This recipe called for oil cured black olives. I had no idea what that meant and spent a good 10 minutes staring at black olives in the store. I even googled how to cure your own olives, which I learned pretty quickly that this process actually takes a few MONTHS. I learned that curing olives removes bitterness and the oil just adds flavor. These olives are shriveled and look like small prunes. The jar cost about $5, which gave me sticker shock after seeing that regular black olives are only a dollar or two. However, I really loved the flavor of these olives and would use them again, especially on this type of bread.
This is one of 6 recipes we made for a dinner party for our friends we hosted last week. It was a marathon of cooking, which I loved! I was pretty anxious cooking a wide variety of courses for a bigger group of people, but everything turned out great. One thing I love about cooking for people you know is that they're very encouraging and appreciative. I knew I could try out all new recipes and even if they failed, we'd still have a good night. Luckily, nothing went horribly wrong!
Epicurious Challenge Recipe: 6/138