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Monday, April 19, 2010

"Makes Me Happy Monday" number sixteen.


Welcome to week 16. I hope everyone is having a Happy Monday. This week I am very happy to show you our Olive crop at Kainga for this season. Yes you may laugh at the big amount of olives. Last year I think we had about three olives. Each year will be bigger and better,considering we really don't water this tree. It relies on natural rainfall and that has been very scarce around here. Ian and I picked these olives yesterday. Anyone driving by would have thought are they doing some ancient voodoo thingy. We were walking round and round the tree looking up through the branches for olives. Several had dropped to the ground which were useless and the birds had taken a nip out of a couple. A couple of years ago we went to a garden in the Open Garden Scheme that had a olive orchard. We were given a recipe that we have used in the past when I have got olives from elsewhere. The couple who had the open garden were originally from Jordan and it has been a recipe that has been used in there family for sometime.

How to pickle your own olives.
You can cure olives at any stage.

1. Either prick several times with a fork,make 2 small slits on the skin with a sharp knife,de-pip using a commercial de-piper,or bruise by bashing with a rolling pin. I always use a fork. This step will allow the water and salt to penetrate the fruit,thereby drawing out the bitterness. It also takes the place of caustic soda solution used in commercial processing of olives.

2. Toss immediately into a bucket of clean water and leave covered. Change the water daily for three to four days.

3. Dissolve 1/2 cup of salt for every 10 cups of water. Soak olives in this solution with a lid on,making sure the olives are submerged.

4. Pour liquid off each day and replace with fresh salt water. Repeat this for approx. 10-12 days. Taste for readiness. When bitterness is nearly gone,olives are ready for their final salting.

5. Make up a solution of fresh salty water at the rate of 1 cup salt to 10 cups water. Dissolve and bring to boil and allow to cool. Place olives into bottles and pour cooled sat-water over them,making sure the olives are completely submerged.

6. Top up bottles with 1cm of olive oil to stop air getting into the fruit and seal the lids on. Store the olive jars in a cool dark place.

7. Enjoy!!!!

Ian picked this zucchini on Saturday. I was planning on keeping it growing to see how big it got. Guess who is doing some cooking this week and maybe some more zucchini pickles are on the cards. It weights between 4 and 5 kilos. Last year we were battling to get any zucchini plants growing and this year it has been a feast.

Happy Monday to you all.

Bev C


Cath Ü said...

That is some zucchini.... WOW... I know what you mean about looking silly... you should of seen us getting the tank in... talk about laugh... but it is in and I am about to pop some pics on my blog about it...

Still can't send e mails....
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Heidi said...

Um - that's the biggest zucchini I've ever seen!!

Anonymous said...

It's wonderful to grow and harvest your own little crop (is a zuccini a courgette?) I grew some of those once. I'm not an olive person - but can still admire your goodies.

I'm going to get my greenhouse sorted in the coming weeks as in our garden we have an apple, pear, plum and cherry tree though crops can be very hit and miss off those :0)

I will do my MMHM later on today as I must be popping off to work in a mo. Hope your zuccini chutney works out good - you could perhaps post the recipe for that one... I've never made chutney before x

Have a great week Bev
big hugs
Shell x

chris said...

Hi Bev, my two olive trees had only a handful of fruit between them this year. The birds got to them before I could; then again the trees didn't get watered and like you we haven't had rain for months! However, also like you, I have had an excess of zucchini this summer which is wonderful. I have made so many different cakes, loaves and slices as well as pickles. My favourite is the chocolate zucchini with Chinese five spices. The boys at work love it too!!
C xx

Simone de Klerk said...

I had a laugh about you and Ian looking for those olives!
Totally impressed by the zucchini.
Have a lovely week.

Terriaw said...

I adore olives! How wonderful to have olive trees in your yard! I'm so envious. That is definitely a huge zucchini! What will you make with it?

teresa said...

I really must get myself an olive tree or two.. We live on 6 acres and I am married to a Greek! Both my boys LOVE olives too!!! Your zucchini is amazing... well done! Happy Monday to you Bev!

Melissa said...

I would so love to have an olive tree, both because I love olives and because it would mean I live in a warmer climate! Zucchini we have plenty of, though. It's a fight to give them away at the end of the season! LOL!

Maria said...

I have two olive trees and have not had any olives yet.

What a beaut zucchini!!!!!!!!!!

Sue said...

We could do a swap. I have plenty of olives (if I nick them from the neighbours trees) but not one Zucchini to make delish pickles from. I'd love your recipe in case I ever grow one.

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Wow Bev that's great about the olives...and just think you will get more and more every year!!!

Bobbie Lynn said...

Hello there Bev, Wow, what a beautiful zucchini. I can't wait for mine to grow. There are still in the seedling stage but once we get passed the gloom here I'm sure they will grow much faster. Love olives and hope you get to pick more next year. Thanks for the recipe too.
Happy Gardening and sewing too. : )