Dear GreenBites friends, neighbours and family!
The Novello has arrived!
Our farmers look back on a fabulous 2017 season and have harvested beautiful olives resulting in excellent olive oils – some of the best in the last 5 years!
You are welcome to taste this deliciously strong, bright green extra virgin OliveOil from Sicily, just pressed 2 weeks ago and many more yummy products on our harvest party on:
Sunday 26 November from 15.00-17.00 hrs
in our offices on Surinameplein 6, Amsterdam
We will be enjoying small tastings made from new products like our new black olive tapenade, our giant olives and a wild fennel pesto!
Are you a GreenBites member? Let us know via e-mail or Facebook that you are coming and we will prepare a little goodie-bag for you to take home!
P.S.1. Invite as many friends, everybody is welcome if they sign up in our Facebook event so we know how many are joining!
P.S.2: Don’t forget to check out our last stock sale items – still great OliveOil products for a low price!!!
Your Greenbites team
Combined you can make delicious sweet pastries or nice salad dressings 🙂 It gives your dishes a fresh and zesty taste!
Here some ideas how to use them together:
- Homemade infused Lemon-OliveOil
- Ladolemono (Greek lemon sauce)
- Salad dressing
Dear GreenBites friends and family!
Due to a slight delay of the deliveries of our new harvest, we had to postpone the New Harvest Party to 26th of November from 15.00 – 17.00. More information will follow soon and we hope to see there!
Oh yes, OliveOil is a staple ingredient in many soaping recipes. Homemade soap allows you to control what goes into your soap while keeping your skin soft and hydrated. There is even a recipe with 100% OliveOil which is also called “Castile” soap recipe. Although it might first seem very difficult and intimidating to make your own soap, it is worth taking the time and effort. I tried to find a simple recipe for beginners.
OliveOil Soap Recipe:
- 500 g extra virgin OliveOil
- 100 g coconut oil
- 10 g lavender essential oil
- 80 g lye
- 195 g water
- Mix your lye into your water – not the other way around. Use a recipient that can handle heat. It is best to do this step outside so that you don’t fill your house with the fumes and try not to breath them in! Once the lye has dissolved, leave the mix to cool in an area where no kids or pets have access to it.
Meanwhile, weigh and mix your olive and coconut oil. Use a large, glass bowl that has enough room for adding and mixing the other ingredients.
After the lye mixture has cooled a bit, bring it back inside and pour your oil mix into it. Mix them together gently at first.
Once your lye mix has been incorporated into your oils, you can start to blend them with a hand blender. Be careful not to spray the mixture all over! You can do this step by hand, but it supposedly will take a very long time.
When the mixture starts to thicken (like mayonnaise) after a few minutes, this stage is called “trace” and that is what you want!
Mix in essential oils of your choice.
Oil the plastic containers beforehand (to prevent sticking) and then pour the mixture into soap molds.
Cover and set aside for at least 24 hours.
After 24 hours, uncover and see if you can unmold it. If it is too soft, wait a few more hours and unmold. Put it in a cold place to help shrink it a little to help the process out. Don’t wait too long or it will be too hard to easily cut into bars.
- Cut into bars. The nice thing about making your own, is that you can decide how you want to cut them.
To let your soap dry out and harden, let set for around a month, turning every day or two at first, and then every week later on.
Enjoy your soap!
Yes, OliveOil also helps to keep you healthy outside. The oils’s antioxidants can help repair skin damage and reach deep into the pores to remove dead skin cells. It’s a natural moisturizer and can prevents pimples, blemishes, black heads and other skin conditions. So, don’t spend your money on expensive professional products, but make your own bath scrub or bath oil 😉
How to make your own bath scrub:
Mix 3 tbsp of OliveOil and 2 tbsp of coarse sea salt in a mixing bowl. Stir the ingredients well in the bowl until they are fully combined. Apply the bath scrub as an exfoliant and skin cleanser during your normal bathing routine.
How to make your own bath oil:
Adding 3 to 4 drops of OliveOil into warm bath water can help to soften skin even without the use of the exfoliant bath scrub.
Enjoy your next bath!