I swore blind that it would not happen again, but as usual I accepted one invitation too many, and ended up with another infernal blog backlog.
This one I am feeling very guilty about, as the folks at Nudo are lovely, and gave me a delicious dinner and an adoption of an olive tree for a year. It is the perfect present. I can be an absent parent, or, if I so wish I could go and visit my tree, water it, hug it and sit in its shade. Whichever I choose someone else does all the hard work and I get the olive oil. It is a win win win situation, for the giver, recipient and also the tree.
Nudo was set up by Jason Gibb and Cathy Rogers when they bought and restored a 21 acre olive grove in the Le March Region of Italy. They now work with other small scale farmers, because of the financial security the tree adoption programme brings it enables the traditional farming methods to remain viable, which quite simply means better oil.
The adopt an Olive Tree from Nudo Italia costs £65 for a year. For this you get three packages over the year containing:
- Personalised adoption certificate and booklet about your tree
- Spring package (all the extra virgin olive oil from your tree)
- Autumn package (three flavoured extra virgin olive oils)
It is perfect for that last minute Christmas gift as the folks at Nudo will e-mail you a printable adoption certificate to give to the lucky recipient. Far better and easier than struggling to the shops.
Other oils and gifts are available here.
Last month I was asked by Nudo to a fantastic dinner at the electic and wonderful Saltoun Supper Club, where a special menu had been put together to showcase the rather wonderful oils.
We started with a selection of nibbles, all paired with different oils, all delicious.
Pickled courgette ribbons with Nudo Basil oil
Marinated mozzarella Nudo Lemon oil
Moroccan style carrots with cardamom and Nudo Mandarin oil
Pickled beetroot with Nudo Chilli oil
Homemade white pesto lasagne using Nudo Basil oil, delicious and delicate. One to try at home, or use the flavours in a risotto perhaps?
Semi dried tomato and creamy goats cheese crostini using Nudo Lemon oil was also good. Lovely perfectly balanced flavours and contrasting textures.
Green bean, smoked ham and caper salad, infused with Nudo Garlic oil. Smoked meat? Check. Capers? Check. With the firs two ingredients this was going to be a winner for me. Again one to repeat come summer.
Scallops with roast squash and amaretto crumbs using Nudo Chilli oil. Here my memory starts to get hazey, it was getting late and the wine was flowing. It was lovely, and the puree which I think was aubergine based was sublime, silky and packed with flavour. I could bathe in it everyday. I actually wrote about bathing in it in my notebook at the time.
Grilled lamb, aubergine and feta pizzetta using Nudo Thyme oil – also delicious, but alas no photo!
Chocolate and salted caramel cake with Mandarin oil drizzle – and this was amazing. Dense and rich, the mandarin oil being the perfect drizzle.
I arrived home late, and woke with a sore head. Both signs of a successful evening.
Many thanks to Nudo and to Arno at Saltoun for a lovely evening. Do go and book dinner at the Saltoun. You will have a amazing meal in electic surroundings, including the most magnificent piece of Roman Catholic tat – the light up statue of Our Lady who sits in the bathroom.
Fuss Free Flavours was the guest of Nudo.