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Marinated Feta in Olive Oil with Herbs
(Guest Post Recipe)
Welcome to a very special post and recipe today! My lovely friend, GG who writes over at Glamorous Glutton, has very kindly written a special guest post for me, whilst I am travelling across Canada, as well as creating a new recipe to share with all my readers! GG has visited me in France a couple of times now, and I have enjoyed some her delectable cooking at her home in England……in fact, whenever I am “down south” in London on work, we always try to meet up. She has devised a simple recipe for Marinated Feta In Olive oil with Herbs which she suggests you….”Try crumbling on broccoli or sweet corn, a perfect seasonal delight. Or pierced with a piece of chorizo. Spread generously on toasted sour dough drizzled with the oil, sprinkle onto salad, or just eat greedily straight from the bowl”…..I am in the “greedily eat it straight from the bowl” camp I think! Anyway, over to GG and I hope you enjoy her recipe as much as did when I made it myself recently, see you soon, Karen
I was delighted and honoured when Karen from Lavender and Lovage asked me to write a guest post. She will be on a wonderful press trip going right across Canada and no doubt will come back with wonderful stories and experiences with fabulous photos. Meanwhile I hope you enjoy a snippet of Glamorous Glutton.
The back streets of Holland Park in central London were a very different place when I first moved there as a small child. The chichi shops and boutiques have now replaced the dairy selling corner shop basics along side massive slabs of yellow cheddar cracked with age, milk in glass bottles with shiny foil tops, the cream layer so thick on the gold top the milk struggled to pour through and local butter, yes local, in the centre of London. The butcher had a regular clientèle, Older ladies in head scarves and bunched up coats, mothers with babies in pushchairs left lined up outside the shop whilst they chose the goods inside and the occasional child who’d been sent for a quarter of ham. Next door was the greengrocer who served you personally with fruit and vegetables that were in season. I remember very slim pickings in the winter, but it was seasonal and fresh. This was all within a minutes walk from our flat.
Just a little further away was the exotic delights of the Cypriot delicatessens. These seemed to line both sides of Westbourne Grove, going all the way from Notting Hill to Queensway. I loved the unfamiliar smells and produce. Huge terracotta bowls of olives lined the glass counter. Young green ones with lemon and coriander, wrinkled black slightly sweet ones and my favourite, a House Special, Black and green olives with feta. The creamy saltiness of the cheese was perfect with the bitterness of the olives. My mother would order ladles of this wonderful mix to add to our terracotta olive pot at home. A treat eked out in ones and twos on a daily basis. Olives were precious and very expensive.
This was the beginning of my love of Feta; it’s so versatile and full of flavour. It can be very salty, but like any cheese it’s important to find the one that has your favourite character. The nuance of sheep versus sheep and goat, or the imposter made with cow’s milk, each one with a slightly different taste. It’s delicious on its own but once bathed in extra virgin olive oil, fresh herbs and a little chilli with a touch of citrus it comes alive.
Or, try crumbling on broccoli or sweet corn, a perfect seasonal delight. Or pierced with a piece of chorizo. Spread generously on toasted sour dough drizzled with the oil, sprinkle onto salad, or just eat greedily straight from the bowl, it’s worth it. Glamorous Glutton
Try some other FETA recipes from Lavender and Lovage and Glamorous Glutton:
Olive Recipes from Lavender and Lovage and Glamorous Glutton: