  18. Francesca Harrod

    Fresh pasta with salt, pepper and olive oil 🙂

  19. Claire Reeves

    Tabboulah, salad, slow roast tomatoes with garlic. MMmmmmmmmm!

  20. Angela Paull

    I cook my Roast Potatoes in Olive Oil 🙂

  21. Chris Fletcher

    I love spaghetti alla vongole – great when you can get some fresh clams

  22. Eve Burke

    I love olive oil on Mediterranean chicken with orange

  23. Yvonne P

    My Summer dish is crab linguine made with a chilli olive oil – tastes just as good with tinned crab and only takes a few minutes!

  24. Kelly Hooper

    roast potatoes, they really do give them such a lovely flavour that you don’t get with vegetable oil.

  25. simon hardy

    I just love adding different herbs and spices to olive oil and using it as a dip for bread alongside a nice Italian cold meat platter!

  26. My homemade salad dressing with olive oil and balsamico vinegar, herbs, mustard and other spices

  27. jo liddement

    I love making my own homemade focaccia bread with lots of olive oil drizzled on top

  28. Helen Craigs

    Roast courgettes, peppers and red onion with olive oil and balsamic vinegar – divine!

  29. Amanda Norwood

    Roasted vegetables with lots of garlic and herbs

  30. Sarah Franks

    This is such a fantastic idea!!

    Okay, what don’t we use olive oil in would probably be a quicker question for me to answer – I love mediterranean food, so I use it all the time!

    But my favourite dish would probably be homemade pesto, using the basil we grow on our balcony. When I used to live with my mum, she grows loads of organic fruit and veg, so I’d make pesto with fresh spinach, kale, purple sprouting broccoli, or any other greens we had to hand.

    I also use it a lot as a salad dressing – either on it’s own, mixed with balsamic (just drizzle one then the other), or mixed with some lemon oil and black pepper for a really rest spring dressing.

    And I even use olive oil in my bath!! I use a cheaper grade for this, as it isn’t being eaten. But I mix a few drops of lavender essential oil in with a good glut of olive oil, for an ancient-rome style bath oil that’s divine! I use it when I don’t have time to moisturise, if I run out of bath product, or if I’m just in need of the relaxing properties of lavender. Again, I have my mum’s expertise to thank for that one!

  31. Chris Elston

    My take on Shepherd’s Pie (that’s basically my favourite thing to cook with anything, but I do fry in olive oil)

  32. kay ellerby

    Spaghetti bolognaise with quorn mince, chicken stir fry with a hint of oyster sauce and believe it or not chips!

  33. Karin Mortensen

    I love making a nice fresh greek salad with a drizzle of olive oil – best served in the sun on the terrace 🙂

  34. Angela Turley

    I love med roasted veg drizzled with balsamic and olive oil……yum!!

  35. 50-cloves of garlic roast chicken served with Hasselback potatoes and roasted root vegetables.

  36. Karen Lloyd

    Roasted tomato soup with garlic and parmesan focaccia.

  37. Kat Allinson

    Have to admit if we have a really tasty olive oil, I like just dunking bread in it with some balsamic, delicious!

  38. samantha bolter

    drizzled over salad with balsamic vinegar added

  39. elaine stokes

    I love it drizzled over my salads, but also for my pizza

  40. Maggie Lee-Roberts

    My bolognese sauce. The olive oil, with tomatoes, onion, garlic, fresh herbs and beef mince gives a great flavour.

  41. Minnie Rose

    Pasta with pesto, broccoli and pine nuts 🙂 x

  42. Angela Walton

    Over a fresh salad, usually accompanied by some feta cheese and crusty white bread

  43. Sarah Taylor-Burns

    I love to drizzle olive oil over a salad made of spinach, cherry tomatoes, feta, sunflower seeds and tofu.

  44. Whenever I have a high quality olive oil, I always keep it simple and enjoy it with fresh bread, cheeses and meats and olives. Perfection.

  45. Allan Wilson

    I like mixing it with Balsamic vinegar and dipping bread into it.

  46. Amy Rennocks

    I cook lots of Italian Gnocchi dishes but I do love it on salad <3

  47. Stephanie Whitehouse

    Anything GReek – proper food with proper flavours

  48. Anthony G

    I love Italian food and cook a lot of pasta dishes.

  49. Laura-Jane Baker

    Couscous, vine tomatoes, mozzarella, basil and a drizzle of olive oil – simple perfection.

  50. Nathan Webb

    I cook everything with it so I guess it’d be egg and bacon sarnies!

  51. Gillian Hale

    Spaghetti Carbonara, the kids love it too

  52. Gillian Hale

    Spaghetti Carbonara, the kids love it too

  53. Caroline H

    I love a feta and red pepper fritatta with the peppers slowed roasted in a big glug of olive oil first.

  54. jodie yorke

    i love it on salads with balsamic vinegar.

  55. esther james

    olive oil, balsamic vinegar and fresh bread

  56. kim plant

    theres an exotic name for it parma cheese pasta I call it x

  57. BECCA STAPLES

    I wouldn’t really call it cooking but loving making Brushcetta with it x

  58. Karen smith

    Roasted aubergine, mint, chilli & olive oil, riddled on top of sourdough.

  59. Michelle Wild

    Unpeeled roughly chopped potato drizzled with olive oil and salt and pepper in oven or around a beef joint. In fact drizzled on everything where oil is called for, particularly good with lime juice.

  60. Kat Lucas

    Nice piece of steak cooked in a fab olive oil

  61. lynn heath

    I love roasted veggies to go with our meals, red onion, sweet potato and all the different coloured peppers drizzled in oil!

  62. Bryony Brooke

    Tomato and mozarella caprese with torn up basil and good quality extra virgin olive oil. Yummy!

  63. Pasta with olive oil, parmasan and black pepper

  64. Christine Lockley

    Love the “Vegetable and Chorizo” soup on the BBC Food page

    Thanks for the chance to win x

  65. Sarah Griffiths

    Mixed with balsamic and poured over a green salad

  66. I like making my own pesto. Spaghetti, wild mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, pesto.

  67. Maxine G

    spaghetti simply tossed with good olive oil, chillies and garlic – simple but delicious!

  68. Elizabeth Robinson

    Simply avocado with lots of olive oil, lemon, salt and pepper

  69. Edward Guerreiro

    I use olive oil in pretty much everyting I cook. But my favourite, providing I have good quality oil, is simply to have it on a salad.

  70. Kirsty Lander

    Such a hard Q but for me.. it’s not a meal as such, but my favourite way to use olive oil is drizzling it over salad with a little balsamic vinegar. Delish!

  71. Laura Jeffs

    Roast potatoes with garlic, thyme, rosemary and olive oil :YUMMY!!!!

  72. Kat Glynn

    Any pasta sauce starts with a good olive oil, I also like to make my own Pesto x

  73. Kate Cass

    I love olive oil and use it in so many meals, one of my fave things to took is Rosemary and Olive oil flatbreads, I also love Pistachio, cardamom and olive oil cake and Blood Orange olive oil cake. I sub with olive oil where I can. Summer salads are awesome, some great olive oil dressings. Ahhh olive oil x x

  74. clair downham

    chorizo pasta with peppers and mushrooms

  75. claire griffiths

    i love cooking pasta dishes with olive oil

  76. I Love to use it as an ingredient within my Roasted Leg of Lamb and Garlic Grattan….essential ingredient!

  77. Janet Bennett

    Used in Focaccia Bread with Rosemary and also used as a dipping oil, (like to dip Focaccia bread into oil as a starter)

  78. Jane Willis

    I like olive oil best on salads or as a dip for bread, I don’t cook with it as heating it spoils the flavour

  79. Adrian Crook

    I use it to make my own salsa for fajitas

  80. Joanne Beale

    Love to cook with home grown courgettes, tomatoes, onions, sweetcorn and anything else my husband has grown with some herbs, garlic, olive oil and cook in the oven – yummy

  81. Keith Hunt

    I put a bit a pizza that all i can cook without killing the family.

  82. Michelle Smith

    Pasta with lemon juice, grated cheese and olive oil

  83. Kristina Trick

    I just like it best just how it is with bread and balsamic vinegar

  84. Karen Usher

    A pasta dish tossed in olive oil, then whatever sauce I choose to put on top.

  85. laura jayne bates

    i love to put it on my greek salad

  86. Spaghetti with chilli and prawns – delicious!

  87. kim neville

    I like to use in my salad dressing to give more flavour

  88. Jeff Wolf

    Just salad with an olive oil and balsamic vinegar dressing.

  89. Elizabeth (Liz) Briggs

    I love it drizzled on Bruschetta x

  90. Naomi Long

    I love olive oil poured on salads – I could pretty much drink the stuff!

  91. ashleigh allan

    Pasta – with oil, garlic and chilli!

  92. Tastes good and is proven time after time to promote health and long life! Result!!!

  93. Natalie Crossan

    I absolutely love tomato and basil salad xx

  94. iain maciver

    tomato and basil salad dressed with olive oil

  95. Brad Start

    I love dipping home made bread into olive oil

  96. Heather Haigh

    I love tomato and basil salad dressed with a good olive oil

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