Olives are the Marmite of the fruit world (yes, they are a fruit!), you either love them or hate them. I used to hate them and now I love them. I’ve spoken to many, many people about this and they all say the same thing, “I just kept eating them until I liked them. It was probably after the seventh time of eating them!” Over the past few years I have been trying to convince my (stubborn) other half of this, so when I was invited to an Olive it! cookery masterclass in Edinburgh, he was the prefect candidate for my plus one.

Before we begin the three-course olive based feast, I thought I’d start with some outstanding olive facts:

  • As I said above, they are a fruit!
  • Olives are healthy – approx. 37 calories for a whopping 7 olives
  • Good source of vitamin E
  • Black olives are also a good source of iron
  • Virtually cholesterol free!

So if you didn’t fancy making yourself love olives before, maybe you should!

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The class was held at the Edinburgh New Town Cookery School and run by the super talented Spanish chef Omar Allibhoy. For our start we marinated our own olives. Such simple ingredients yet such unbelievably tasty results!

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We went for a garlic and chilli marinate for the green olives and a ginger, cardamon and cinnamon marinade for the black olives. These recipes will be up on my blog soon.

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The main course was my best bet at trying to convert my fiancé into an olive lover – meatballs! They just had a sneaky little olive hiding inside.

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A pudding using olives? I hear you cry. Well yes, I thought the same. But wait, there’s more! It also had goats cheese in it! 😱 I know this sounds all kinds of wrong but we trusted Omar and were right to do so, it was yum! Plus we made our own caramel which is something I’ve always wanted to learn how to do.

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We had an absolutely fantastic evening learning from such a talented chef. We ate lots of amazing olives and I love them more than ever now.Olive recipes 20160218_185158-1

If you like the sound of these recipes or fancy marinating your own olives (you should!) then watch this space as I’ll be putting up these recipes over the next few weeks.