Don’t waste your delicious brine! Pour the olive brine from Mount Zero olives onto the octopus to brine for 45 minutes.
Heat the oven to 130°C.
Drain the octopus and put in a deep pot. Add garlic, lemon thyme and red chilli and then completely cover in Mt Zero Arbequina olive oil. Cook for 1 hour.
Remove from the oil mixture and drain the octopus, it should be tender but slightly firm to the touch.
Heat a fry-pan to a high heat and season the octopus with Mount Zero Pink Lake Salt. Cook the octopus until golden brown all over.
Take octopus off heat, rest and slice into bite-sized pieces. Put aside.
FOR THE SALAD
Smash cherry tomatoes in mortar and pestle and season with basil, black pepper and pink lake salt.
Slice and toast the olive bread. Spread hummus over toast. Spoon tomato and basil salad over hummus. Arrange octopus slices on top.
Finish with more Mount Zero Arbequina Extra Virgin Olive Oil and garnish with smoked paprika.