How do I use Olive Oil?

What??!!! you can use Extra Virgin Olive Oil in a million ways.

•in salad dressings of course!

•drizzled over fresh or cooked vegetables.

•cook with it. YES! you can. It is a myth that it has a low smoke point and cannot be used for frying  I don't recommend wasting your expensive oil on deep frying however, you could. The smoke point can also be different depending on the quality of the olive oil. If you are using a high quality, unrefined extra virgin olive oil it will have a higher smoke point than a cheaper olive oil that has been cut with other refined oils. The International Olive Council says: When heated, olive oil is the most stable fat, which means it stands up well to high frying temperatures. Its high smoke point (410ºF or 210ºC) is well above the ideal temperature for frying food (356ºF or 180ºC). The digestibility of olive oil is not affected when it is heated, even when it is re-used several times for frying.  I always saute meats or vegetables in Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

•it is a perfect way to finish a dish by drizzling on some fresh raw oil just before serving to add another layer to whatever you have cooked.

•you can substitute a beautiful fruity, mild extra virgin olive oil in baking when a recipe says use vegetable oil. Try it in carrot cake next time!

•you can substitute a beautiful fruity, mild extra virgin olive oil in baking when a recipe says use melted butter. Try it next time you make crepes!

•use it drizzled on toast or crostini instead of butter next time you make garlic bread. I always toast bagels, drizzle on some robust olive oil, a slice of tomato, grated Parmesano and some flaky sea salt!! try it you will love it.

•I add it to brownies for a rich, healthy option instead of butter.

•Think outside of the box!! I make a delicious Honey, Vanilla Olive Oil ice cream that is out of this world good. I have also added it to chocolate mousse.

•whenever a recipe calls for a bland refined oil like Canola replace it with a medium flavoured extra virgin instead. It adds a richness that is so much better.

•next time you slice up some thin slices of beef carpaccio pour over a drizzle of robust peppery extra virgin olive oil to compliment this elegant dish. Don't be afraid of the robust oils they are addicting !!

•use it as a moisturizer! because I cook I never use moisturizers on my hands. I  just don't want it to get on my food. When my hands are dry I rub a tsp all over my hands and then run my hands under water quickly and pat dry. They have a wonderful smell and stay moist with something healthy and completely natural. Just look at Sofia Loren!! she is doing pretty nicely with olive oil as a moisturizer.

•rub some in your hair as a natural conditioner or add it to some salt and lavender for a natural body scrub. Olive oil has been used in beauty products for thousands of years.

•rinse your mouth with it as a gargle. Some people swish it for 5-20 minutes and spit out to remove bacteria from the mouth every morning (it's called oil pulling)