*  Exported from  MasterCook  *
 
                  Mes Olives Preferees (My Special Olives)
 
 Recipe By     : A Culinary Journey in Gascony
 Serving Size  : 1    Preparation Time :0:00
 Categories    : Condiments                       French
                 Restaurant/Chef
 
   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
 --------  ------------  --------------------------------
    2      c             plain Greek or Italian olives
    2                    shallots -- whole or sliced
    4      cloves        garlic, to 5 cloves -- barely crushed
 						thyme, rosemary, fennel seed,
			chives, sage -- fresh or dried
      1/2                lemon -- juiced
                         Worcestershire sauce
                         Tabasco or hot pepper flakes
    1      c             olive oil
 
 Place the olives in a jar with a tight-fitting lid.
 
 Add to the jar shallots, garlic, a handful of fresh or dried herbs, 
 chopped or left whole, lemon juice, a few shakes of Worcestershire sauce 
 and a few drops of Tabasco or shakes of hot pepper flakes.
 
 Pour olive oil to cover the olives and herbs and seal the lid.  Shake a 
 couple of times to mix all ingredients well.  Leave these olives to plump 
 in the oil and absorb the perfume of the herbs.  As you use them replenish 
 the stock with more olives in the same oil mixture until it at last seems 
 too tired to do the job.  The herb-scented oil is then perfect for 
 brushing on grilled foods as they finish or in other cooking.
 
 Shared by Sherilyn Schamber
 
 
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 NOTES : I put a cupful of these shiny, plump black berrries in a hand 
        blown glass bowl andset it next to the apertif tray.  Whoosh, they 
        start to disappear...