There are two kinds of people in this world. Those who love olives, and those who don't. My husband is the latter, and quite frankly I pity him.
To say he is missing out is an understatement. In my mind olives fall under the category of "foods sent to earth from heaven above", along with bananas (nature's cake), dates (nature's candy) and cocoa powder (nature's brownie mix). A salty, fatty little morsel to pop in your mouth whenever the mood strikes.
Hungry while cooking dinner? Pop an olive.
Feeling snacky mid afternoon? Pop an olive (or ten).
Find yourself hangry at happy hour? Pop 3 olives because DIRTY MARTINI. An adult drink for adult people who are no longer interested in mixing Smirnoff with gatorade. (I never did that).
Need something into which to dip your crudites? Olive tapenade!!
The list goes on. Olives taste wonderful on a salad, on chicken and fish, or mixed into tomato sauce. They provide a nutritious punch and a sophisticated taste. Needless to say, I have them on hand at all times.
Let's take a quick moment to celebrate healthy fats. Once vilified, they are back with a vengeance and we are all healthier and happier for it. Glowing skin, healthy brain functioning and satiety between meals, don't mind if I do! Olives also happen to be high in antioxidants, nutrients and minerals and have a high water content making them an ideal snack to gorge oneself on. <insert winky face>
I also find it quite charming when a fruit masquerades as a veggie. Who's to say a fruit can't be savory?
Way to go against the grain, kalamata.
Do your thing, picholine.
Here's to you, nicoise for not giving into societal norms.
Quick shout out to the avocado who's on a similar path.
I just wanted to show some appreciation for a food that I love. A staple in my diet and kitchen. A real, whole, mostly unadulterated food that is as yummy as it is healthy. This is not to say that you too should eat them, but rather a casual suggestion to give them a try.
STEP 1: Walk yourself to your favorite market and peruse the antipasto bar. STEP 2: Try a few different mixes and see which ones you like best. I often gravitate toward a greek mix with chili. STEP 3: Serve them to company or hoard them all for yourself. STEP 4: Repeat steps 1-3 for the rest of your life.
Or not. It's totally up to you.