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logoA trip to Vejer’s No. 1 deli, Ya En Tu Casa, is always a treat but last week saw me practically running from my house into Vejer old town in order not to miss a second of tasting time.

Run by the supremely enthusiastic, talented and knowledgeable Italian couple; Claudia and Diego; Ya En Tu Casa (Already in Your Home translated literally) is an absolute must-visit for anyone in Vejer – whether you’re a day-tripper, holiday maker or resident.  You know when you visit a village, town or city and everyone tells you: “You absolutely must try the xxx from there.  It’s amazing.”

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Front row: L-R Olivar del Carmen, Bravoleum, Oleo Conil  Back Row: L-R Claudia and Diego!

Well, Claudia and Diego have done that for you – they’ve talked to producers, tasted, sipped and slurped their way (metaphorically speaking) around Andalucia to bring you the very best gastronomy that the region has to offer.  Selfless of them, I know!  If it’s that wonderful wine you tried up at Patria Restaurant or some fantastic Vino Naranja (Orange Wine), a great sherry, brilliant Brandy de Jerez, chocolate, sherry vinegar – or of course Extra Virgin Olive Oil – they’ve got the very best of the best.

But enough about them, let’s start talking Olive Oil!  Claudia offered me a selection of three oils from their range: Oleo Conil, Bravoleum (Yep, that lovely little Award Winner that I’ve told you about before, hurray!), Olivar del Carmen.

Starting with the mildest oil first:

Oleo Conil is a locally produced, organic Arbequina (the type of olive) and the Best Before on this bottle is April 2018 which suggests a harvest date late 2016. OleoConil1Smell: light, apple fresh, peaches.  Taste: very light bitterness, fresh fruit and a hint of pepper.  Aftertaste: pepper but just a hit, not a lingering flavour.  Uses: poultry, light meats, fish, salad, lentil and other lighter flavoured vegetarian dishes.  Claudia advised it’s great on a Tuna Carpaccio.  Although available through their online shop in three different sizes ranging from 250mls to 2.5 litres, Claudia advises that because it is so mild, and the flavour of all oils diminishes once the bottle is open, that this oil should be bought in small quantities and used quickly.  The using quickly won’t be a problem, it’s delicious and very versatile!

On to the second; the award winning Bravoleum Picual from Hacienda el Palo.  BravPicualAs the name states, it’s a Picual olive (in the centre of the picture above) and the Best Before on this 500ml bottle was August 2018 so also a late 2016 harvest.  Smell:  ripe pineapple.  Taste: pine nuts, almonds, cashews, really smooth.  Aftertaste: cashews, cream, light bitter and beautifully balanced.  When tasted on bread the bitterness lasted longer.  Uses: salad, white fish, prawns, fruit salad, pineapple carpaccio.  I confess here and now, this was my favourite.

OlivarUnfLast but not least; the Olivar del Carmen, an unfiltered, 100% Hojiblanca in a 400ml tin with very clever pouring spout.  Smell: slightly acidic, citrus fruit.  Taste: asparagus, herbs, fresh green apple.  Aftertaste: light, not bitter but a little bit peppery.  Uses: fish, salad, creamy pastas.  This lovely oil coats the glass if you swirl it around, and is Claudia’s favourite.

All the oils were tasted neat, straight from the little tasting glass and secondly with bread.  All opinions are my own and all three oils are, as you’d expect, absolutely delicious.  Ya En Tu Casa is located at: Calle Corredera 17, Vejer de la Frontera.

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How pleased do I look with myself here!  And no, I didn’t eat all that bread on my own!

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