Whenever I eat olives I think of this song called “Jerusalem” by Dan Bern.
A friend of mine from college introduced me to this song and when he showed it to me I was instantly hooked. I love songs that tell a story and this was most certainly does. It’s also a little quirky and funny at points. So you should check it out. It’s good stuff.
Towards the end of the song, Dan sings,
And all I ate was olives
Nothing but olives
Mountains of olives
It was a good ten days, I like olives
I like you too
Well thanks Dan, I like olives and you as well.
I think, anyway. I’ve never met you. You could be a secret jerk.
Hopefully, like these olives from Sicilian Cookery, you’re far from it.
What you’ll need
- 1 pound/3 cups of green olives
- 2 cloves of garlic
- Hot red peppers
- Olive oil
Your first step is to crush the olives. You don’t have to completely beat them down, it’s mostly to get the inner olive juices flowing.
Once crushed, season them with garlic, basil, parsley, and chopped hot, red peppers. Place this mixture in a jar and add olive oil until the jar is almost filled. The remaining space will be filled with a few drops of vinegar.
Once you let it mix and marinate you’ll have no reason to go to that infamously expensive olive bar at Whole Foods! You’ll have your own!
Side note, I’ve calmed down a bit about Whole Foods because they do have standards on how they treat their animal products and I do support that. I just get irritated by how expensive their other items are. Some of it doesn’t seem necessary to me.
The final result is what can be expected if you enjoy olives. As some of you know, I’m a spice lover, and naturally those peppers combined with the olives left me in heaven.
If you’re not big on spice, however, there are alternatives the cookbook mentioned which consisted of seasoning with pickles and oregano.
No matter how you like your olives, if you want to be a good Sicilian, you gotta keep those olives on hand for all your important guests to snack on. You never know, they could be the next messiah.