FOODIE FRIDAY – (enjoy a new recipe to try this weekend!)
I drink too much. The last time I gave a urine sample it had an olive in it! Rodney Dangerfield
UNUSUAL FANCY APPETIZER IDEA
5 jars (7 ounces each) pitted queen-size green olives, drained
3 cups olive or vegetable oil
1/2 cup shredded orange peel
1/2 cup orange juice
1 cup orange marmalade, melted
2 cups honey-roasted peanuts
1 cone-shaped florists’ foam topiary with dowel and base, 8 inches tall
Flowerpot to fit topiary base, about 5 inches in diameter
Rocks to weight flowerpot
- Mix olives, oil, orange peel, orange juice and marmalade. Cover and refrigerate 3 to 4 hours to blend flavors.
- Press topiary base securely in flowerpot (glue if necessary). Fill pot 2/3 full with rocks. Insert toothpicks into topiary cone; place olives on toothpicks.
Line top of pot with tissue paper; cover with peanuts.
UNUSUAL GIFT IDEA
ABRUZZO OLIVE TREE Adoption
In parts of Italy, adults get to act like kids this in December. It’s not an abundance of Christmas Spirit, it’s olive picking season. But Albina Fabiani fears this tradition is being crushed by the modern workplace.
Olive picking may soon be a thing of the past … Many Italian families have already given up picking. They’re hiring migrant workers to bring the olives from tree to table. By using Innovative Olive Farming, Albina hopes to keep the old traditions in Abruzzo alive.
For EUR 68 per year, free shipping, customers receive all the produce from their adopted tree.
Besides an adoption certificate and booklet about the tree, this includes a Spring Package containing stone crushed extra virgin olive oil, and an Autumn Package of Abruzzo herbs flavored olive oil and handmade soap as well as your own Personalized CookBook.
Laugh, learn and liven up your taste buds!