As I continue to want to savor and crave the rich deliciousness of gourmet olives, I simply still am not yet there. This time around, I thought more about visual presentation, hoping that bright, beautiful greens and blacks together would entice me. Nope. Lemon zest, thyme, even a little red pepper, almonds (I’m crazy for almonds)…still no.
“But you stay so cool
My Muñequita, my Spanish Harlem Mona Lisa
You’re my reason for reason
The step in my groove
I know I’m crazy. Spanish olives. Spanish Harlem. I must be trying to convince myself that the olives are a party in my head…
1 c. Spanish olive mixture
1 c. raw almonds
2 Tbs. extra virgin olive oil (only if the olive mixture selected is lacking some extra rich oil for thoroughly blending)
1 tsp. fresh thyme, minced
1 tsp. red pepper flakes
Fresh zest of 1 lemon
Combine all ingredients and allow to marinate for several hours. Best served room temperature AND while listening to Rob Thomas and Carlos Santana, of course!