A Handful of Olives

Olive Bread

You either love olives or you don’t but for our family, olives are one of life’s necessities.  I remember my second youngest son’s first birthday party.  He hovered over the plate of cheese, salami and stuffed olives and much to the horror of a family friend he happily shoved fistfuls of tasty morsels into his mouth.

For bread making, I use packet mixes and one of them is from Springhill Farm: the Real Bread Mix.  You can use this packet to make an olive bread and I have had good results.  Not a confident bread maker, I make gluten free bread out of necessity and as I don’t have pantry space to keep multiple flours to blend myself,  I find Laucke and Springhill Farm my best ‘go to’ bread mixes. Laucke has a focaccia recipe using the Easy Bakers Gluten Free Bread Mix but use more than 1 tablespoon of olives… olives are definitely not optional in our household as the recipe states.

Another great olive recipe:

Olive Tapenade

250 g black olives

1 cup parsley

2 cloves garlic

1 tablespoon capers (drained or if using salted capers, wash capers thoroughly)

2 teaspoons lemon zest

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1/4 cup olive oil

Add ingredients to a food processor or bowl of a stick blender and blend until you reach your desired consistency.