Author: Giles | June 18th, 2013
Way back over Easter, Annie and I took a quick trip to Tuscany for a spot of truffle hunting and general pasta scoffing and we stayed with our friend Ann Alexander who’s restored a beautiful house in the centre of Montisi, a wonderful medieval hilltop village about 40 minutes south of Siena.
The scenery was stunning and the food perfectly “olivey” – antipasti dripped with flavour, cheeses to die for, glorious wines, from the rich reds of Montalcino and Montepulciano to…
Author: Giles | May 13th, 2013
Riding on the joy and success of participating in British Sarnie Week we thought we should check out some more “Occasional Dates” and boy did we find some… Occasional Dates are those wonderfully British (and International) eclectic collection of “Awareness Days” that seem to happen almost every week. Just for fun I think we’re going to try and celebrate as many as possible – here’s a taster of what we found:
The merry month of May sees International Donkey Week (7th - 14th), National…
Author: Giles | May 13th, 2013
Yup! It’s true! This week is British Sandwich Week and our Deli’s are getting right into the thick and thin of it… The Shed at Poundbury Garden Centre and The Shop at HQ in Sturminster have trawled the world for recipes so come in and taste some classic sarnies from across the globe including (but not limited to)….
Chorizo, Mozzarella and Putney grilled in a Panini
The “Aphrodite” (or “Aphro-Bite Me”!! – too silly?)
Houmous, Feta, Olive and Tomato…
Author: Giles | March 17th, 2013
Dubai is just the most totally and utterly bonkers place I have ever been – for me it was a mix of Groundhog Day and the Truman Show – everyone is beautiful with beautiful teeth, beautiful clothes, and shoes to die for (OK, so I have a minor shoe fetish), the weather is perfect, everywhere is perfect, everyone smiles, everything is immaculate but it all felt a little bit like being in a theme park - albeit the most fantastic theme park…
Author: Midge | February 22nd, 2013
This March, Spring’s definitely in the air and there’s lots going on in the Olives Et Al Delis… The Deli counters are crammed with new season goodies, good ‘ole favourites and brand new stock – and the shelves are stuffed with Easter gifts. Plus, come over to Stur next weekend (2nd March) and kick off National Pie Week with Pipers Pies and a special Pie event… See you there!
Author: Midge | January 17th, 2013
On Thursday 24th January the Potting Shed wants all those thinking caps on ready for the Olives Et Al Quiz night. It’s £12.50 per person which includes a welcome drink, a delicious grazing board and your entry. Team sizes need to be around 3 – 6 people, with a £5 deposit per person. The winning team will get heaps of Olives Et Al goodies, so book now as spaces are filling up fast!
Call the Potting Shed for more information…
Author: Midge | January 10th, 2013
The Olives Et Al Deli in Stur’s filled with gorgeous homemade soup and Simon’s fresh Focaccia for National Soup Week! Read on for details plus Simon’s Focaccia recipe and enter our compeititon to win your own Olives Et Al Focaccia Kit – worth over £30!
Author: Giles | December 23rd, 2012
Well, it’s nearly time for Santa to do his stuff and we’re busy getting ready to welcome the big bearded bundle of fun down our chimney…
So, our Shop in Stur will be open on Sunday 23rd from 10am to 3pm and then on Christmas Eve from 8.30am to 12 midday. Then we’re off to wrap a few pressies and enjoy Christmas to the full so we’re not re-opening until 2nd January 2013. The Potting Shed in Poundbury will be open Sunday 23rd 10.30am…
Author: Midge | December 18th, 2012
I know we’re all really busy this time of year but if, like me, you need an injection of Christmas Spirit, there’s something incredibly ‘festifying’ about home baking and filling the house with the smell of freshly baked gingerbread…
Author: Midge | December 7th, 2012
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