Maybe it’s because I did a lot of cycling today (and it was so windy in London so my thighs were working extra hard) but I’ve been craving olives all day.
Olives are my popcorn. I could, and do, eat them by the handful. Black and wizened or fat, green olives, as large and acidic as unripe apples.
But eating olives out of the jar is a really unappealing habit (or so I’m told) so this Saturday evening, with some free time, I made an olive tapenade (minus anchovies!) and spread it on pastry.
It’s baking in the oven and the whole house smells delicious. Sam keeps wandering in and poking his head round the door to ask if it’s ready yet (and to check I haven’t licked the bowl I made the tapenade in clean). He’s thoughtful like that.
Update: tart was fabulous, especially with the sweet peppers and salty olive combo. It’s also so quick to make, and great with a simple side salad.
Hope you’re all having a lovely Saturday!
A cup of green or black olives, pitted
Two cloves of garlic
A squeeze of lemon juice
A glug of oil
Half a red chilli
Roll vegan pastry
Four mixed peppers
One red onion
Salt and pepper
Slice peppers and onion and put in baking tray. Cover with olive oil and a drizzle of balsamic. Season. Cook for 20 minutes or until roasted.
Roll out pastry to fit the tray. Cover tray with light layer of olive oil and blind bake for ten minutes at 180 degrees.
Spread tart with tapenade and pop in the oven for another few minutes.
Scatter the vegetables over the tart and cook for another ten minutes or until crispy.
Serve with olive oil drizzle.