I LOVE olives! You probably know that if you’ve read about my favourite martini. So it was a great pleasure to accept an invitation from Olives From Spain and the Friday Food Club to attend their event last night.
Our host was Omar Allibhoy who you may know as the Head Chef at El Pirata de Tapas on Westbourne Grove. Trained at El Bulli under Ferran Adria and later at Gordan Ramsay’s Maze under Jason Atherton, Omar is also the ambassador for Olives From Spain.
Omar kicked off the night with a cooking demo, showing us how to make a couple of marinated olive dishes as well as a Spanish Omelette with chorizo and olives.
Omar showed us how to spice up our olive dishes and how omelettes don’t have to be plain. And I am very much inspired to try these dishes at home, which I will do soon.
The night continued with an olive inspired menu created by Omar. For starters we were served a salad which included sardines and artichokes, as well as olives of course.
To follow, we were served Spanish Omelette along with a chicken stew and sea bass dish.
And finally, we had black olive chocolate truffles for dessert. These truffles were surprisingly gooey but yet slightly textured because of the olives.
Every dish was so different and the variety of flavours proved how versatile olives can be. But whilst I am familiar with having olives in stews and salads, it has never crossed my mind to consider them in desserts or in an omelette.
For the record, the black olive chocolate truffles with a glass of Gran Barquero Pedro Ximénez are a wonderful match.
Thank you Olives From Spain and Omar for such a delightful evening. I am utterly inspired!