It was my turn to host the book-club evening a couple of weeks ago (there was another birthday cake involved, will blog about that later!!). These evenings are always relaxed and casual - no fuss allowed!! - but you know me - I have to add a few home made touches!
I made my usual spiced nuts and they went down really well with this newest addition to my repertoire, these olives were a revelation, incredibly easy and they taste wonderful, the combination of olives, lemons, chilli and garlic, works really well.
I know I shouldn't use the "C" word, but I just have to - a jar of these olives would make a fantastic Christmas gift. Arrive with a jar of these beauties and you will be welcome at any party, meal, shindig ... you name it, you'll be welcomed with open arms!!
adapted from Lotte's Country Kitchen (Lotte Duncan)
400g olives (I used black pitted and green stuffed with garlic)
2 cloves of garlic, grated or minced
1 lemon, zested and juiced
1 tbsp chilli sauce (I used Frank's because I am addicted to it!!)
1 tbsp chopped basil
1 chilli - seeded and chopped
1 tbsp olive oil
Drain and rinse the olives. (Olives without stones are best as they soak up the marinade like a sponge!)
In a bowl mix them with all the other ingredients.
Spoon back into some jars.
Although you can serve immediately they are best after a day or two.
Store in the fridge, they will keep for weeks and weeks.
Sit back and wait for the praise!!