In Praise of Olives ...  

TheQuietGuy2005 54M
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9/11/2005 12:21 am

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In Praise of Olives ...

So that was Saturday.

As so often seems to be the case with Saturdays, it was a bit of a random day, dictated more by the desires of others than by any planning of my own. Son of Quiet bought his homework (yes, it's that first Saturday after the start of the new school year) so the key task of the day was to tackle that.

Physics (basic dynamics), French (revision exercise, Des Jeunes Francophones) and Theology & Philosophy (learn about a philosopher) got done ... interspersed with a walk to and around one of the local parks, several episodes of "Fawlty Towers" and one of "Charmed" ... and a couple of pretty tasty meals.

I made a mistake with the olives though.

Don't get me wrong, I love olives. I positively adore them. Green, black or brown, stuffed or au natural, they rank up there right at the top of my list of favourite small fruits with a name beginning with "o".

Of course, it helps immensely that I like the way they taste ... and the oh-so-sensual way that the rich flesh, particularly of the green olives, parts between the teeth, releasing the oil onto the tongue ... mmmMMMmmm ...

{ahem} and also a small side-order of {blush} ...

But they also seem to be very good for the health too: the oil, a monounsaturate, is excellent for countering the effects of cholesterol in our bloodstream; monounsaturates also help control our blood-sugar levels and our insulin creation, with possible benefits on weight and diabetes; the polyphenols that give olives their taste and scent seem to be beneficial in preventing certain types of cancer and one in particular appears to be an anti-inflammatory.

Some sources also list the olive as a major aphrodisiac

Any wonder that the humble olive was once considered sacred?

I honestly doubt that it's normally possible for me to have too many olives.

It is, however, possible to forget to check in advance whether the olives have stones in them or not and then that first taste can sometimes be one olive too many ...


helga_hansen 49F  
1987 posts
9/11/2005 5:07 am

Jx.... here we part ways on common ground.... Helga hates olives Fortunately Mr Hansen loves them, so he gets them all when they get served up.


Love, hugs and kisses from ♥♥HH♥♥

rm_dizzyandfun 48F
752 posts
9/11/2005 5:18 am

I know EXACTLY what to get you for christmas now LOL..... mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm mmmmmmmmmmmmmm

diz ( lives in the land of olives lO

TheQuietGuy2005 54M
2386 posts
9/11/2005 5:56 am

Helga ... Sounds like Mr H knows which side his bread is buttered on! Believe me, I'm happy to adopt a similar deal

Dizzy ... Yes please! What else is there to say? Except to ask whether there's really any difference between olivas and acietunas

brightblonde3 58F

9/11/2005 6:34 am

Luvvvvv olives. In my local market, an olive bar exists...temptation at every push of the shopping cart.

Suddenly an old Doris Day movie comes to mind. She gets drunk and marries Rock Hudson, winds up in a motel in New Jersey. Upon awakening and seeing that she's in bed with Rock...and a marriage license on the mirror...she jumps up and screams, "Stop that, don't touch me." As she grabs her clothes and tears out of the room, a cleaing lady stops her and says, "Dear, it's all's something you have to acquire a taste for, like olives."

Que sera, sera. BB3

sweetthang2877 40F
534 posts
9/11/2005 11:41 am

Quiet, you can have all of my "O's"!!!

TheQuietGuy2005 54M
2386 posts
9/11/2005 11:59 am

Sweetthang ... that sounds rather suggestive

Brightblonde ... I have an Italian place near work that's just like that ... it takes immense self-discipline not to spend my entire wage there, ma'am

papyrina 51F
21133 posts
9/11/2005 1:27 pm

i hate olives,they even smell bad when i buy them for hubby,uucck

But i only use olive oil for cooking and salads,weired really

I'm a

i'm here to stay

TheQuietGuy2005 54M
2386 posts
9/11/2005 9:37 pm

Papy ... Well, the oil is where all the real goodness is. I guess I have to accept that some people simply don't like olives ... like Marmite, I suppose - though heaven knows I shouldn't start a debate about my wonderful, delicious Marmite, should I?

Ana_6973 43F

9/13/2005 8:29 pm

I adore olives. My mother isn't sure where I fit into our family as I love them all. I especially adore the large green olives. I tend to keep a jar in the house at all times and will find any excuse to put them in food. Nummy, nummy, nummy. My friends all think I'm disgusting. They can barely tolerate black olives, let alone the tart green ones. My favorite pizza for years was topped with green olives and shrimp or pepperoni.
Now I need to go satisfy the craving you started.

~~"I can scream as loud as your last one, but I can't claim innocence."~~

TheQuietGuy2005 54M
2386 posts
9/13/2005 10:32 pm

Ana! Truly a woman after my own heart ... or, at least, my own stomach

Right, I'm off to have a quick drink of olive oil

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