What is the Mediterranean Diet All About?
Thursday, 09 November 2017

This week Olympus Cheese were out and about enjoying some delicious food at Brisbane’s Greek Club, as part of the Mediterranean Health Expo. The event was run by our friends Lisa Peterson and Desi Carlos who are Two Greek Girls Cooking . Apart from being, as the name suggests, both Greek, the very clever ladies are also qualified Nutritionists and Dietitians. We tell you all about this event and give you a sneak peek into the finer points of the Mediterranean diet, and how it can work for you. 

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The Mediterranean Health Expo was promoting healthy living and healthy food in a Mediterranean context. Desi and Lisa ran three sessions with invited guests (including yours truly!) and some other fabulous local producers. They also had some health experts talk about different aspects of Mediterranean food and health. So what’s so good about this diet?

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7 great reasons to follow a Mediterranean diet 

  1.  Flavour. If you are looking to lose weight, or simply to be healthy, there’s nothing more uninspiring than bland and tasteless food. With Mediterranean food, the flavour is at the forefront.
  2. Colour. The colours are vibrant and varied. From the red of the tomatoes, the yellow of lemon, the green of the spinach and watercress, the purple of eggplant or artichoke, the black of olives, the creamy white of cheese, to the gorgeous browns and pinks of our seafood. 
  3. Easy. This diet sits well with our easy Australian lifestyle. Think salads jam-packed with ingredients that are simply thrown in and tossed together with some olive oil and maybe a squeeze of lemon. Or fish on the BBQ, fresh prawns, and plenty of eggs, legumes and lean protein.  It’s also easy to follow because it’s not prescriptive. There’s dairy, grains, red meat, and also wine to be enjoyed (albeit in moderation!)
  4. Clean. Adding to our last reason – the ingredients are uncomplicated, and the flavours come from vegetables, herbs, fruits and oils rather than out of a packet. 
  5. Slow. Mediterranean eating isn’t about rushing around, picking up convenience foods. It’s about enjoying what you’re eating and who you’re eating it with, and being able to track where your food comes from. The emphasis is on fresh food sourced locally.
  6. It’s a Lifestyle. The concept of the Mediterranean diet is not a new one. Mediterranean people have been eating this way for aeons. It is only more recently, that experts have confirmed the health benefits. As Two Greek Girls say, to eat this way is not a trend, it’s a lifestyle.
  7. Health. Last but not least, this diet is good for you in so many ways, as we learnt during the expo. Many of the produce and oils are packed full of antioxidants, and all the good stuff you need to keep a healthy heart, low blood sugar and prevent cancer. 

 

How is dairy incorporated?

The first session of the Mediterranean Health Expo saw Desiree chatting with the audience about the importance dairy plays in a healthy diet. Dairy is a really great way to get plenty of calcium in your diet. Dairy also contains lots of protein and phosphorous.  However, it is important to choose your dairy with care. It can be easy, as with many foods, to ‘accidentally’ eat additives with your so-called healthy dairy options. 

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Cheese

The Mediterranean diet loves its fettaricotta and halloumi. Fermented cheese like fetta also contains probiotics. But keeping the salt content lower is advisable. Choosing cheese which has gone through as little processing as possible will mean it has been soaked in salty brine for less time. If your cheese is sourced from local cheesemakers, most times it is a purer form, containing no preservatives. However, checking the ingredients label is always the best way to know for sure.   

Yoghurt

Greek Yoghurt is a Mediterranean staple and is a great source of probiotics which can be used in both sweet and savoury dishes. The important point about yoghurt is that it should contain no thickeners, no preservatives, and have no added sugar.  However, if you read our label, you will see a little sugar. This is because the first 4.7g/100g of sugar in any dairy is lactose. But that’s where the sugar story should end!

How can I learn more about this diet?

There was so much to learn on the day and we came away inspired! Two Greek Girls will be running a larger expo next year, and if you are interested in Mediterranean food, and how it can benefit your health, we encourage you to keep an eye out for it. The girls have also published a book Mediterranean Eating containing over 60 recipes, and a host of tips on living long and well, and even planning meals. 

 

 

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NEW PRODUCTS NOW AVAILABLE
Wednesday, 27 May 2015

 Exciting News from the Olympus Cheese Factory...

  • At the recent DIAA awards in Melbourne the Olympus Buffalo Milk Halloumi won a Gold Award and the Olympus Buffalo milk Fetta won a Silver award.

  • Olympus Cheese now has this award winning Buffalo milk Halloumi and Buffalo milk Fetta available. These are in random weight retail size packs and are available at selected retailers. Buffalo Halloumi and Fetta can be used in exactly the same way as cows milk Halloumi and Fetta, but has its own distinct flavour.

  • Buffalo milk has a higher percentage of milk solids and therefore provides higher levels of protein, fat and minerals than cows milk.

  • Buffalo milk has a lower colesterol content and is rich in calcium.
  • Cows produce 15 - 20L of milk per day where as Buffalo will produce only 7 - 11L per day.

 

We are proud to announce the addition of 3 new Fetta cheese products to our range...

  • We now offer a 200g tub of Fetta in brine, this is perfect for customers whom require a smaller quanity rather than purchasing our 1 or 2kg buckets. Next we have developed a 200g tub of Cracked Black Pepper Fetta, this versatile cheese is a great addition to salads, anitipasto or as it is on a cracker. Lastly we have improved our 250g tub of Marinated Fetta, with a new blend of locally sourced sunflower oil and extra virgin olive oil and improved mix of herbs, garlic and spices this cheese is tastier than ever. This fetta can be used in a large range of dishes, just let ur imagination go wild. All of our products can be purchased in store or through any of our stockists or suppliers, check under the "stockist" tab above. Happy shopping :)

 
Regional Flavours 2015
Friday, 06 March 2015

It's that time of the year again when Olympus Cheese is going to the Regional Flavours at Southbank Little Stanley Street. The event is being held on Saturday the 18th and Sunday the 19th July 2015. After the success of last year we are all looking forward to a great day meeting new and old friends with lots of tasting of cheeses. Come along for a great day out at Southbank and enjoy a food safari of flavours, sights and smells to tantalise taste buds of one and all.

Come and find us at Southbank and say hallo!

 
Good Food & Wine Show 2014
Monday, 08 September 2014

 The wait is over Brisbane!! Come join us at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre over a dynamic three day weekend from 17 – 19 October 2014.

Olympus Cheese will be at the Good Food & Wine Show 2014, grilling up your favourite halloumi in Brisbane. Opa!! 

 

 

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Rotary Bayfest
Tuesday, 15 May 2012

MARK THIS EVENT IN YOUR CALANDER!!!!

The Rotary Bayfest on the 16th June 2012 at the Grand View Hotel. This new food festival is being held by the Rotary Club of Redlands Bayside and will be a fun day of food, wine, beer and entertainment finishing with a massive fireworks display. All funds raised will be towards the Fijian Hospital Appeal. Come and join Olympus Cheese to support this great cause and to of course sample great tastes and enjoy fantastic entertainment. See you then.

 
Successful Felton Food Festival
Monday, 16 April 2012

Great day was had by all at the Felton Food Festival on Sunday the 15th of April. The crowds enjoyed great weather, fantastic food and excellent entertainment. Costa Georgiadis, Australian landscape architect and television personality of SBS TV - Costa's Garden Odyssey and Alastair Mcleod, Executive Chef, Bretts Wharf enthused the crowds with their expertise in sustainable produce growing, cooking skills and hands on demostrations. The Olympus Cheese tent was a great successs!  People sampled our fetta, ricotta and halloumi and enjoyed plates of grilled halloumi as they walked around. The Olympus team were able to explain the different cheeses, how they were made and the best way to prepare them. Thanks to the Felton Food Festival organisers for a great day in the country.

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Felton Food Festival
Tuesday, 10 April 2012

COME VISIT OUR STALL, SUNDAY 15TH APRIL !!!!

The Felton Food Festival, 15th April 2012 at 64 Bryce Road, FELTON QLD (Felton is 30km south-east of Toowoomba). Head over, say hello and sample our great range of cheese at the Olympus Cheese stand. This annual festival celebrates all things agricultural, horticultural and produce locally grown.  This years highlight at the Felton Food Festival will be Alastair Mcleod and Costa Georgiadis demonstrating how to cook and grow your own food. An ideal oppourtunity to stop and chat to producers and growers and to have a little taste. Come along and enjoy a Sunday with us.

 
Regional Flavours 2011
Monday, 15 August 2011

Olympus Cheese goes wild at Regional Flavours!!

Southbank's Regional Flavours market was once again an event not to be missed. Unlike last year, the market was held over 2 days and what a success it proved to be. The biggest crowd yet turned out for over 150 stalls selling all the finest food and wine brisbane has to offer making it a food lovers paradise. The mix of perfect weather and plenty to see and taste meant Olympus enjoyed record sales and enthusiastic interest from many patrons who visited our stall. One highlight for us at Olympus was a visit from the Junior Master Chef stars, Isabella and Sophia, who gave rave reviews of our grilled halloumi and were polite enough to pose for a few happy snaps and answered all our questions.  

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Overall it was once again a pleasure to attend this event and we thank everyone for your support and we look forward to seeing you all again next year to repeat the success.

 
Regional Flavours
Monday, 06 June 2011

Our next Olympus Outing!!!!!!!!!!!

Regional Flavours, hosted by Little Stanley Southbank is on the 30th and 31st July this year. Last year this event drew crowds who enjoyed the cheeses, wines and other regional produce from all over Queensland. It is a day that is enjoyed by families and conissours alike.Mark these dates in your diary and come and enjoy the day with Olympus Cheese and sample our grilled Olympus Halloumi, Fetta, Marinated Fetta, Fetta with Cracked Black Pepper, Ricotta, Baked Ricotta and Lemon Pepper Baked Ricotta.

Copy and paste these url's into your browser for more information about Regional Flavours -

http://www.southbankcorporation.com.au/media-releases/south-banks-regional-flavours-best-growers-and-producers-in-one-location

http://www.visitsouthbank.com.au/regionalflavours/index.html

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Brisbane Cheese Awards Peoples Day
Monday, 06 June 2011

Last Sunday the 5th of June saw crowds of people enjoying the fine weather, fantasic food and picturesque setting of Portside Wharf for the annual Brisbane Cheese Awards Peoples Day. The Olympus Cheese crew had a busy and very successful day serving up plenty of tastings including our grilled halloumi and showed off our range of cheeses. This event drew great numbers of people and was also attended by Will Stud (from cheese slices), who enjoyed the local cheeses that were offered.

For a bit of reading, check out the TIFFIN - bites sized food adventures blog written by Fiona Ryan.
Click the link below -

http://tiffinblog.blogspot.com/2011/06/its-all-about-cheese-brisbane-cheese.html

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