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Thursday, 7 June 2012

Restaurants and Rylstone Olive Oil

Last night, together with good friends from Brisbane we dined at Apollo in Potts Point. Chefs are Jonathon Barthelmess previously Manly Pavilion and Sam Christie of Longrain. and both have Greek heritage. Menu is a contemporary take on the Greek food we are used to. Plates are to be shared and every dish was absolutely delicious. Loved the  pasta braised oxtail in tomato with skordalia, also the pigs tail salad of walnuts, currants, pomegranate and farro mmmm. We did have a wild weed and cheese pie their version of a spanakopita and slow cooked lamb leaning towards the more traditional Greek. A really buzzy space, with exposed concrete beams, uncovered tables and beautiful arched windows surrounding the restaurant. To top off the evening a bit of star spotting, Nicole and Keith were dining at the next table. Apparently they had also dined there the night before, obviously they loved the restaurant as much as we did.
I have just taken another delivery of Rylstone Olive Oil. I love this oil so much I thought it high time I tell you about it. The olives are grown on the NSW central tablelands in an area very similar to Tuscany. High altitude, consistent rainfall and hot summers, they are grown with no herbicides or synthetic fertilisers at any stage of cultivation.
Rylstone has a long list of medals to its name.  The olives are pressed in the regions premier organic only  press at Rylstone, where owner and grower Jayne Bentivoglio sets a very high standard. Jayne is now instrumental in guiding the Australian Organic Olive Oil industry.
The oil comes in three varieties, as follows

Rylstone Australian Organic
Green apple aromas with a pleasant bitterness. Great for salad dressings

Rylstone Olive Press Cudgegong
Medium grass aromas with medium bitterness. Use with a dukkah and crusty bread for dipping

Rylstone Olive Press Crooked River
Herbal aromas with a stronger but balanced bitterness. Drizzle over toasted sourdough topped with tomato and a goats feta, or a seafood pasta or risotto.

Seriously I just use it on anything and everything! Give it a try. Website is rylstoneolivepress.com.au or you can call Prue on 0413 614100 to order some of this delicious olive oil.

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