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6 Stone Fruit Preserve Recipes for a Nutritious Winter Enjoyment

Plums, peaches and nectarines are best enjoyed at the peak of freshness but by preserving their bounty you can enjoy summer goodness throughout the winter months. Known collectively as stone fruit as they all have a pit or stone in the centre, each of the three fruits comprises several varieties of varying colours, tastes and textures, that ripen at different times […]

How To Cure Olives

Now that you have started growing your very own olive tree, and know how to identify a good quality table olive, you could also look at starting your very own home ‘curing process.’ Olives must be cured before they can be eaten, due to the bitterness of oleuropein, (a polyphenol) which makes the raw olive fruit totally unpalatable. If you have […]

SA Olive: What is Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)?

EVOO (pronounced ee-voo) stands for Extra Virgin Olive Oil – is the highest grade and most expensive of virgin olive oil, derived by mechanical cold extraction at below 30°C, (which means it is not altered by temperature) without the use of solvents or refining methods. Extra Virgin Olive Oil is free of any defects and rich in positive attributes, such […]

Beer Braised Caramalised Onions

I know that I am not the only one who enjoys a nice glass of wine or beer with our foods. Sometimes the magic of alcohol is not what is being served at the table but rather what the cook does in the kitchen. In one of the previous articles I mentioned that cooking with alcohol is like adding salt […]

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