TEMPORARILY CLOSED

The Olive Stone is temporarily closed as we have just welcomed our second daughter, Emilia, into the world. We wish as a family to enjoy this very special time with Darcie. We will update our website and social media platforms when we decide to reopen! Thank you for your support and well wishes.

A Still Life Spring Market

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We’re so thrilled to be part of A Still Life’s second market! A wonderful intimate location with a small cluster of creative and talented individuals. (So obviously we’re thrilled pink to be asked to be involved!)

I was introduced to Vicky and Kirsty creators of A Still Life through a family friend, Elaine, whom took me to one of Vicky’s garden parties. Through that meeting Elaine and I had attended other events that Vicky hosted. All of which were creatively inspiring. I managed to meet Sally who was Davide’s and my wedding photographer. I even purchased my wedding dress at one of the wedding fairs they once hosted. Clarey and Barney of The Manor Garden who hold the most wonderful wreath workshops, which I have to attend at least one a year! Daily I am inspired by all these unique individuals and think you will be too.

So if you fancy a drive out on Saturday 25th March then you must drive along to this special market…

It’s the perfect place to pick up a beautifully unique gift for your Mum for Mother’s Day.

You can even pre order a beautiful bouquet of flowers ranging in price from £15-£40 by the super talented Kirsty of Darling & Green.

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Just click on the link below to pre-order such a beautiful floral surprise for your Mama!

MOTHERS DAY HAND-TIED BOUQUET – PRE ORDER

Other exhibitors include Vicky of The Linen Garden, who sources the most stunning floral linen and creates timelessly beautiful products ranging from bags to napkins.

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My infectiously enthusiastic and kind friend, Susannah will also be exhibiting at the event, my absolute favourite product from &Mead is the linen aprons. Obviously I wear mine with pride in the bakery!

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That’s just to name a couple of the exhibitors!

And of course, I will be there with some goodies from The Olive Stone and you will be able to have a seat while you took into one of our special financiers and a good brew! (And natter!)

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Hollie Monteleone

 

 

Loveheart Workshops

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At the weekend, my friend Lottie came up from Worcester to visit. Both of us, love crafts and spent most of our university days knitting, sewing and baking. Lottie is planning her wedding to Lewis next year so I decided to organise a trip to Loveheart Workshops, owned by Alison, a wonderful friend and regular visitor to The Olive Stone.

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Oh and what fun we had!

Alison is a very enthusiastic and inspiring lady. Her passion for pottery and art is infectious! Lottie and I left the workshop in a creative daze and could have spent the whole day making pretty clay decorations!

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 We made vases and cute decorations. Lottie has created a wonderful ring dish for their wedding day too. 

There are boxes upon boxes of cutters and stamps. Allowing you to create the most unique gifts and decorations.

Alison organises weekly pottery, art, felting and even book making classes so take a look at her website http://www.loveheartworkshops.co.uk/home or search for Loveheart Workshops on Facebook. We had a private booking on Saturday. It would be great also for hen or birthday parties.

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Our pieces were waiting for the kiln when we left so when they are all finished, we will share the finished articles when we pick them up! Thanks again Alison!

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The Simplest Rice Pudding

This is my Mam’s favourite! Rice Pudding reminds me of many fond family memories. I always remember my Grandma making rice pudding on a Saturday and it was a real treat, classically baked in the oven. Even at primary school I remember when rice pudding was available for dessert it was so exciting. You used to be able to add strawberry or chocolate flavouring, making the rice turn either pink or brown!

However now, I love mine with lots of freshly grated nutmeg and strangely enough, lemon zest! So I am going to share my super simple recipe for my baked rice pudding. It would be perfect for a dinner party and it lasts for a good few days in the fridge.

 

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Celeriac

HAPPY NEW YEAR

2017! Where has the time gone?!

I promise this year to make the time to share recipes, travelling adventures and places Davide and I recommend to visit!

Starting today I’m sharing a super simple recipe for Celeriac Coleslaw!

A humble yet tasty vegetable. I must say as unfortunate as it is, I have never previously bought a celeriac. I have come across many recipes before but only recently when having lunch out, I tried it for the first time!

Celeriac Coleslaw 

One Celeriac 

6 Tbsp Mayonnaise

1 Tbsp Dijon Mustard 

Juice of half a Lemon

Salt and Pepper

  1. Remove the skin of the celeriac using a sharp knife or a vegetable peeler. Rub a little lemon juice over the celeriac to stop it turning brown in colour.
  2. Cut into thin slices, then cut into long matchstick strips. (I cheated and used a mandoline and then  I cut into matchstick strips.)
  3. Put the celeriac matchsticks into a bowl and mix with the mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, lemon juice and add salt & pepper to your taste.  

Perfect to accompany pie, quiche or even a fancy burger. Of course, we had ours with some homemade Olive Stone pie!

Buon appetito!

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Happy 2016!

Happy New Year!

 

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We hope you all had a fabulous Christmas. We certainly did! Eating and testing plenty new recipes in preparation for new creations for The Olive Stone.

One of the favourites had to be a gluten free chocolate, walnut and chambord torte!

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It’s mouth-wateringly good!

Anyway back to The Olive Stone, this month at the bakery we are going to have a change of menu so watch out for new sandwich combinations in addition to a refreshed pizza menu!

imageHave a special celebration in 2016? Order your cake from The Olive Stone. Speak to Hollie for bespoke cake orders. Remember Julia Childs always said, ‘a party without cake is just a meeting.’