Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Goodie, Goodie, Who Likes Olives?

I know, that's an odd title for today's post, but it does describe what I am writing about.
I just returned from the post office where I sent my Mug Rug/Goodie Swap gifts off to their new homes.
These photos don't show everything I am sending because I tried to tune into my partners likes and wishes and sent a few little bits of things that they really like. Showing those would be a dead giveaway, so you will have to wait to see who gets them in the mail in the next week or so.
This one is for partner #1 who lives in _________________.


And this package will be winging it's way to _____________. 


And I will be patiently waiting to see what I receive and if I guessed correctly when I was stalking all the lovely creations on Flickr!

On Sunday, Mr. Romance and I picked 8 pounds of olives from this little, spindly tree in our backyard. It started out as one of those trees you order from a catalog and was a Christmas gift for Mr. R a few years ago.


Eight pounds of olives looks like this...


and this...


We decided to do the cracked method this year. So each olive had to be whacked with a mallet. Needless to say, there was olive oil and juice everywhere. Note to self, do this outside next year. After the olives are cracked open then they must be soaked in water to remove all the bitterness. This takes about 10 days, changing the water every day. 
This is the cloudy mess the first day...


And this is how they look today, after two days of soaking and changing the water.


After the bitterness is leached out I will be flavoring these babies with herbs and salt and preserving them to eat all year long. Mr. Romance likes olives a lot and it is fun to make something just for him.

Thanks for stopping by,

"di"




9 comments:

Stray Stitches said...

Wonderful little peeks you provided. I'm sure the recipients will be more than pleased with what you have created. Enjoy those olives!

Sara said...

The olive process looked very interesting. We are huge olive lovers too. So sweet of you to do that for your hubby;)

Annabella said...

We love olives too and eat them nearly every day. I`m a green olive girl and hubby loves black ones! Love that you shared the process...have you ever seen the comedy The Good Life??

Michelle said...

Oh how lucky you are! It's too cold to grow olives here and hubby & I both love them. I'm interested on how you will marinate & preserve them. Thanks for sharing your harvest with us.

Katy Cameron said...

Oh, what beautiful packages. I stopped trying to guess long ago, my head was starting to hurt lol

I do love olives though, hope you stuck some in for me ;o)

Steph :) said...

Your goodies are so great! I am in love with that Dresden bag! I don't believe I've ever seen olives right off the tree before. Not what I would have thought. It sounds like an interseting process. Enjoy!

Geri Centonze said...

Yummy! I like olives! Love the things you made (of course I got to see them in person!)

Rosa said...

Wow,my mother in law make that olives,delicious!!We have olives from september till december.

Your package has beautiful goodies.

aracne said...

You will not believe it, I live in Tuscany and I never tried to make my own olives! You should give me your recipe, its sounds very good.