It’s now official: when I’m working, I’m not blogging, and vice versa. This girl just finds it too difficult to pull off both at the same time, or at least I did this go round. And I must admit that I miss my Daily Cures when I’m not taking them, well, daily. So I’m back, starting small, with the necessities of life: Olives.
I always liked olives, but until I came to Italy I’d never met an olive that convinced me to compromise my sense of dignity and decorum. I have now, for some years, been well acquainted with that olive. I buy it at the open-air market or at my fruit and veg vendor’s— 2 etti (200 grams) dumped uncerimoniously into a plastic bag. These olives, referred to here as “Dolci di Puglia” (there are also “Dolci di Napoli”) are giant, bright green olives, with a ridiculously abundant amount of flesh which tends toward sweet rather than salty/sour.
Una tira l’altra, as they say—”one pulls the other”—meaning as the Lay’s people claimed so long ago, “No one can eat just one.” I tell myself that they give me eternally, beautiful skin and other age-defying benefits. I know this isn’t true, but what is undoubtedly true is this: they make me happy. They improve my morale. And so I think I’ll eat just one more. That one there with the stem…
Hey you! So glad you’re there…I’ve been thinking a lot about you and things you’ve written for me. I want to publish the one about potatoes, but I’m pondering the visuals…thinking I might try to make them myself…
i just say : MIAM MIAM !!!!!!
I’ll bring you some the next time I know you’re going to be in Accolay!
I enjoyed toasted olive bread for breakfast this morning, baked by a Greek baker. Perfect with this wonderful post.
That sounds delicious…it’s crazy how these little things add up to contentment, isn’t it?
As one whose sole acquaintance with olives before adulthood had been confined to the little black-green ones with red pimiento centers (you mean olives didn’t grow that way??!), I am amazed and delighted with these pictures that make them look like little elongated green apples. What do they taste like? –Mom
I’ll make sure you taste them when you’re here…which won’t be long!
These olives are my most favorite food item.. You can taste these olives as fruits – and there really is no limit to how many you can eat in one sitting!