We have never bought preserved olives and never intend to do so.
So, rescuing the olive preserving tradition was obviously on our Mangia! Mangia! ‘must do’ list.
The thought of having to rely on the chemically filled commercial variety, when our parents are no longer with us is unthinkable!
So we set out to record every nuanced technique in this iconic food ritual.
We discovered the process is not complicated. Every grandmother, mother and aunt has their own slightly different recipe.
They assured us that over time and with confidence, we too can add our own personality to the olive preserving process.
The Mangia! Mangia! lesson here is; practice by repetition is important and then the recipe becomes your own.