Product: Belazu Green Tapenade
George Bennell and Adam Wells, two foodie guys from the UK, “believed that everyone should be able to buy high quality ingredients that the best restaurants use” and so began Belazu in 2000. This UK food company has a Green Tapenade in their long line of oils, pastes, preserves, and sauces all with a Mediterranean flavour.
The good: Want to add a gourmet spin to your next pasta dish, roasted fish or antipasto platter? This green olive tapenade is loaded with big flavour. Made with green olives, capers, anchovy paste, herbs and olive oil; this tapenade is for people looking to add sophisticated flavours into their cooking.
The not-so-good: It tastes very salty. A glance at the list of ingredients tells you why — olives, capers and anchovy paste are responsible for that salty flavour. Two and one half tablespoons (40 g or half of the jar) has 300 mg of sodium, but, that green olive flavour is so intense a little goes a long way. I used a smidge [technical foodie-speak for about 1/2 tsp (2 mL)] on a sandwich and it added as great flavour hit with approximately 20 mg of sodium. not that much at all.
What you can eat it with: Great with pasta, over fish, or as an ingredient in a sauce, salad dressing or a smidge on a sandwich.
Bottomline: Yes, it tastes salty, it’s supposed to be. I use it, but just a smidge, unless no one is looking and then I take another smidge…
Photography, Mairlyn Smith.