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Foodie Swellness: Delicious Olives from Spain

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Although I did not grow up eating olives from Spain (I actually was probably an adult before I tried them for the very first time), but they’re now something I can’t live without. I’ll regularly crave them (coincidentally, one of my cats loves tapenade, she is so much my spirit animal!).

I don’t see how one can’t love olives from Spain. They’re so versatile, for one. A simple bowl of them with your cheese and charcuterie boards. Or add olives from Spain for a brine-y bite to your salads or pasta dishes (pasta puttanesca is a classic favourite!). Baked into a focaccia so that each doughy bite has a bit of olives from Spain. And what about chicken? On it’s own, a pretty bland protein. Incorporate lemon and whichever variety of olives from Spain you can find at your local supermarket into your sauce, though, and you’ve got one mouthwatering, flavourful main course.

The different ways you can enjoy olives are practically endless when you also consider that there are so many wonderful varieties from Spain. I’m not an olive connoisseur but I try to pick up a variety I’m unfamiliar with when I’m shopping at the market.

And did know they’re loaded with antioxidants that research has shown to be anti-cancerous, and they also contain iron and inflammation-reducing oleic acid? So many good reasons to incorporate them into your snacking and cooking repertoire  if you don’t already.

Next time you’re adding olives from Spain to your shopping list, some you might want to try out: hojiblanca, gordal and manzanilla. I feel like most people I know are partial to black olives, and while I do gravitate to them, I do love gordal, too; These large, fleshy green olives from Spain have a great bitter-salty balance, making them great for snacking. The same goes for manzanilla olives when it comes to snacking; they’re nice and round and plump and since its pit is easy to remove, you’ll often find them stuffed (think anchovies, peppers or cheese)—delicious! And hojiblanca? These olives from Spain have a slight fruity and nuttiness to them, which works well for stews and marinades.

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With the versatility of olives from Spain, I started dreaming of Canadian dishes where I could incorporate them, and bannock came to mind. Let’s face it, I dream of carbs so it’s not shocking I thought of bread. I’ve never made bannock before, a bread that comes to us from our First Nations. I did a little research about it and discovered that bannock can be baked or fried, and although traditionally prepared and enjoyed quite simply, modern versions include cinnamon bannock rolls and bannock breakfast sandwiches  Light and fluffy bannock with some chopped olives from Spain warm from the frying pan sounded like it’d be the ultimate savoury treat…and it was! Here’s the recipe:

Fried Bannock with Olives from Spain

  • 2 cups of flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • chopped olives from Spain to taste (I used about a ¼ cup of Hojiblancas)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ¾ cup water
  • vegetable oil for frying
  1. Whisk together dry ingredients.
  2. Mix in olives (I used Hojiblancas) and olive oil, and add water, until almost combined.
  3. On a lightly floured surface, knead a handful of times but do not overwork.
  4. Divide into 6 balls and flatten with your hands. Fry at medium heat in a frying pan generously oiled on the bottom of the pan until both sides of the bread are golden brown.
  5. Drain on a paper-towel lined plate.
  6. Enjoy warm!

Given the simple ingredients and method, I’m thinking this could be a great bread to make the next time I go camping or for brunch. Although, it’s not camping I’ve got on the brain now, it’s escaping to Spain I’m dreaming of!

For more recipe ideas for olives from Spain, be sure to check out olivesfromspain.ca

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1 Comment December 14, 2017

Style Swellness: Canada Goose Spring 2015 collection

Canada Goose spring 2015 Trenton

I think we can finally put away our down Canada Goose winter coats. The magnolias have finally bloomed in Toronto and we’ve been  in the double digits for temperature for the past few days, yesss!

But that doesn’t mean no Canada Goose in our wardrobes until next winter, because they’ve just launched their first collection of Spring outerwear. There are 25 lightweight, technical jackets (including some Soft Shells) and they’ve applied their garment construction know-how and their knowledge of Canada’s unpredictable weather in creating the pieces. The Soft Shells are constructed out of a waterproof, three-layer fabric, but one that’s very breathable, and feature touches such as reflective tape (so you’re seen when you need to be, safety, people!) and Lycra cuffs with thumbholes.

Canada Goose spring 2015 Trenton with hood up

In addition, there are three bright new colours added to the collection: Tundra Blossom, Torch and Altitude Blue. That’s the women’s Soft Shell Trenton jacket in Altitude Blue with Aurora Green I’ve got on here, which I put to the test on a predictably unpredictable spring day outdoors in Toronto. The high-loft fleece backing was a tad too warm when I set out for the day, but sure enough, the wind picked up and the temperature dropped within an hour and the jacket was just perfect for the conditions. I can’t wait to test it out hiking and on other outdoor adventures.

The Canada Goose Spring collection is currently available at Canada Goose Authorized Retailers around the world. For more information, visit www.canadagoose.com.

Canada Goose spring 2015 Trenton back

 

1 Comment May 5, 2015

New gluten-free beauty products

I’ve got detoxes and elimination diets on the brain lately–what with one friend on a detox diet and the Consonant Body Healthy Skin  Detox for Face Kit giveaway I currently have on the go (have ya entered yet??)–and these gluten-free product launches from Green Beaver landed on my desk.

Even though gluten protein is too large to be absorbed through the skin, it seems that many peeps with celiac disease and gluten sensitivites still seek out gluten-free skincare–as a way of preventing cross contamination. So you folks will be glad to hear that Canadian company Green Beaver are launching in March the first certified organic gluten-free personal care products. The range includes shampoo, conditioner, body wash, body lotion (each $9.99) and lip balm ($5.99).

I’m a bring-on-the-gluten kinda girl when it comes to my diet, and, it turns out, when it comes to my body lotion, too. I tested out GB’s new lotion and while it definitely has a pleasant light feel and great hydrating properties–it even managed to moisturize my crazy parched skin–its’ citrus fresh scent is a bit strong for my taste, and a tad peculiar to my nose (perhaps the turmeric in it?)–think spicy lemon cough drop.

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