Cooking with the Governor Extra Virgin Olive oil

Can you cook with Extra Virgin Olive Oil?

Can you cook with Extra Virgin Olive oil?  Yes, absolutely! ⁣ ⁣ Despite Mediterranean cultures using EVOO as their main cooking oil for centuries and the health benefits of the Med diet being scientifically proven, people still question whether it should be used for cooking! ⁣ ⁣ Did you know that ⁣ ⁣ 🌟EVOO remains heat stable for cooking at temperatures up to 190°c and high phenolic EVOO up to around 230°c. These temperatures cover most home cooking methods. ⁣ ⁣ Sautéing 120°c⁣ Oven roasting 180°c⁣ deep frying 180°c⁣ ⁣ ⁣ 🌟Choosing a good quality EVOO high in antioxidant polyphenols is important because these help to protect the oil from becoming damaged when heated. ⁣ ⁣ 🌟EVOO’s composition of high monounsaturated fat and high antioxidant content provides heat and oxidative stability, making it a healthier choice over vegetable and seed oils. ⁣ ⁣ 🌟EVOO is a unrefined oil. It is completely unprocessed retaining all of its healthy compounds. ⁣ Refined oils have been heat and chemically treated to remove impurities and contaminants. The process increases shelf life and smoke points, removes flavour and nutritional value. ⁣ ⁣ 🌟Studies show that when sautéing various veggies in EVOO it increases their antioxidant levels improving the nutritional value of food.⁣ ⁣ A very recent studies revealed that even deep frying chicken nuggets and chips in EVOO improved the nutritional profile of these foods when compared with canola (rapeseed) and grapeseed oils.⁣ ⁣ Even when put under test conditions that we wouldn’t usually use in our homes such as deep frying for extremely long periods of time and reusing the same oil several times it remains heat stable. ⁣ ⁣ So if you do choose to cook with EVOO be confident that it is safe and nutritious to do so. ⁣ ⁣                    

The Governor EVOO foodie

The Governor EVOO recipe Celeriac steaks with sticky date and spiced  lentils These celeriac steaks make a deliciously healthy midweek meal. Celeriac has become one of my favourite vegetables. Its subtle sweet, nutty flavour is best enjoyed by simply roasting it with a splash of our extra virgin olive oil.  I have served these steaks on a bed of spiced, sticky lentils. If you haven’t tried celeriac before do give it a try as it might surprise you. ⁣ Serves 2 Ingredients ⁣1 celeriac peeled and cut into 4 thick slices ⁣ 1 carrot, finely diced ⁣ 1 red onion, finely diced⁣ 1 stick celery, finely diced ⁣ 1 can of black or green lentils ⁣ 2 tbsps finely chopped coriander ⁣ 400ml vegetable stock ⁣ 1 tbsp of the Governor Extra Virgin Olive oil ⁣ ⁣ For the Paste ⁣ 6 medjool dates ⁣ 2 cloves garlic ⁣ 1 inch of ginger, grated 2 tsps tamarind paste ⁣ 1 tsp of baharat spice ⁣ 1 tbsps the Governor EVOO⁣ ⁣ For the dressing 1 tbsp of pomegranate molasses ⁣ 1 tbsp white wine vinegar ⁣ 2 tbsps of the Governor EVOO ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ Method 1. Preheat the oven to 180°c⁣, Gas mark 4 2. Brush the celeriac steaks with EVOO and ⁣place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, sprinkle over a pinch of sea salt and roast in the oven for 1 hour turning them halfway. ⁣ 3. Place all the ingredients for the paste into a small blender and blitz. Add in a little water to loosen. 4. Add 1 tbsp of EVOO into a large saucepan. Add the onion, celery and carrot and cook until softened 15mins, you can add a little water to prevent sticking. ⁣ 5. Stir in the paste, add in the rest of water and simmer for 5 mins. Add the lentils and warm through. ⁣ 6. To make the dressing simply whisk all the ingredients together⁣. 7. Serve the lentils topped with the celeriac steaks, sprinkle over the pomegranate seeds, coriander and drizzle over the dressing.

The Governor UK supports the Pink Ribbon Foundation

The Governor UK supports the Pink Ribbon Foundation We are really excited and proud to announce that we have partnered with the Pink Ribbon Foundation to help support those affected with breast cancer. The Pink Ribbon Foundation is  a grant making trust with a mission to fund projects and provide financial support to individuals and UK cancer charities large and small. The Grants help to relieve the needs of people who are suffering from, have been affected by breast cancer or who work to advance the understanding of breast cancer and its early detection and treatment. Lisa and her small team do a amazing job of raising awareness and funds and we are really pleased to be able to help by donating 10% of all purchases of our Premium Extra Virgin Olive oils.  

New Harvest Olive Oils have Landed

Our new season olive oils have now arrived in the UK. Tasting our new season early harvest olive oils  is the next best thing to jumping on a plane to Corfu and tasting the oils straight from the olive press! Why? Our high phenolic Extra Virgin Olive Oils are produced from olives that are picked at their nutritional and organoleptic peak. These promise amazing taste and the highest concentrations of anti-inflammatory and antioxidant compounds and greater health benefits. If you are yet to taste freshly pressed olive oil then it is a sensory experience not to be missed. The smell, the taste and the texture of  brand new olive oil is a wonderful thing.        

So it begins….the Governor EVOO 2021 harvest

At Olive Fabrica, the production facility when the Governor was born, harvest time is now under way. 

The young, unripe Lianolia variety of olives are harvested early and it is these that make it into our 'limited edition' EVOO. They contain a very small amount of oil but have the highest concentrations of healthy polyphenols particulary the anti inflammatory  Oleocanthal.

The timing of the harvest, careful harvesting methods, innovative milling all result in a extra virgin olive oil that is superior in taste and health benefits. 

We cant wait to try it! Watch this space.

Julia Bradbury’s Greek Islands

What a exciting start to the year! The Governor Mill was thrilled to be featured on ITV in Julia Bradbury’s recent travel series. Bringing some sunshine into our living rooms this January Julia did a fantastic interview with the producers George and Spyros. Conducted up a 1500 year old olive tree where they used to play as young boys was one of Julia’s favourite interview locations she has ever done. If you haven't had a chance to see it please do give it a watch. It’s a chance to explore the authentic side of Corfu and be see a glimpse into The Governor mill, the birthplace of this great extra virgin olive oil.Catch it on the ITV hub, episode 2 Corfu. The Governor also made a appearance on Jeremy vine on 5, GMB and Sunday brunch.