Monday, October 31, 2011

Liquid Gold Loveliness

On Friday, I swung by the post office and brought home a box full of Liquid Gold - all the way from Charlottetown, PEI. 

Liquid Gold is a purveyor of pure, fresh extra virgin olive oils and balsamic vinegars. 

In addition to their Charlottetown shop, they also have a location in the HydroStone Market in Halifax.  You simply pick the flavours you want, and it's bottled for you in-store.

The package was a very generous gift from my mom who had recently visited the PEI shop.  

Left to right: Black Truffle, Roasted Sesame, Garlic and Basil - yum!

Blood Orange, Basil and Chocolate

I am one lucky girl.

Cork stoppers and a pour spout

Mom also included a nice tea towel and some black penne (the dark colour comes from cuttlefish ink).  This will quell my previously mentioned need to stock up on elusive/obscure pastas.

On Saturday, I used the roasted sesame olive oil with a dash of balsamic vinegar on a salad.   And on Sunday, I cooked chicken breasts on a skillet (for a curry dish) with a few tablespoons of the garlic olive oil - delish.

If you're not in Halifax or Charlottetown, you can still get your hands on this amazing stuff as Liquid Gold ships within Canada.   In Saskatoon, you can find great oils and vinegars at Cava Cuisine - we sampled more than our fair share of them a few weeks ago during a wine and food tasting event in the Farmers' Market building.  (I highly recommend the white and raspberry balsamics).

The Chronicle Herald had a great article about the difference between these pure, fresh oils and your standard grocery store fare.  When it comes to olive oils, you really do get what you pay for.  You can find the article here. 

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