“Where do I begin, to tell the story of how great a love can be. The sweet love story that is older than the sea. The simple truth about the love you bring to me. Where do I start?” Okay, I confess, it’s the theme from the 1970 film Love Story and the link leads to the wonderful Dame Shirley Bassey’s version from 1973. Of course it’s not actually a song about Olive Oil but it’s a great place to start for several reasons:
- Watching the film for the first time with my dad made a huge impression on me
- Dame Shirley Bassey is one of my favourite singers and we both lived in the same part of Cardiff as youngsters (although not at the same time!)
- Tasting Olive Oil properly for the first time, rather than just as something to pour onto my salad, made an equally huge impression on me.
So from Love Story to Olive Oil in three easy steps!
The purpose of this blog is to document my journey into the wonderful world of Olive Oil and to share my experiences along the way. I’m a consumer who wants to know more, rather than any kind of an expert. I’m reading, researching, tasting, attending workshops and doing everything I can to increase my knowledge and pleasure in this wonder food – liquid gold.
I will share with you tastings, resources and advice, recipes, stories and things I learn along the way and I hope you’ll share your experiences, tips and advice with me too.
This journey started last year with a foodie walking tour of Gracia neighbourhood in Barcelona and hit me like a bolt out of the blue. It was the fifth of 10 items on the menu of things we were going to taste and I’d already decided I might give that one a miss – I hate greasy things so the thought of actually tasting oil was pretty yeuch.
However, when the time came we were presented with several oils and delicious looking bread and greed got the better of me as I gingerly dipped the bread into first one, then the other oils. What a shock! Not only weren’t they greasy but they all tasted completely different. Who knew!!!
And the love affair began. Since then I’ve bought bottles of Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO as it’s known in English and AOVE in Spanish Aceite Oliva Virgen Extra) whenever I have the chance and have taken the time to taste, rather than just use, it in bars and restaurants throughout Spain and Wales (where I divide my time).
So, come along with me as we taste, review, buy, use, discuss and celebrate this most beautiful of foods.
Hasta próxima (Until next time)
A consumer who’d like to know more