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Chicken with Raspberry Vinegar

Chicken with Raspberry Vinegar

This will be one of the most delicious and easiest ways you will cook chicken!

 

No need to wait hours marinating your chicken or carefully whisking together a sauce to serve with! It’s all done at once and in one pan! The butter and raspberry vinegar matched with the chicken is absolutely delicious.

 

 

Post Chicken Raspberry Vinegar

It is safe to say that raspberry vinegar is not one of the most popular vinegars, however is definitely worth having a bottle on hand and making it one of your kitchen staples. Vinegars actually contain many health benefits. They do not contain many vitamins and minerals, however they make up for this with the important enzymes and amino acids they contain. Vinegars have some pretty amazing health benefits such as helping to support detoxification, kills bacteria with its anti-microbial properties and help reduce blood pressure.

 

It is definitely worth incorporating some kind of vinegar such and raspberry or apple cider in to your daily diet today. Use it in marinades, sauces or dressings… or if you’re feeling really brave serve 1 – 2 tablespoons straight up, (be sure to have a glass of water on hand to wash it down).

"Yuca brand of vinegars is made by Goyval Vinegar, a family business located in Castilla la Mancha in Spain’s largest wine producing region. Elaborated with organic ingredients, its ingredients list is clean and simple: organic wine vinegar, organic concentrated grape must and organic raspberry puree "
Goyval Vinegar

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Spanish Potato Omelet in 3 easy steps

Spanish Potato Omelet

Looking for an easy work week dinner meal,  we have you covered with this easy Spanish Potato Omelet. A 4 ingredients recipe: Olive oil that shines by its antioxydants and polyphenols content, the onions and potatoes for a good source of fiber and vitamin C  to which you add a great protein, the eggs, rich of powerhouse disease fighting nutrients like lutein and zeaxonthin to support eye health.

 

Spanish Patato Omelet

“This classic Spanish dish is very versatile and quick to whip up. The tortilla (or Spanish omelette) can be served hot or cold and is a fantastic way of using up all kinds of ingredients – simply add in any leftover vegetables, crumbled or grated cheese, jarred red peppers or cooked sausage. They’ll all taste great, so get experimenting! ”

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patatas brava, brava sauce,

3 easy recipes to bring the flavours of Spain to your home

3 easy recipes with La bodega Sauces

Spain Gourmet Canada is now selling wonderful sauces made in Vancouver, B.C by the family of La Bodega Restaurant on Main Street. 

These authentic Spanish sauces recipes have been carefully crafted and handed down through generations. La Bodega is own by siblings, Natalie and Paul Rivas and their products are the result of nearly five decades of experience working in the culinary industry in Vancouver, coupled with their family’s passion for Spanish cuisine and Mediterranean heritage.

Through its products line composed of a zesty Brava Sauce, a savoury Romesco Sauce and a sweet Piquillo Relish, La Bodega has captured the flavor of their restaurant favorites, so you can bring home the flavour of Spain and create your own delicious dishes and memories with your family and friends.

Do you know how to use these sauces and make wonderful inspired Spanish dishes at home? Find below a recipe for the Brava sauce, one for the Romesco Sauce and a third one for the Piquillo Relish

 

Brava Sauce – Other ideas.

Use as, braising liquid for poultry or lamb. 

Or as a marinade for chicken.

Substitute as condiment for burgers, hot dogs. 

Blend with mayonnaise or add to salad dressings for a zippy kick of flavour.

"These amazing sauces make it easy to cook Spanish food at home"
Spain Gourmet Canada

Romesco Sauce – Other ideas.

Serve with grilled vegetables 

Serve as part of a crudité platter

Use it as pasta sauce

As a spread for sandwiches

It is also a great thickener for soups

Or try it as a marinade for roast chicken, turkey or lamb

Add to sautéed prawns for the perfect finish

"Create your own delicious dishes and memories at home with family & friends"
Spanish Inspired Sauces, Brava Sauce, Romesco Sauce, Relish
Bodega On Main
PIquillo Relish – Other ideas.

Substitute it for regular relish

Serve it alongside crab cakes.

Serve it on crackers with cream cheese or a nice brie.

Piquillo Relish works well blended with mayo, served with grilled meats (lamb) or roasted duck

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Marinated Artichokes Appetizer with Piquillo Peppers

A Mediterranean inspired appetizer is sure to please any crowd! Artichokes are quite popular for their great taste and flexibility in how it can be used in all sorts of meals. They are also high in fibre which can help lower blood sugar and cholesterol levels and help prevent chronic diseases.

 

Both the artichokes and olives (including the olive oil) are high in antioxidants which help our body fight against free radicals and ward off disease, including cancer. Antioxidants also slows the signs of aging, are great for heart health, supports the immune system and lowers risk of infections.

It’s safe to say that this delicious appetizer doesn’t only pack a punch when it comes to taste, but comes with some amazing health benefits also!

 

 

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Picual Olives from Olivar de Segura

About our Extra Virgin Olive Oils

Extra Virgin Olive Oils

Have you ever given much thought to olive oil, such as where it came from, how it should taste or how it should be used? We are finally learning here in Canada what people from the Mediterranean have known for hundreds or even thousands of years. It is much more than just a cooking oil, its a health food and more.

All olive oils are different because they all come from different varieties of olives. If you have ever eaten olives then you know that they all taste different, from giant green ones to little black ones. They all have a distinctive taste, shape and color.

Two of our oils come from a large coop in the south of Spain called Olivar de Segura. It is located in the province of Jaen, Andalucia. In this region the Picual olive is the most prominent.

One of the defining characteristics of Picual Olive Oils compared to other varieties, is its robust flavor. It can carry a hint of bitterness from the high amount of polyphenols. It will also taste and smell very green with hints of grass or green tomato.

This olive oil also has a higher content in oleic acid and a lower amount of polyunsaturated acids which makes it very stable against oxidation and rancidity. This makes the Picual olive oil the best for cooking with at high temperatures, as it maintains its antioxidant properties even after the second use.

” Picual is also very high in oleocanthal, a polyphenol that can cause a mild tickling sensation in the back of your throat when you eat it raw. If you do not feel a mild sensation in your throat when you taste your olive oil, it may have been blended and lost its healthy antioxidant qualities.” 

Here are some suggestions on the oils we carry:

Oro de Genave Organic

Variety: Picual

Taste: Intense, peppery and robust

How to use:

  • For frying, baking and sauteing
  • Cooking stews and soups.
  • As a preservative of meats and cheeses
  • For salads and breads, pairs well with balsamic vinegar
  • Pairs well with tomato on toast
Oro de Genave Selection, Premium Organic 

Variety: Picual

Taste: Medium robust, green and fruity aroma

How to use:

  • For salads and breads, pairs well with balsamic vinegar
  • Create your own sauces and salad dressings
  • Light cooking, baking and sauteing
  • Finishing meats and dishes with a drizzle on top
  • Pairs well with tomato on toast

It can be argued that the Picual olive oils is one of the healthiest oils on the market. The robust taste does however show up in some types of sauces and dressing more than other olive oils. Plus, many people eating it raw might find the taste too strong. 

So we have also added a great tasting olive oil from Aceities Canoliva, located further south in Baena, Cordoba. They have created a wonderful blend using Hojiblanca and Arbequina.

The Cano family are pioneers in organic farming and have been bottling for many brands in the south of Spain since the 1970’s. They have created a brand call CampoSur meaning: southern lands. Holjiblanca has a medium spiciness to it and is balanced with the buttery taste of the Arbequina. These are very popular table olives with a wonderful taste! The oil is no different.

Camposur Organic

Variety: Hojiblanca / Arbequina Coupage

Taste: A light tasting olive oil

How to use:

  • For frying, baking and sauteing
  • Cooking stews and soups.
  • For salads and breads, pairs well with balsamic vinegar
  • Pairs well with tomato on toast

With these three olive oils you have everything you need for your home cooking and dressings. Olive oil and vinegar pair so well as their antioxidant rich properties can also assist in digestion. Keep an olive oil for finishing and one for cooking. Once you get used to the tastes of pure olive oil, you will not be able to go back to other oils!

Our olive oils carry a bottled on date instead of a best before date. Our olive oils are good for 2 years after opening, however they are best to be consumed within one year. If you drop any on your hands, rub it in! Remember it is full of vitamin E and is a very excellent moisturizer for your skin. You can also apply it to bruises and watch them disappear faster due to its inflammatory properties.

Please let us know your questions and if you have any tips on other uses of extra virgin olive oil!

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