RECIPES & TIPS

TIPS
Tips that are small, yet beneficial to you health and cooking…

> How do I keep my olive oil fresh?
Keep your oil away from sunlight, heat and air. Store the metal container or the dark glass bottle inside a cabinet in your kitchen. The average temperature for storing olive oil should be between 5° C (41° F) up to a maximum of 20° C (68° F). Avoid using plastic storage materials, where many chemical reactions may occur between the plastic storage material and the olive oil. Besides, “gold” isn’t stored in plastic!!! Moreover, olive oil is not refrigerated.
 

> How do I properly use my olive oil in the kitchen?

  • When you cook, prefer pouring the olive oil towards the end of the cooking, thus enjoying its nutrients more.
  • When frying, check the olive oil’s temperature with a kitchen thermometer. The advised temperature is up to 180° C, although the olive oil’s critical point of temperature is 2100° C. In this way you can check the frying results without losing the rich nutrients of olive oil. In this manner you can use the same olive oil up to 4 times. Every time you use it, let it cool off and then filter it and store it in a well-sealed jar. The olive-oil used in a fryer that doesn’t exceed 180° C can be reused up to 5 times, as long as you filter it after every use.
  • When using the oven, spread some olive oil on anything you bake, such as meat, fish, vegetables, biscuits, pastries.
  • Moreover, spread some olive oil on the pan too. In this way we have a crispy and rosy result in our food and we avoid having our food stuck in the pan. A tip to make a nice crust in our pies is to spread its surface with a mix of an egg whisked with milk and oil.
  • When you Grill, spread some olive oil on fish, burgers, steaks etc. The meat will become softer and the fish will not get stuck on the grid. When you want to make the meat softer, whether you cook it in the oven or the grill, spread some olive oil on it a few hours prior to cooking it. It is the most simple marinade!!!
  • When you cook vegetables in the microwaves, add some olive oil and some water (1-2 tablespoons). It will make their cooking more easy and more uniform.
  • When you steam vegetables, sprinkle them with some olive oil during serving them. Their entire flavor will come out.
  • In Cakes, substitute half of the quantity of butter or margarine with olive oil and, thus, you have an even more healthy result. Tips for when you make your sweets: remember that olive oil is ideal for every recipe and helps your oven-baked sweets to be preserved for a longer period of time.
  • When Raw, olive oil is a perfect match for boiled vegetables, weeds, white cheeses such as feta and halloumi and raw salads. The olive oil’s taste is perfectly brought out, while at the same time you add a healthy cover to your raw foods. Tips for when you wish to use very spicy onions in salads or sauces: soak them in olive oil for a little time, so as to make them more mild.

 

> Dow do we make aromatic olive oil?

 

Choose aromatic herbs (rosemary, dill, spearmint, basil, estragon), fresh or dried spices, garlic, chili peppers and lemon, citrus and orange zests of your choice. The aforementioned materials can be used on their own or be combined.
We put 2 or 3 sticks of the specific aromatic herb of our choice inside a glass bottle and we add olive oil until the entire aromatic herb is covered and until the bottle is full. It can be used after two-three weeks. We can leave the aromatic herbs in the bottle. When we consume some olive oil and the aromatic herbs are exposed, it is advisable to remove the herbs, so as for the olive oil not to be spoiled.
An excellent combination is aromatic olive oil with oregano and lemon zest.
Aromatic olive oil is a wonderful marinade, which can add aroma to salads, rice, boiled vegetables, potatoes, pasta, meat and fish, or it can also become the main ingredient in another vinaigrette of yours.


Tips – In a near empty mustard jar, add your favorite herbs, some vinegar and oil. Close it, shake it and you have a wonderful vinaigrette in no time!!!!!

 

 

TASTY RECIPES WITH OLIVE OIL:
Olive oil can be widely used by giving taste and health not only to the traditional Greek diet, but also to any other international cuisine. Olive oil plays the most important role in all recipes, from a simple appetizer to a sweet.

Sauces

Tzatziki

Ingredients
Half a kilo strained yogurt
2 big cucumbers
3 garlic cloves
1 teaspoon salt
4-5 tablespoons olive oil
2 teaspoons vinegar
1 tablespoon spearmint or dill (optionally)

We peel the cucumbers, fine chop them and let them stay to strain from their juices. We mash garlic together with the salt.
We use a deep pan and we mix the cucumber, the garlic, the olive oil and the vinegar in turns and, lastly, we add the yogurt. It is preserved in the refrigerator.

Sauce with garlic and nuts

Ingredients
1 teacup nuts
2 garlic cloves
1 onion (optionally)
2 tablespoons finely-chopped parsley or basil
Half teacup olive oil

Blend all the ingredients together in the food processor for 1-2 minutes.
It is a perfect match for pasta.

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Sweet cheese pies

Dough:
1.5 cup water
Half teaspoon salt
3 table spoons olive oil
1 tablespoon lemon juice or raki
Flour (approximately half a kilo)

 

Filling:
250 g sour mizithra or feta and 250 g sweet mizithra
or 500 g sweet mizithra
1 egg
1 teacup sugar or grape molasses or honey
1 teaspoon finely-chopped spearmint (optionally)
1 teaspoon powder cinnamon

We prepare the pastry dough with the aforementioned ingredients, which must be pretty thick. We cover it and we let it rest, better in the fridge. We prepare the filling. We roll a medium pastry, we cut in circles of a size of a coffee saucer and we put one spoonful of filling. We roll each circle in order to make a semicircle and we press on the edges to seal it. We fry in plentiful hot olive oil. We serve with honey or with sprinkled sugar powder and cinnamon or even plain.

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Greek village salad with olives

2 firm tomatoes
2 cucumbers
1 onion
1 cups pigweed (verdolaga)
1 bunch of parsley
1 pepper
1 teaspoon caper
5 – 6 black olives
Half a teaspoon salt
100 g feta
1 teaspoon oregano
4 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon vinegar

 

We rinse the tomatoes, the cucumber, the parsley, the pepper and the pigweed. We chop them all together and put them in a salad bowl. We add the caper, the ring-cut onion and the olives. We add salt, oregano, oil, vinegar and we mix. Lastly, we add the feta cheese cut in pieces.

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Mussels with rice

1 kg mussels
Half a kilo carolina rice
Half cup olive oil
2 medium onions finely-chopped
1 wineglass white wine
2 medium grated tomatoes
Salt, pepper

 

We prepare the mussels: We rinse the mussels’ shells, we remove the mustaches and we boil them for approximately 5 minutes until they open. Then we take out the flesh. We pour the oil and the onions in a pan and let them get rosy. Then we add the mussels and after some time the rice and we turn it 2 -3 times. We add the wine, the tomatoes, salt, pepper and approximately 8 glasses of water and let the water boil away.

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Beef with pasta

1 kg beef
1 finely-chopped onion
Half a cup olive oil
3 coarse-cut garlic cloves
1 wineglass white wine
1 kg ripe grated tomatoes
1 cinnamon stick, 5-6 cloves
2-3 laurel leaves
Salt, pepper
Half a kilo spaghetti No 5
1 cup grated cheese

 


We bake the onion and the olive oil in a pan for a while and then we add the meat, cut in medium pieces, after putting one piece of garlic in each piece of meat. We braise at low temperature and whisk regularly. We finish with the wine and then we add the tomato, the cinnamon, the cloves, the laurel leaves, salt, pepper and 2 glasses of water and we braise the meat by adding water in order to have enough sauce. We use another pan with salted water and, when it boils, we add the spaghetti, uncut, and boil it for approximately 15 minutes. We strain and rinse the spaghetti with cold water. To serve, we put the pasta, add the meat and sauce on top and sprinkle with cheese.

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Kakavia – Greek fish soup

1.5 kg sliced big fish (different fishes of our choice: dusky grouper, merou, seabream, white grouper etc.)
2 ring-cut onions
5-6 sliced potatoesφέτες
Half a cup olive oil
Salt, pepper
Juice of 2 lemons

 

We sauté the onions in the olive oil in a deep pan, we add the potatoes and we cover in water. We boil for 5 minutes and then we add the fish, salt and pepper and we boil for 20-25 minutes more until cooked. We remove the pan from the fire and we add the lemon juice.

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New Year’s cake with olive oil



1.5 glass olive oil
2 glasses sugar
6 eggs
3 vanillas
Zest and juice from 2 oranges
Half a glass milk
Half a kilo self-raising flour


We whisk the olive oil and the sugar and we continue with the yolks, the zest, the vanillas, the orange juice, the milk, the flour and lastly the egg white whisked in frosting. We stir slightly to homogenize the ingredients and we put the mix in an oiled No. 30 baking tin. We don’t forget to put a fake-gold token. We bake in average temperature in the oven for less than 1 hour.

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Orange cookies

2 glasses olive oil
2 glasses sugar
1 glass orange juice
1 spoonful cinnamon clovers
1 sachet baking powder
1 spoonful baking soda
Flour as much as it takes to make a soft dough

 

We whisk the oil with the sugar, we continue with the cinnamon clovers, the soda, which must be dissolved in the orange juice, and lastly the flour, which must be mixed with the baking powder. We knead a soft and elastic dough and we mold cookies. We then sprinkle them with sesame, we place them in an oiled baking tin and bake them in the oven at an average temperature for 15-20 minutes in order to get slightly rosy.

 

Beauty tips for your face, body and hair, with olive oil recipes

Olive oil is one of the main ingredients of cosmetics and can act in many ways, given that its benefits are many. On its own, it’s an integrated cosmetic. Women in ancient Greece used pure olive oil as a cosmetic for face care. Apart from the fact that olive oil is a 100% natural product (maybe one of the few products that are truly 100% natural), it also has moisturizing properties, it’s hypoallergenic, whereas at the same time it’s also a powerful antioxidant. It contains vitamins A and E, it helps the skin be rejuvenated and freshened, whereas it also helps towards the regeneration of the skin that has suffered damage from solar radiation and air pollution. The antioxidants contained in olive oil have the natural property to stimulate the skin cells and force them to return to a more stable, more smooth and healthy condition. Whether it is applied in the face or the body, olive oil goes deep down the skin and offers protection as a skin shield. It makes the skin smooth, whereas at the same time it also moisturizes it. It is used either as a night cream or a day cream. The use of extra virgin olive oil has even better results. Mixing olive oil with a few drops of lemon juice can offer a greater sense of skin rejuvenation.
 

Face masks with olive oil

Face mask for normal skin

You will need:
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 teaspoon thyme honey
Instructions
Mix the ingredients, apply the mix on your face and neck for 20 minutes and remove with warm water.

Instructions
Mix the ingredients, apply the mix on your face and neck for 20 minutes and remove with warm water.

 

“Immediate” moisturization creams
Mix 1 ripe avocado (pulp), 1 tablespoon yogurt, 3 tablespoons olive oil and 1 tablespoon honey. Apply and leave it for 20 minutes, rinse your face with warm water.

Moreover
Mix well 1 ripe avocado (pulp), 1 whisked egg white, 2 tablespoons olive oil and 1 tablespoon apple vinegar. Apply on your face and leave it for 15 minutes, rinse your face with warm water.


Homemade whitening mask

Mash together 5 strawberries, 2 spoonfuls organic yogurt, 1 teaspoon olive oil, 1 teaspoon honey and 2 tablespoons oats, until all the ingredients are mixed together into a “puree”. Apply on your face with clean hands, leave it for 20 minutes and rinse. Strawberries are known for their whitening properties, whereas the other ingredients will help you keep your skin shiny, healthy and moisturized.

Make your own body massage oil

The secret
How do I moisturize and rejuvenate my skin? I mix 100 ml olive oil and 10 drops of lavender essential oil and I do a light massage after the shower. It absolutely invigorates, nourishes and moisturizes my skin.
- 150 ml peanut oil,50 ml olive oil, 30ml rosewater and lavender essential oil.


Production:
We place all the ingredients in a bottle with a nozzle or a spray ending and we shake until all the ingredients become one.
Given that it’s very possible that our materials are separated, we repeat the shaking procedure prior to every use.
 

For hair moisturization

  • -For dry hair: Mix 2 tablespoons olive oil and 5 drops of orange essential oil. After washing your hair, apply the mix on wet hair by doing a massage, especially on the tips, and let it act for 20 minutes. Rinse well with plentiful water.
  • -For normal hair: Mix 6 tablespoons olive oil with half a cup honey. Apply the mix on your hair by doing a gentle massage and then twist it up into a towel for 20 minutes. Then rinse it and wash it with a shampoo that contains mild and pure natural ingredients.
  • For hair smoothness:
  • Put some olive oil and an egg in a bowl. Add some rum, to counterbalance the egg’s smell. Mix together and apply the mix on your hair with a comb. Leave it for as long as you can. Rinse and wash off. Let it dry without using a hair-dryer