Ideas for olives!

Jiza
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Good afternoon to all!! :D

I thought it would be a nice idea to have a mini-resource of bento-friendly recipes for olives, even if they are good on their own. There are lots of different ways for prepairing olives so i thought it'd be cool so we don't get tired of them! :)

Here's an idea:

- 1 can/bag of black olives
- 1/2 french onion
- mild paprika (pimentón)
- olive oil

1.- drain the olives
2.- cut the onion in small pieces
3.- mix with the olives with the onion
4.- add olive oil to taste
5.- add paprika to taste.

This is delicious as well as it'll made a nice color contrast (black+white+red).

Any other ideas? :)

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Loretta
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Ensalada Malagueña

(Malaga Salad)
Sliced fresh orange (as much of the white pith removed as possible)
Pieces of cooled boiled potato
Spring onion slices
Crumbs of salt-cod (optional)
Green pitted olives, whole or in slices - usually manzanilla olives
Dressed with vinagrette

Jiza
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Re: Ensalada Malagueña

*o*

I went to the local market yesterday and bought some great oranges so this will go into my bento tomorrow!!!! :D

without the cod, of course >_<

Loretta
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Murcian Salad

I made this yesterday after having somehow forgotten how good this tastes. To be honest, I spent half the time eating it feeling surprised that such basic ingredients can taste so good when combined like this. My husband became a big fan.

Tricky part is getting hold of some decent canned plum tomatoes - it might be worth paying a little extra for these. How many cans you'll need depends on the juice to tomato ratio. To get between 400 and 500gms (roughly 16 oz) of roughly drained plum tomatoes you may need two or even three 400gm/16 oz cans. (I used the excess tomato juice as a stock to make rice with - you could always freeze the juice for a similar use).

Ingredients:
About 450gms (16oz) of roughly drained canned plum tomatoes, cut these into pieces
1 small onion (I used a very large shallot), sliced
1 can of drained tuna, flaked
handful of sliced olives (traditionally black olives, but I had green ones and they work too)
1 cooled hard boiled egg, chopped
sea salt to taste (I suggest a teaspoon)
a few generous glugs of good olive oil

Stir all the ingredients except for the sliced egg together and keep refrigerated. Add the egg just before serving.

This salad is very wet and is fantastic mopped up with good quality crusty bread.

I have to admit that the idea of eating raw tomatoes from a can was so unappealing to me that I avoided even trying this Murcian dish for years. When I did grow up a bit, braved a taste and realised how nice it is, I assumed it was due to the cooks' skill and the awesome local Murcian produce. Here's the embarrassing part: I only swallowed down my deep rooted prejudice against uncooked tinned tomatoes yesterday at my husband's request and made it myself for the first time. I feel rather stupid for not having done so before... it's really good!

Jiza
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Re: Murcian Salad

I usually make this for dinner, without the egg :D
I love it!!! *n_n*

arlia11
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Re: Ideas for olives!

i love making my own mixes of olives and marinating them in olive oil and spices like mustard seeds. Also, stuff them with your fave cheeses or nuts.

Jiza
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Re: Ideas for olives!

good point on the mustard seeds :D

goblinbox
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Re: Ideas for olives!

Black olive hummus:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/goblinbox/3347538692

Also, on the subject of stuffing olives, I love to get large green garlic-stuffed olives and replace the garlic with bleu cheese. Delicious! (And very good in martinis.)

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arlia11
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Re: Ideas for olives!

I have seen blue cheese stuffed olives, and unstuffed pitted olives before, so perhaps it might be easier to buy one or the other and save yourself the time of pulling out all that garlic.

what do you do with the garlic afterwards?

bronwyncarlisle
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Re: Ideas for olives!

Blue cheese stuffed olives are horrible. When bought that way, I mean. I like both olives and blue cheese, and they are yummy together, but either they use really crappy cheese to stuff them with or just sitting in the jar does something to them. I'd definitely stuff my own if I wanted some.

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goblinbox
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Re: Ideas for olives!

I eat it! On the spot, actually. ;-)

maki
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Re: Ideas for olives!

Tapenade with walnuts is one of my favorite ways to have olives.

Also olive bread - just whole pitted olives baked into a whole wheat type bread.

Also pissaladiere (kind of a pizza with sauteed onions and olives)

Focaccia with olives and whole cherry tomatoes

Greek style salad with olives and feta cheese

My favorite olives are the tanche olives from Nyons, France - small, black, oil cured, delicious. But I like almost any kind of olive, except for those awful pitted canned ones.

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Alice
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Re: Ideas for olives!

Olives are good baked into bread. Also in couscous salad with fetta, onion, pepper, lemon juice, and some spices. Apparently I was about 5 when I decided my favourite food was an olive wrapped in a bazil leaf. My favourite food has changed over the past 13 years, but it's still makes great bento fillers.

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