As some of you may know after tasting your Channukah lights oil, not all olive oils are created equal. In fact, very much like wines, there is a huge variety of qualities even within the Extra Virgin category, depending on age, the quality of the olives used, whether they were cold-pressed (preferable), etc. Whereas the quality is often reflected in the price, Il Casolare olive oil is one of the exceptions. It is a superb cold-pressed, unfiltered olive oil at a very reasonable price. Fresh and fruity with a slight peppery tingle, it tastes like a hot summer’s day in the Umbrian hills (where the company is based). Get it from Tesco or Sainsburys and enjoy. Even your Channukah lights will shine brighter…
Tips: although you can cook with it, this quality olive oil is best used cold on salads. Or you can try one of greatest foods of all time: Bruschetta. Get the best country or sour-dough bread you can (no sweetened breads please…), cut slices and toast them. Then rub a little raw garlic on each side, salt and douse in olive oil. It’s a meal in itself!
Make: Farchioni Oli SPA
Price: £7.50 (1L)