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  • TASTE / Cherry Season

    At the end of this month the cherries start to appear at many markets in Northern Italy. the area in and around the town of Marostica is particularly famed for its 'ciliegia'. The story begins in 1454, when the governor's daughter, Leonora had two suitors for her hand in marriage. The governor Parisio promised his daughter to the winner of a living chess game. This game was played in Marostica city centre, where people took the parts of the chess pieces and the first cherry trees were planted that year in commemoration of the event. The chess game is re-enacted every other year in September. The cherry obviously took a liking to the potassium rich Marostica soil as the area became well known for many of its own varieties, including the Sandra of Marostica- named after the Roman farmer that first produced it, Durona, Milanese, Morettina, Red Durone, and Biggareau. There are over 15 varieties and 100 producers in total in the region. The Marostica cherries were also the first in Italy to have been awarded their own IGP (Protected Geographical Indication) status. Coming from just a little further south is the Amarena, grown in Bologna and Modena. This sour, wild black cherry was developed at the turn of the 20th century by Gennaro Fabbri . His wife, Rachele, had a store in Portomaggiore, near to a wild cherry orchard. After picking the cherries she would cook them in copper pots with sugar. To thank her for this delicious creation, Gennaro bought her a ceramic jar as a gift. The white and blue ceramic jar became the first of many that were then used to store the cherries in syrup when Fabbri and Rachele started their family company. The business is still family owned and is highly regarded in Italy. We enjoy hiding a couple of Amarena cherries on our platters and had so many enquiries about them that we now stock the beautiful ceramic jars filled with them at the deli. They make such a beautiful gift, just as Fabbri intended! Amarena are served typically in Italy with ice cream but there are many ways to enjoy them. Here are a couple of our favourite: - They are absolutely delicious served with our creamy gorgonzola on top of toasted bread bruschetta. Add a drizzle of balsamic glaze too if you like. - A single cherry and some syrup on top of panna cotta or a spoonful side by side! Find lots more recipes here, some are quite surprising! Our Recipe for Vegan Amarena Brownie cake 240g 70% cocoa chocolate, we used Grezzo Leone 90ml olive oil 400ml cherry syrup from jar and water mix (adjust according to to taste, 50/50 works for us) 180g plain flour 50g cocoa powder 1/2 tsp salt Cherries to decorate Heat oven to 160 degrees and line a 20cm square baking tin Melt the chocolate in bowl above simmering water then mix in and warm through the oil. Mix and warm through the water and syrup mix in a pan until it is blended then pour into the chocolate mix and whisk until combined Whisk in the flour, cocoa powder and salt. Pour and smooth the brownie batter into the tin Cook for around 30 minutes, ensuring it stays moist in the middle. Allow to cool then top with more of the syrup from the jar and decorate with the Amarena Raffaele and I enjoyed making these! For a more polished (non-vegan) version we have some Amarena topped brownie boxes in the shop this weekend, as well as the cherry pots if you want to try out some recipes of your own.

  • STYLE / Super Simple Packing

    Now we can stay away from home again you may have a UK trip planned in the near future. We've been lucky enough to have a couple of nights away staying at a gorgeous 1950s caravan in Langport at Withy Cottages and another planned at Sea Grove in Cornwall later in the month. It felt like such a long time since I'd packed a suitcase I was delighted that some of the latest shop arrivals could give me a hand for some really easy packing. These slippers are absolutely perfect for a stay away because they are soft and totally foldable - just roll them up and pop them in suitcase to keep toes cosy and clean whilst away. They are made from bamboo viscose and organic cotton with a fluffy recycled polyester lining and a tropical plant print. They are also easy to wash and care for in the machine to keep them looking great. We also have this organic cotton hammam style towel which is so easy to pick up and carry to beach or pool in its bag, as well as folding up nice and small in your suitcase. You could also add a Lavender bag, which won't take up much space in your case but will keep your belongings beautifully perfumed. I also like keep one with me for staying relaxed on the journey. I've been talking a lot about these pyjamas on social media, simply because they are so lovely you will just want to keep them on all day, perfect for relaxing in your hotel room. Made from Ecovero, they are soft and cool for summer evenings and there is plenty of room in their carry bag for other small bits too, perfect for popping into a handbag for an overnight stay. There is even a special offer on at the moment - £10 off with the code SUMMERSLEEP With these past few chillier mornings we don't think its time to leave the socks at home just yet, these bunny socks come in their own bag which keeps them stored neatly together in your case. Where are your favourite UK stays?

  • TASTE / Asparagus

    We will soon be approaching the season for asparagus. Stefano's home town and the place where we met is famed for its white asparagus, a sweeter and smoother variety. The fairytale goes a little like this... "Originating from the shores of the River Brenta the story of the white asparagus began in the 1500's when Bassano was hit with a hailstorm. The crop was destroyed, forcing the farmers to harvest the part that was underground, still white from a lack yet of sunlight. Upon tasting the asparagus the farmer was amazed by how tasty and tender it was, and so began to cultivate it underground as regular practice." However. it appears more likely that the white asparagus was first introduced from Egypt and in finding a natural affinity with the soil in these region flourished! In easier times we would bring huge jars of Nonna's white asparagus 'agro-dolce' preserved in oil and vinegar home with us to see us through the year until our next trip! The green asparagus that we are more familiar with here in the UK, is also popular however and in Italy both varieties are typically served with eggs. Asparagi alla Bassanese 1 kg asparagus (ideally white but green is also good!) 8 organic eggs Olive oil A good wine vinegar 1.Remove the ends of the asparagus and peel away any fibres. Prepare by bringing a covered pan of water to the boil and simmering gently for 10 minutes- more or less depending on your preferred texture. Incidentally, Stefano says that white asparagus should be kept in water from picking until cooking to retain maximum freshness and are also cooked upright where possible. To try this method, tie them in bundles with string and place in a pot with enough water to leave the tips uncovered. When boiling add a couple of pinches of salt, then stand in the bundles, cooking for at least 15 minutes until they feel tender. 2. Prepare the eggs by adding to a simmering pan and remove after 6/7 minutes to keep the yolk reasonably soft. Run under cold water and peel. 3. Mash the eggs with a fork and season with salt, pepper, oil and a splash of vinegar. 4. Dip them tip first into the egg and eat!

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  • Opening Times | Olive and Rosy | Somerset

    OPENING TIMES If you would like to experience our authentic Italian deli or try on something from our sustainable clothing collection the shop is open: ​ Any day until 7pm by appointment (browsing welcome) or to click and collect. Just send us a message to book a time. Monday 9-12 Thursday 9-12 Friday 9-12 Saturday - 9-4 ​ Please follow our social media for any updates or changes. We recommend contacting us first if making a special trip from a distance. On Saturdays and Sundays this year you can find us at several of the Eat festivals across Somerset and at the monthly Taunton Independent Market. On Thursdays and Fridays we are occasionally at the markets in Ilminster and Langport.

  • Made in Italy | Somerset | Olive and Rosy

    CIAO! Welcome to the website for Olive and Rosy in North Street, Wellington, Somerset ​ ​ Our shop is divided into two distinct areas of hand- curated delights inspired by Italy; The Chamber of Style upstairs and the Chamber of Taste downstairs. ​ We believe in slow food, slow fashion and telling the stories behind our products. Explore our site to find out a little more about us, the experiences we offer or shop from our product range. ​ Home delivery is free for all orders over £80 (excluding wine crates) and on all clothing. ​ COVID SERVICES UPDATE ​ From 12th April both the deli and the boutique are open. See our current times . We continue to take appointments or offer Click and Collect any day until 7pm. Just send us a message using the details below and we can arrange a time slot for you. here ​ ​ Deli boards and boxes are available for collection on any day and delivery at weekends. Please let us know 24 hours beforehand what you would like. ​ We are offering free delivery in Wellington within walking distance of the shop, with an extended area service at weekends. Select 'Collect in Store' at checkout but add a note if you would prefer us to deliver. ​ Our usual postal delivery services continue. ​ Thank you so much for continuing to support us. S&R ​ ​ Don't forget to f ollow us on social media for our latest news and announcements ​ ​ See our specials

  • Shop Taste | Somerset | Olive and Rosy

    SLOW FOOD Our Chamber of Taste offers authentic food and wines mainly from the North East of Italy. We source several products to cater for gluten-free and vegan diets. Please contact us if you would like further information on any of the products in our range. ​ Delivery is currently free for orders over £80 (excluding cases of wine). ​ Our Deli Counter range is only available for local delivery or collection. Find out more about some of our cheeses and here here. ​ tHE pANTRY artisan CHEESE DELI COUNTER WINES AND BEER DIGESTIVO

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