This week I was given a bottle of Two Black Dogs extra virgin olive oil to try. I love the back story. Graham and Nicky live in Mangawhai in Northland, New Zealand. Having bought a property on which there was a grove of olive trees they decided to jump in gumboots and all to produce this lovely grassy green extra virgin olive oil.
Their first olives were harvested in May 2015 and their Ascolano olives were used to produce a small run of extra virgin olive oil which has been certified by Olives New Zealand as Extra Virgin Olive oil.
Their two black labs have the best kind of dog's life running amongst the trees, sniffing around , sampling the odd olive and absorbing the sun after a swim. The olive oil is named after them and they feature on the label.
I've really enjoyed creating some recipes with this oil:
- Fennel. Apple and Celery Salad (top right hand image)
- The perfect breakfast (bottom right hand image)
- Pita Bread with a fresh herb topping (bottom left hand image)
- Hearts of Palm, Tomato and Spring Onion Salad (top left hand image)
-A big thank you to Lyn for these great recipes! she has also shared a gorgeous image of her daughter Rachel's dogs - George the black labrador, and Millie on the beach.