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Making your Own Herb Flavored Olive Oil
Flavored olive oils are an amazingly simple and easy way to add instant flavor to your cooking, oils will soak up any flavors you add and as long as the herbs and spices are completely submerged in the olive oil they won’t go bad. You can make flavored olive oils very easily and it’s a great way to use up left over fresh herbs. To make flavored olive oil you simply need one large bottle of good olive oil with an opening large enough to squeeze in the flavoring ingredients.
Begin by pouring about one third of the oil into a separate container, store the spare oil and keep for another time. Pour the remaining two thirds of the oil into a saucepan and add your flavoring ingredients, place on a medium high heat and cook for approximately 5 minutes until the herbs look like they are starting to sizzle. Remove the pan from the heat and allow the oil to cool completely for a few hours before carefully pouring back into the bottle, use your hands to add any sprigs of herbs or ingredients that need a little extra help getting into the bottle, top up the bottle with extra oil if needed. The oil is ready to use straight away however the longer you leave it, the more the flavor will intensify, here are some flavoring ideas:
Garlic & herb olive oil (great for Italian cooking and focaccia bread)
1 teaspoon black peppercorns, 10 cloves of garlic (peeled and cut into quarters), 3 sprigs fresh thyme, 12 fresh sage leaves, 2 sprigs fresh rosemary, 3 bay leaves, 1 teaspoon dried oregano, 1 teaspoon onion powder
Smokey herb olive oil (great for Cajun style food and barbecues)
1 teaspoon pink peppercorns, 2 teaspoons smoked paprika, 1 teaspoon onion powder, 8 fresh sage leaves, 4 sprigs fresh thyme, 2 dried red chilies, 3 bay leaves, 5 cloves of garlic (peeled and cut into quarters)
Spicy herb and garlic olive oil (great for adding a kick of heat)
1 teaspoon black peppercorns, 8 cloves of garlic (peeled and cut into quarters), 10 small dried red chilies, 3 sprigs fresh thyme, 1 teaspoon dried oregano, ½ teaspoon chili powder, 3 bay leaves
Curry flavored olive oil (great for curries)
1 teaspoon black peppercorns, 5 cloves of garlic (peeled and cut into quarters), 2 tablespoons mustard seeds, 1 teaspoon cumin seeds, 1 tablespoon curry powder, 3 sprigs of fresh curry leaves, 1 tablespoon fenugreek seeds, 1 inch piece ginger root (roughly chopped)
Summer time beer recomendations
One of the best things about the summer is being outside in the warm weather and enjoying cold beers with friends. Whether you are drinking beer on its own or pairing with a summer meal, you should definitely take advantage of the large range of seasonal summer ales and beers available. Here is my current top three beers which I recommend you give a go this summer
1. Sierra Nevada Summerfest, crisp lager – California & North Carolina – 5% ABV
Sierra Nevada is famous for its pale ales, which have a rich hoppy flavor and a good level of bitterness, great for cooler times of the year in my opinion. During those hot summer months I’d recommend their Summerfest lager which is a Czech style pilsner which has a lighter, crisp and less hoppy flavor, it’s incredibly drinkable and perfect served iced cold, it pairs well with grilled chicken, sushi, salads and lightly spiced sausages
2. Shiner Ruby Redbird – Texas – 4.01% ABV
Shiner beer comes from the town of Shiner, Texas which is located near to Austin. Ruby Redbird is a pilsner style lager which is brewed with real Texas grapefruit and a kick of fresh ginger. I was very impressed with the light refreshing taste of this beer when I first tried it, it has a very low level of bitterness making it very refreshing during hot weather. The taste of grapefruit is more powerful than that of ginger, however they are both subtle enough to not overpower the flavor of the beer, it’s not as sweet as one might expect, which makes this very easy to drink. Ruby Redbird was originally a summer seasonal beer, however because of its vast popularity it is now available all year round, it pairs well with grilled meats, salads and anything you’re eating outdoors
3. Pyramid Apricot Ale – Washington State – 5.1% ABV
This wheat beer style ale is rich and flavorful with a very real taste of fresh apricots, the beer is slightly sweet in taste and reminds me of a type of beer cocktail that is popular in France called “bier a la peche”, which is beer with peach syrup. Pyramid apricot ale is not nearly as sweet as the French concoction but definitely has a mild sweetness which is very pleasant. The apricot flavor makes this beer very refreshing and smooth, perfect for warm evenings and grilling. This beer would pair well with any pork dish, game birds, salads and grilled vegetables.