Andalusian Olive Oil in Prague

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Last Saturday morning was sunny and beautiful.  We decided to take advantage of the weather and walk down to the Dejvice farmer’s market and see if the selection of food on offer had improved since Mrs. NH’s visit a year or so ago.  Suffice to say, it has.

There were beautiful spring flowers, an assortment of international meats and cheeses, seafood, and even fresh pasta.  In one booth there was a friendly Czech/Spanish couple selling their olive oil from Andalusia.   Anyone who reads this blog knows that I’m a sucker for anything from Spain.  I tried their olives and both their filtered and unfiltered oils and fell in love.  We bought a bottle and proceeded to buy some fresh bread at the store and dip to our hearts content.  We have about 5 bottles of olive oil from all over Europe in our kitchen and this one certainly stands out as one of the tastiest.  It’s rich and green in flavor with just a hint on spice on the finish.

It’s nice to have a good olive oil that we don’t have to ration.  If we run out we can always walk back to get more next weekend!

Olive Oil Chocolate Chip Cookies

It’s about 25 degrees in Prague today.  I spent yesterday chopping wood and wrestling rabid Grizzly Bears so today, I did what any self-respecting bachelor stuck inside with nothing important to do would – I made cookies.  I’ve never made cookies before.  Well, at least not cookies that weren’t slice and bake.  But I had been eyeing this recipe for months, subtly dropping hints to my wife to execute it.  She didn’t.  So, I took the bull by the horns and did it myself.  Well, I’m glad I did.  The recipe was easy and the finished product was a crispy-on-the-outside, pillowy-on-the-inside cookie marvel as good as any I have eaten.  Of course, the recipe came from one of the best food blogs on the web – “Crepes of Wrath.”  Compounding the greatness of the recipe was the fact that I was all mixed, baked and cleaned up in under an hour.

Now I have three dozen awesome chocolate chip cookies sitting in the kitchen.  A bunch will go into the freezer but a bunch more will go right where they belong – into my big bachelor belly.