Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Have an olive........

Olives, you just have to love them.   We've been enjoying olives for thousands of years, and it's hard to imagine the Mediterranean landscape without olives.  Olives are were so important to the ancient Hebrews that they are mentioned 55 times in the Bible.  The Romans, who conquered Palestine in 63 BC, wrote with some detail on how to create a brine solution with lye to preserve and take the bitterness out of raw olives.

So go get some olives (good ones that don't require being drowned in a martini to be palatable) eat slow and think back across the centuries and those with whom you are sharing the taste of the simple olive.

And then give this recipe a try, cucumbers and olives?  yup and it awesome!!

1 cucumber peeled and cut into 1/2" cube
about 12 good kalamata olives, pitted and coarsely chopped
1 table red wine vinegar
a sprig of fresh dill
4 ounces of goat cheese

Gently mix the first 4 ingredients together and sprinkle with the cheese.   Serve with flat bread and enjoy!!

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