Brockley: It's all about oil

And, in a throwback to a darker political era, we got this - slightly baffling - request from Jacqui via email today:

"I wonder if anyone knows of a freight ( not sure if that the right word) company that can collect my friends' olive oil in Spain. I would like to bring over a barrel for the delight of all and sundry in Brockley and beyond, but need to know a): how do we get an acutal barrel and b) the name of a company that ships from Andalucia.

Look forward to some enlightenment!"

We don't really know what to say.

88 comments:

Anonymous said...

Never understood the obsession with cooking oils... just use standard veg. Or lard.

lb said...

Perhaps a bit of simple web searching would help?

Brought up this for example.

Barrels should be easy to obtain, in Spain or anywhere else.

The Cat Man said...

just type in 'inporter exporter' into google and take it from there.

Luckily there are no import duties to pay from spain. If there was, then it would another task to decide what to classify the import (e.g. 'samples' do not pay import duty although actual delivery of goods do, partially made goods have lower duties etc....).

A top top for anyone importing outside of the EU, if you only need one item if possible get it classified as a 'sample' to pay lower transaction costs.

max said...

I'm afraid you're both wrong, for this kid of oil only donkey and cart would do.

lb said...

It might have some difficulty getting across the Channel, in that case.

Anonymous said...

anon: extra virgin olive oil ( esp if good) makes a really tasty salad dressing with balsamic vinegar and maybe salt.

olive oil generally is lower in saturated fats and high in monounsaturated fats which are less likely to stick to your arteries and lead to heart disease. It can be good for the heart,in small amounts, and countries where the consumption of olive oil is higher tend to have fewer heart attacks and strokes. (their diet is healthier with more fish, fish oils, fresh fruit and veg)

lard, butter and standard veg oil (depending on what it is made of) are high in saturated fats and cholesterol, more likely to clog arteries and contribute to cause of heart disease.

people want to cook with something and not feel guilty. however, the price of some olive oil in this country is ridiculous.

13:24 said...

A cooking tip. A chef of my acquaintance was taught to eschew the extra virgin stuff, as it's too easy to overheat and burn, and consequently ruin the flavour of the dish. For most cooking he uses bog-standard vegetable. Mind you, that's in a professional kitchen where there's a lot to concentrate on.

Obviously, this doesn't hold for vinaigrettes, drizzling, and the like.

Headhunter said...

Anon 13.38 - You're not supposed to fry yer sausages and deep fry your chips in extra virgin! It's meant to be lightly drizzled over salads or veg or whatever. I love it on toast rather than butter. really good olive oil has that beautiful fresh, grassy flavour.

As the other anon says, it's full of mono unsaturates (as are other oils like linseed oil, nut oils etc). Veg oils often have high levels of poly unsats which are the next best thing, but lard is just saturated fat, good n proper! The only thing worse are trans fats like hydrogenated veg oil used in ready made supermarket meals etc, they're banned outright in some countries like Denmark.

However all this goes out of the window if you cook with it. Mono and poly unsaturates are highly susceptible to damage from heat and mostly turn to saturates if you fry with them and if you re-use the oil to fry chips over and over again for example, the concentration of saturated fat gets even higher

MB said...

Rape seed oil is intersting to cook with, Actually I think the question may be from an internet scammer who thinks we're all too sophisticated to fall for the "Nigerian dicatator wanting to deposit $10m in your account" ploy.

max said...

"however, the price of some olive oil in this country is ridiculous."

I agree to a point with that statement. There are some brands that are popular in this country and unknown in those they pretend to come from (and I mean the likes of Napolina, a completely British thing, never seen in Italy) that keep extravagant prices for no reason whatsoever but Extra Virgin Olive Oil is a rather expensive ingredient everywhere you go, even in oil producing countries.
Quality Extra Virgin costs a packet because it's a precious ingredient. You get what you pay.
There is Extra Virgin Olive Oil that's not that that tasty and is very affordable (still quite good for your health) and there is the precious stuff that costs a packet for a reason.

I too use rapeseed oil for cooking (that's vegetable oil at Coop) and Extra Virgin for dressing but about it burning whilst cooking that's true only at very high temperature, like in deep fries.

monkeyboy said...

fry some chicken in a little olive oil and butter with some sage leaves. Propper food.

Anonymous said...

Fry some chicken in a vat of rendered vegetable fats, serve with freshly fried, chipped potatos. Brockley food.

Headhunter said...

That ain't Brockley food that's just sh*t food, available in any chav town centre in the UK. What food does Brockley specialise in other than the previously discussed rhubarb "fertilised with night soil"?

The Cat Man said...

Organic fair trade mung bean tea?

headhunter said...

Hmmm, I don't think so. Despite what people think here, Brockley is a tiddler in the "organic mung bean tea" market. Places like Balham and Clapham for example have a multitude of organice, free trade cafes, delis and even small supermarkets and don't even get me started on Chelsea, Kensington, Islington and even our neighbour East Dulwich.

Brockers needs a lot more cafes and trendy delis before it can claim this as its own.

With all the missing cat signs around, perhaps our local food is cat chow mein, or cat chop suey?

The Cat Man said...

meaow

I do find the frequency alarmingly high. :o(

Anonymous said...

Oh dear, that term 'chav' again. So thoughtless.

Headhunter said...

What's wrong with chav? I'm afraid I don't see the problem of using "chav" as a derogatory term any more than the word "idiot", or decribing someone as "stupid". I admit, it isn't a compliment but life's tough. Get over it.

Anonymous said...

certainly not as bad as calling someone an Australian.

Anonymous said...

Oh God. Here we go again.

fred vest said...

"What's wrong with chav? I'm afraid I don't see the problem of using "chav" as a derogatory term any more than the word "idiot", or decribing someone as "stupid"."

one of the last acceptable bigotries in society today (at least acceptable in the mainstream liberal world view)is that against the white working class.

if a similar type word/phrase was used in such a derogatory way towards groups of black/asian/chinese youths there would (correctly) be an outrage against it, but it seems that stereotyping is acceptable as long as it's done in relation to particular groups and not others - nice consistency of logic that

ps you actually used the phrase chav town, so not sure how your explanation of chav being synomonous with stupid/idiot works - would you call a stupid black person a chav for example? if not why not?

Headhunter said...

We probably shouldn't get into this, but is "chav" really restricted to whites? I have never taken it as so, I would happily call a black, Chinese or American Indian a chav (not to their face), if I thought they were. Does anyone else take chav to be restricted to white people? If so, you have a point and I will stop using it, however as far as I am concerned, chavs can come from anywhere.

I only pointed out the words "stupid" and "idiot" because they are other derogatory words with no bias toward race, gender, sexuality or any other category as far as I'm concerned.

As I said, as far as I am concerned it is a light insult. Just as others here talk about some inhabitants of Brockley as white, middle class, mung bean eaters in a negative light...

Anonymous said...

I've never ever seen "chav" as whites-only phenomenon.

fred vest said...

maybe i'm wrong, but i've only ever seen it in relation to whites

try searching chav in google images for example or looking at any of those chav websites however and it certainly gives the impression that the recipiant of this lovely sterotypical term are people of no-colour (that's a pun by the way on the phrase 'people of colour')

fabhat said...

I think Fred Vest is right - it's a term of insult generally used like white trash is in the states:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chav

The fabian society also talked about this in depth this year...

http://fabians.org.uk/publications/extracts/chav-offensive

lb said...

"Just as others here talk about some inhabitants of Brockley as white, middle class, mung bean eaters in a negative light"

And so what? By the standards of the measures of success used by British society, these people have already won. Their values are those of the establishment, such as it is.

The people labelled "chavs" in the popular media, on the other hand, are largely devoid of hope. Why kick people when they're already down? They're already doing a good enough job on themselves, finishing the work that our country's class system has started.

Speaking out said...

I just thinks its a really nasty word, it's code for a certain range of people, the white working class. Its not a neutral word like idiot or stupid. I wouldn't have felt the need to comment if it was. It just seems strange that that word is accepted here when other epithets that deride a range of people wouldn't be.

Brockley Nick said...

It's not a term to deacribe all white working class people (although some misuse it as such) it is a descriptor of a certain subculture - people who have relatively little money but are into ostentatious fashion branding (eg burberry) and other displays of "wealth", such as lots of gold jewellery.

In this use (rather than its historic connection to romany gypsies)it's no more racist than describing someone as emo.

When it's co-opted by minor royals or daily mail journalists who find it frightfully amusing to dress up as chavs for parties or "investigative pieces" it is most decidedly offensive - to us all.

But this must make about ten times that this subject has been discussed on the site...

Headhunter said...

Hmmm, seems that a few people here believe it does have a race bias. The Fabian Soc clearly does so possibly you're right, but I think the juriy's still out.

As for kicking people when they're down and the white middle class mung bean eaters having somehow "won", I'm afraid that sounds like a load of tosh.

I would probably be categorised as a member of the latter group, however I certainly don't feel I have "won" anything! I live in a 2 bed conversion flat in Brockley and I love my life, but quite frankly when I have a few mill in the bank, a few properties across the world and don't have to work I'll feel I have "won"

A chav as far as I am/was concerned reflects some brainless, narrow minded idiot (of any race, creed or sexuality) with violent tendencies. I'm guessing someone like that wouldn't ask questions before kicking someone when they're down!

fred vest said...

well we have a usage of it above to describe a whole town

i.e.

"available in any chav town centre in the UK"

fred vest said...

my reply above was to nick, but i think it suits to headhunters last comment as well

Speaking out said...

The word isn't racist, it's just socially offensive. Trevor Phillips wrote an article recently highlighting how white working class have been overlooked over past 30 years since race relations acts started to be implimented. We all have to be mindful of the language we use. If I'm talking to someone and they start dropping the word "chav" in conversation they are going to know about it because I personally do not find it an acceptable term to refer a range of people. I would hope that the person I'm speaking with is intelligent and articulate enough say specifically what they mean rather than code. I that word, fine.

Nick, with all terms there is 'definition creep', conotation. Wayne Rooney and his wife were described as dressing in "chav" chic. Wayne Rooney has 'relatively little money" only in relation to someone like Bill Gates. That word is about keeping people in their place socially. It is backward, it is everything that is stultifying about British society.

Brockley Nick said...

Speaking out: I agree about definition creep and to a certain extent about reinforcing class boundaries.
On the other hand, if someone thinks burberry track suits and chunky sovereign rings are in bad taste, it's not racist to describe the wearer as chavvy.

From Julie Burchill said...

Julie Burchill
WHEN I was first asked by Sky One to make a documentary about the chav phenomenon, it’s fair to say that I had reservations. Even to use the word seemed, to me, something like spitting in the face of 99 per cent of the people I’ve ever loved — rednecks all, with just a few rogue toffs and bourgie slacker-boys thrown in.
But it wasn’t just a moral objection — vanity played a part too. For I’ve noticed that calling people “chavs” says far, far more about the caller than it does the called. And, amusingly, it pinpoints the exact area which the name-caller is most anxious about. Thus individuals who aren’t getting any good lovin’ will hiss on ceaselessly about how slaggy chavs are; those who know that secretly their job is one long duck, dive’n’skive (journalists are particularly culpable here) will bang on about how idle chavs are; and those who stayed in long and expensive educations yet are earning less before tax per annum than Wayne Rooney spends on valet parking each year will be rather cross about how much money he pulls in with no help from anyone but his rather clever feet. In the end, as a loved-up, honestly idle, uneducated, filthy rich guttersnipe, I just couldn’t resist the call of the old neighbourhood. “I embrace the common — Iexplore and sit at the feet of the familiar, the low,” said the great thinker Emerson. So I did, too — and thoroughly enjoyed it.

Speaking out said...

Nick are you strawmanning me. Look at my previous post and what I wrote with regards to race and that term.

Brockley Nick said...

Quoting julie birchill in any discussion is as pointless as quoting Richard Littlejohn.

fred vest said...

@ speaking out

i agree, although it's interesting to see that some people seem to think bigotry is ok as long as it's not racist bigotry

as for trevor philiips it's ironic that someone who has championed and led the disastorous socially divisive policy of multiculturalism (which only serves to divide further and grow suspicion amongst different groups in society and celebrates difference itself as an end in itself, rather than celebrating having freedoms which then may lead or may not lead towards differences) seeing the failure of multiculturalism but then responding to it in the same tunnel visioned manner that lead to those disasters in the first place, i.e. all groups have to be parcelled up based on ethnicity/race so in the world of official multiculturalism a millionaire muslim business man has more in common with an unemployed muslim in bradford than he does with a millionaire white business man, which is patent nonsense and speaks nothing of the real material existence of any of these people.

the recent bbc series about the white working class was again an example of people starting to see the folly of the policy of multiculuralism and the problems it brings, but still respond to the problem in the very manner and type of way that lead to the problem in the first place. it's the same old story, approach class based problems with race based solutions. it may have moved a bit so we now have white working class (which just plays into the hands of the BNP), but why not just be honest and talk about the working class and the problems that working class peolpe have, access to decent housing, health, education, standard of living etc.., but no we have the white working class, and then the black or asian community (i.e. the millionaire business man and the bradford youth all lumped in as one), never the black working class, or the asian working class or the working class. it's all about divide & patronise

Brockley Nick said...

I'm not strawmanning, I'm just reiterating my original point. I agree with you, it is offensive and it has been redefined almost to the point where where it has ceased to be a useful word, because everyone has a slightly different understanding of what it actually means.

Exhibit a: this conversation and many, many others on the blog.

lb said...

"I live in a 2 bed conversion flat in Brockley and I love my life"

Strikes me that you're doing OK, then. For all the manifold opportunities of life in Britain nowadays, a large proportion of "chavs" in "chav towns" occupy poor-quality housing, have access only to relatively poor-quality schooling, to poor-quality food, and are presented with fewer escape routes. They will, on average, live several years less than either of us. Where you put the blame on this largely depends on your socio-political outlook, but you can't deny they're not exactly enjoying our sophisticated metropolitan lifestyle in towns like Corby or Cumbernauld.

On the other hand, your tastes and aspirations are those of the media and establishment, for the most part.

"I'm guessing someone like that wouldn't ask questions before kicking someone when they're down"

Perhaps, but most of the people they'd be 'kicking' would be from the same sort of background. Young, poor men are overwhelmingly the victims of violent crime as well as the instigators. If you're content enough to let them stew in this cycle of poverty and violence, why point and laugh on top of that?

fred vest said...

@ nick

"On the other hand, if someone thinks burberry track suits and chunky sovereign rings are in bad taste, it's not racist to describe the wearer as chavvy."

out of interest what would you call a black youth who was wearing something that you thought 'bad taste? (jeans down at their knees for example? or those baseball caps with big sheet like stuff coming out the back of them, or wearing a massive clock round their neck?)

Bea said...

Yawn... not this old debate again.

For those who can’t help themselves just look up the thread on “Increased Security At Stephen Lawrence Centre” and the debate on pikey / chav ! That should keep you nicely infuriated.

Brockley Nick said...

Fred, if you were moved to comment at all, you might call them a gangsta rapper. And that's not racist either. Neither's calling someone in deck shoes and a pink shirt a chinless wonder or a sloane ranger. Or calling someone a yuppy, a yummy mummy, a trot or a hippy. These are class / cultural labels, not racial ones.

Ps- I think flava flav is the only person who wears a big clock round his neck.

Pps - I like gangsta fashion and wish I could carry it off.

Headhunter said...

Yeah I'm done with this. As far as I'm concerned, chav is just another insulting word and insults have existed since time immemorial and will continue on ad infinitum no matter whether people like Fred Vest, LB or Speaking Out think it may hurt people's feelings. I have been called names and I have called people names. I return to my original point. Get over it.

fred vest said...

"Fred, if you were moved to comment at all"

well you seemed keen to be moved to comment on the acceptability of pointing out and laughing at what 'chavs' wear so not sure why you've modified your tone on the matter when we're talking about non-whites

"These are class / cultural labels, not racial ones"

this goes back to my point i made earlier, bigotry/lazy stereotypes seems to be ok as long as it's not racial bigotry/lazy sterotypes

no one can change their race and very few people can change their class so i do fine it curious at times as to why bigotry/sterotyping in relation to the former is unacceptable but in relation to the latter it seems to be open house

Anonymous said...

Fred, nick did no such thing.

Speaking out. said...

Headhunter far from hurting my feelings. That word damages you. Julie Burchill is on point with her comment. The people that use the word chav are social inadequates. The don't feel comfortable in their own life but in order to do so they look down on others. You said as much.

It is a word of contempt for a range of people. You have been told numerous this word is a nasty, hate word, but you appear unable to move on from it indeed unable to get over it. That's your failing.

drakefell debaser said...

Type chav into iTunes and listen to the chav song, nothing offensive there, albeit it is annoying. Indeed there are proud chavs around and they are not confined to the working classes. I see chavs just the same as goths and emos, a group identifiable by their choice of fashion. Teddy Boys, Skin Heads Mods and Rockers were the same. Chavs however are often not great ambassadors hence the stigma they attract. Skin Heads were not great ambassadors either hence the stigma they attracted.

The feature on Prescott and social class on TV showed an interesting ideal. Young lady was asked if she considered herself to be working class or middle class. She replied that she considered herself as middle class. Why was she not working class then? Her response – she didn’t work. There is a new class of society that needs to be considered, the permanent dole recipient or non working class (able to work but choose not to I hasten to add) and they are quite frankly an embarrassment to us all.

Tamsin said...

Back to oil - has anyone used sesame oil? A lovely nutty flavour, but very strong. Use it no more than half and half with something neutral in bread baking. And, of course, good beef dripping or bacon fat with BCBs (burned cruchy bits) is almost worth dying for.

Tamsin said...

I wouldn't almost as a matter of principle watch a programme fronted by Prescott but I saw that snippet on Have I Got News for You. It was brilliant. Never have I seen a politician so effectively shut up!

Monkeyboy said...

Potatoes roasted in duck or goose fat - yum! who wants to live forever anyway?

max said...

I saw Goose fat popping up on the shelves of various shops recently, I was just thinking if it's all that bad.

Headhunter said...

Roasted sesame oil is brilliant on salads, but you have to be careful not to put too much on, it has a really strong flavour. Same for using it in stir fries etc...

Goose fat and duck fat - really tasty but oh so baaaad....

Monkeyboy said...

especially for the goose.

But as we all know, a little saturated animal fats in your life is no bad thing. Eating out of the jar with a spoon - now that's bad.

....felling a little ill now.

Tamsin said...

Is it in Ruddigore that the hero is in love with a milk-maid and is reported at one point to be have been seen sitting in the dairy eating butter by the spoonful.
In the next scene he comes in saying he is feeling a little unwell!

Monkeyboy said...

just looked up ruddigore...never heard of it!Perhaps I'm the reincarnation of gilbert and/or sullivan?

Danja said...

Groundhog day/month/year.

Re goose fat and saturated fats being 'bad'. Look up heart disease rates in the Perigord where they use little else for cooking.

max said...

Shocking!

"Throughout the Southwest, the homegrown cuisine features rich, full-flavored delicacies like foie gras (the liver of a fattened goose or duck) and confit de canard (duck preserved in its own fat). Although the health-conscious might scold that these dishes are a recipe for a heart attack, studies have shown that Southwesterners actually have a low rate of heart disease and that foie gras may even play a positive role. The region is, of course, awash in red wine, which is also thought to be beneficial for the heart."

The Cat Man said...

Headhunter, when are you going to cook me a meal? I could do with some healthy nosh down my throat!

You know, in Kentucky they even have 'drive thru' dry cleaners. I have just been to a gym in downtown Frankfort - its more like a social club, not at all like the gyms around More London Place where everyone is so concentrated on getting fit. Its odd.

Monkeyboy said...

Excellent Max. A tub of goose fat, couple of bottles of red wine and 40 gauloise for me please - and hold the salad ;)

Headhunter said...

Danja, Max, MB - Yes, they consume larger quantities of duck fat than average in Périgord but looking at 1 element of their diet in isolation is not helpful. The problem with diet in the UK is that we don't eat enough of the good stuff to balance out the bad like duck and goose fat. Lard on toast on top of KFC every night followed by a Mars bar is a recipe for disaster. Red wine in relatively low quantities with fresh fruit and veg as well as a little duck/goose fat for cooking is not going to kill. I also doubt that people in Périgord use duck or goose fat to fry chips every day or eat foie gras on a daily basis.

Headhunter said...

Cat Man - Well I'm not really a very good cook and I haven't even met you! I think you should make peace with Monkeyboy, he sounds like an excellent chef...

Monkeyboy, when can we come round for some healthy Italian-esque nosh with duck and goose fat?

max said...

Today at Gennaro's I held a jar of Goose Fat in my hand, very tempting. But then I thought that moving that budget in the Extra Virgin department I could have afforded the gold standard of salad dressings. And so I did and goose fat will have to be for another time.

13:24 said...

I'm going to start-up a drive-thru gym.

13:24 said...

Headhunter. Be aware of Cat Man's coded use of the word "Nosh"..

The Cat Man said...

lol

All the World said...

I really don't understand why you fnd this request bafffling! I was just asking for info re bringing in a barrel of extra virgin olive oil from a friends farm in Spain!

How is this request a 'throwback to a darker political era'!

Jacqui

All the World said...

many thanks Ib. I have been searching the web but just couldn't find a company that would give me the info i needed. Many thanks again

All the World said...

OLIVE OIL INFO
Re your comment about a request from 'an internet scammer who thinks we're all too sophisticated to fall for the "Nigerian dicatator wanting to deposit $10m in your account" ploy. etc etc

I am not.

I am simply trying to bring some olive oil to Brockley that would be affordable for everyone.

Anonymous said...

"How is this request a 'throwback to a darker political era'!"

Post anything on this blog, and expect a response from the Brockley People's Front. Which will of course be countered by the People's Front of Brockley.

Anonymous said...

relax, it was a joke.

*Mind you if Dandelion Blue really is going down there will be many a media luvey who will sell their child's liver for some extra virgin.

*also a joke, make mine a litre.

Brockley Nick said...

Jacqui, the "darker political era" was a joke about the headline "it's all about oil" which was what the anti iraq war conspiracy theorists said was bush's motivation for going to war. I wrote the piece on the same day that obama got elected and everyone was going on about a new era in american politics, etc.

Your email was all about oil.

That was the joke.

Admittedly, a bit tortuous.

Brockley Popular People's Front said...

Question for the Oleophiles amongst you; does good olive oil have a shelf life?

If my latin above is incorrect, I'm quite prepared to write out one hundred times "Extra Virgin makes certain foods taste better" in Latin, all over Coulgate St., by tomorrow dawn.

Brockley Dogging Society said...

Olephiles looking for virgins?

I'm ringing the Mail right now!

max said...

Yes, light affects it, hence the dark colour of the bottles.
Old oil tastes stale, it doesn't become poisonous but the fresher the better.
(The Mail hates people that use olive oil, it's almost as bad as guacamole)

Monkeyboy said...

never mind all that.....Dandelion Blue has a note in it's window saying the lease is up for sale. What gives?

Anonymous said...

new bookies.

lll said...

If and it's a big If Dandelion Blue is moving elsewhere. I'd like to The Shop on the Hill move into the space.

Anonymous said...

or how about something new?

And preferably something that isn't just another mung bean shop...

fred vest said...

i had a stroll round brockley today, it needs an argos, a decent normal pub, a book shop, a couple of decent cafes a boots/superdrug, fruit & veg market, sports arena, bigger library and a small family butchers - it also needs to have its graveyard open longer and more often

Anonymous said...

All good ideas Fred. Not sure what I'd do with a boots as we already have a cheaper version in Amin Pharmacy.

13:24 said...

What kind of shop would you like Anon? There's already plenty of unused retail space up for grabs around these parts if you feel the urge to start something up

PS Delis - in my experience - don't specialise in mung beans, because they're not really a delicate foodstuff. You seem to be getting your wholefood shops and your delis mixed up.

The Cat Man said...

Im scared now, is dandelion blue closing down?

Headhunter said...

I hadn't seen the sign in the window of DB... So is that it? The end of the short lived deli revolution?

Tressilliana said...

'Question for the Oleophiles amongst you; does good olive oil have a shelf life?

If my latin above is incorrect, I'm quite prepared to write out one hundred times "Extra Virgin makes certain foods taste better" in Latin, all over Coulgate St., by tomorrow dawn.'

I was gearing up to say that oleophile, while a beautifully constructed word, isn't Latin-derived word, both bits come from Greek - but on reflection the Romans were very fond of borrowing Greek words so for all I know it might be a Latin word as well. So, as you were.

[going for prize for Most Pretentious Post of 2008]

Romani Eunt Domus said...

Thanks Tressilliana! I love etymology also, but clearly not enough to realise that the phile bit is Greek, whereas oleum is one latin word for oil (although probably the stuff that they would have put in their lamps).

Tamsin said...

Like tele vision - the bastard mix of greece and rome that is western civilisation.

On the matter of importing oil - there are some people (I think it is Helen Moore) who regularly sell the stuff at Telegraph Hill Centre Craft etc. fairs - they might be able to give you some guidance. Or you might be setting off oil wars tutti frutti style.

Monkeyboy said...

god I can just see the Lefty Media Eliete of Brockley running their cars on organic ethically produced olive oil imported from Spain ;)

Dandelion Blue used to sell the stuff in recyclable bottles. Bit of a gimmick but the heart was in the right place I s'pose.

La said...

They still do though don't they. Just take your used Tezzie bottle down.

BTW I was in there on Friday sampling the stuff, and the assistant told me that if I wanted any carcass for Christmas, then best to order now to avoid disappointment. So they're planning to be open until then at least...

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