Top Five Ingredients For A Well-Stocked Summer Pantry (And Why Extra Virgin Olive Oil Is Number One!)
Summer is here and it’s a time to have fun outside and enjoy all the fresh flavours and aromas of this magical culinary season. But what do you need to have in your store cupboard throughout the season to help you make the most of your fresh produce? At Morocco Gold, we believe that a quality extra virgin olive oil is one of the most important summer essentials for versatility, health and flavour. And, if you already have your own bottle, why not introduce a friend to the wonders of extra virgin olive oil. Their salads, roasts and dressings will thank you for it!
The Top Five Summer Pantry Essentials
1/ A quality, single source extra virgin olive oil
When it comes to choosing which olive oil gets pride of place in your store cupboard, it really is worth going the extra mile with your research as not all oils are the same! An ultra-premium quality single source, cold pressed extra virgin olive oil is worth its weight in gold – or liquid gold as it’s known in Morocco! And Morocco Gold really is in a class of its own. Incredibly versatile, its luscious fresh fruity taste can be enjoyed on its own, dipped in bread, with salads and used to make your cooking extra delicious.
Extra virgin olive oil is not just a great accompaniment to salads and hot food, it’s great for those with a sweet tooth too as it can be used as a baking ingredient and even drizzled on ice cream! And finally, research has shown that polyphenols in extra virgin olive oil have a massive and positive impact on health. It is packed with health boosting compounds called polyphenols, which are recommended by doctors to help ward off many common diseases, including cardiovascular disease and cancer.
And, if you already have your own supply of extra virgin olive oil, why not refer a friend to Morocco Gold and receive 10% off your own next purchase. Or, better still, treat your loved ones to a gift of liquid gold for health!
2/ Capers and anchovies
According to The Montreal Gazette, it’s a good idea to keep cans of good-quality anchovy fillets on hand to add a salty note to homemade pizza topped with cheese and sliced tomatoes or zucchini flowers. They are nice mashed with lemon juice and garlic for rubbing on fish while grilling or as a quick crostino topping. The Gazette’s Susan Semenak adds:
“For a light salmon tartare, I add a couple of tablespoons of chopped pickled capers to a dressing that also includes 2 tablespoons olive oil, a handful of chopped fresh dill and parsley, a pinch of sea salt and freshly ground pepper, a tablespoon each of lemon juice and white wine vinegar – all of it tossed with a pound or so of the freshest salmon fillet, chopped by hand into small cubes.
And I really like salsa verde to serve alongside grilled meats and poultry or to slather onto the perfect summertime BLT to give it zing. This herby green sauce, as Italians make it, marries handfuls of fresh herbs with garlic, pickled capers and salty anchovy fillets.”
3/ A Good Range Of Quality Pasta
Quite obvious this one, but when it comes to providing almost endless supplies of budget friendly, energy boosting versatile and quick dishes, there are few food products that work harder for us than pasta! Whether it’s spaghetti, linguine, fusilli or macaroni, there are lots of great whole-grain and low sodium options out there to choose from.
And the really great news for Morocco Gold fans? There are very few pasta recipes that do not benefit from pairing with a quality extra virgin olive oil – either included in the cooking process or drizzled on top of the finished dish!
4/ Canned Tuna or other oily fish
Just like extra virgin olive oil, fish like tuna and sardines are packed with healthy fats called omega-3 fats, which are great for brain and heart health. Just one can of tuna is also a great source of protein and a wide range of vitamins and minerals including potassium, phosphorus and choline. And do not underestimate just how much can be achieved with a humble can of tuna – check out these recipes for inspiration!
5/ Canned Beans
Similarly to canned fish, any self-respecting summer pantry must have a good range of canned beans! Not just a staple for vegan or vegetarian diets, beans such as chickpeas, cannellini and kidney beans are an excellent protein source for your meat-free meals or to add the healthiest of carbohydrates to your meat dishes.
High in fiber, vitamin B, iron, phosphorus, calcium, potassium and zinc, these little wonders are an excellent choice for those looking to keep an eye on their blood pressure and cholesterol levels. And let’s face it, that should really be all of us!
So there you go – a quick run down of just some of the key essentials for your summer larder. If this has inspired you to give yours a bit of a makeover, why not start with the King of the cupboard and purchase your bottle of Morocco Gold online today!