Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Culinarily, I've never been normal

Yes, this was my favorite food

Throughout school, it's common for teacher's to ask questions like "what is your favorite color?" (green) and "what's your favorite tv show?" (DuckTales). One of these questions was always "what is your favorite food?" and while most children eagerly responded with pizza or nachos or chocolate in kindergarten, my answer was slightly different: broccoli.

I've never shied away from greens and vegetables. While my sister would sit at the dinner table for hours while my parents did their best to make her eat her peas, mine were usually the first thing gone from my plate. (I never liked split pea soup, though). This fondness for vegetables led to me usually attacking vegetable trays at holidays and parties. Carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, celery, and the crème de les légumes: olives.

Culinary splendor

I know I just said broccoli was my favorite, but I preferred it steamed; raw I would still eat it and still enjoyed it, but not as quickly as I would go for olives. A can of black olives was better than candy to me. Literally -- one year for Christmas, when my brother and sister got mini-Snickers and mini-Reeses peanut butter cups, I got a can of black olives in my stocking. I was as happy as could be about it, too. I never liked the green, pimento stuffed olives; just the black ones. Never really liked Kalamata olives, either. They're too salty.

In college, when I was working the graveyard shift with Will, we got in the habit of going to the grocery store at 6:30 AM when we got off work. With this we found that Hornbacher's, our local grocery store, had an olive bar at one of their locations. At this time, Will was more adventuresome with new foods than I was and loved olives, so he was always trying new kinds. I'd usually try and olive or two of the bunch he'd buy; I remember the jalapeno stuff and garlic stuff olives were good. I also remember the blue cheese olives actually making us open the car door and spit them out as fast as possible. Seriously, they were awful.

Two days ago while I was at the grocery store they had olives on sale. Sadly these weren't olive bar olives just the jar olives -- I haven't seen an olive bar in Utah yet. I decided I'd give them a try and picked up a jar of Napoleon brand jalapeno stuffed green olives. When I got home I opened them and tried one -- it was an amazing combination of savory and sweet, spicy and mild, tangy and tart.

Flavorful and beautiful

I loved it. A serving is only two olives and contains 100mg of sodium, so trying to conserve my purchase, enjoy the taste and not die of sodium all go hand-in-hand.

I know olives aren't something everyone enjoys. And I'm ok with that, because it means there are more of them for me.

1 comment:

Mark A. said...

Harmons usually has an olive bar and some Smith's do as well. I'd check with Harmons first.