Daily Archives: September 17, 2014

  • Was there a time British people couldn't buy olive oil?

    The UK could be facing higher olive oil prices after a summer of droughts in Spain. But a popular notion is that there was once a time when olive oil was only available to buy at a pharmacy. How true is it, asks Tom Heyden.

    Cookery writer Elizabeth David is credited with introducing a culinary revolution in the UK, publishing A Book of Mediterranean Food in 1950. She famously told readers that olive oil – vital for many recipes – could be found in chemists where it was sold as a treatment for ear ailments, among other things.

    Today, multiple varieties of olive oil are available in every supermarket, but was it really such an exotic ingredient 60 years ago? Judy Ridgway, now an olive oil expert, wasn’t aware of it during her middle-class Manchester upbringing. “We didn’t come across olive oil at all except from the chemist,” she says. And they never cooked with it. “My mother used to rub it into her hair before she had it permed.”

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    The UK could be facing higher olive oil prices after a summer of droughts in Spain. But a popular notion is that there was once a time when olive oil was only available to buy at a pharmacy. How true is it, asks Tom Heyden. Cookery writer Elizabeth David is credited with introducing... 
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  • Greek Olive Oil concept store "Agora" wins European Business Award

    Agora fine Greek foods Wins for Greece in Prestigious European Business Awards competition supported by businesses leaders, academics, media and political representatives from across Europe.

    Agora is the first Greek Olive Oil concept store. Agora offers a variety of gourmet Greek delicacies. Alexandros Stefanidis, co-founder of agora, said “We’re very proud to be selected to represent Greece as a National Champion.

    The European Business Awards is widely recognised as the showcase for Europe’s most dynamic companies and we are now looking forward to the next round of the judging process where we can explain in more depth how we are achieving business success.”

    Adrian Tripp, CEO of the European Business Awards said: “Congratulations to agora, it is a great achievement to be named National Champion and we wish them luck in the next stage. The European Business Awards is going from strength to strength, inspiring businesses to greater success and helping to improve the competitive edge of companies across Europe.”

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    Agora fine Greek foods Wins for Greece in Prestigious European Business Awards competition supported by businesses leaders, academics, media and political representatives from across Europe. Agora is the first Greek Olive Oil concept store. Agora offers a variety of gourmet Greek... 
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