So in light of the Oscars for this upcoming Sunday, we’ve decided to host our own ceremony for food. Whether we’re snacking, whipping up a side dish, plating the entree, or mixing the perfect cocktail, food is ever present in our lives.
To start things off, this year’s Best Snack Award goes to….(drum roll, please)…Olives!
Olives pack a big punch. They’re delicious, and depending on the type of olive, they’re creamy, buttery, crispy, crunchy, spicy, garlic-y, cheese-stuffed, yadda yadda yadda. There’s no end to what olives can do – I mean, have you heard of olive oil?
And with no end to their flexibility, we can’t forget the health benefits.
Olives help prevent cancer, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure. They provide a helluva lot of vitamins and iron, and studies have shown that olives can reduce the effects of Alzheimer’s. Oh, and….uh…they’re an aphrodisiac…
Can this tiny little snack get any better?
Ooooh, yeah. Olives also make your skin nice and pretty to keep you youthful – can you pronounce “cheaper alternative to products your dermatologist wants to recommend?”
Olives are good for your eyes, your hair, your digestive tract – and they can even aid in weight loss by decreasing your appetite when snacked on before meals.
In case you didn’t know, you can get olives jarred at almost any grocery store or farmer’s market, and sometimes, these suppliers offer fresh olives you can pick and choose for yourself. (Y’know, because not everyone loves castelvetranos or kalamatas with their wine.)
How to enjoy:
Pair a bowl of mixed olives of your choice with your favorite cheeses – make sure you mix it up and get some soft, some hard, some stinky, some sharp; there’s nearly as many combos of cheeses and olives as there are on a fast food menu.
You can also toss them in a food processor, add some olive oil of your choice (but not much!), and some seasonings, and spread that mixture on some toasted pita. (Gluten-free crackers work if grains make your tummy sad 😦 .)
Or rough-chop ’em and add them to your pasta sauce, some cheese sauce, or some hummus. Food doesn’t get more acrobatic than olives!
A Note from Chef Alex:
Add some cold cuts of hard salami, mortadella, and pepperoni to your olives, cheeses, and wine for a fancy charcuterie plate, and kick back to watch Ex Machina, a haunting future-of-AI indie film. It stars the fantastic lead actor Domhnall Gleeson (Harry Potter films, Brooklyn, The Revenant), the exotic Alicia Vikander (The Danish Girl, The Man from U.N.C.L.E.), and the amazing Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis, Star Wars: The Force Awakens). Ex Machina has been nominated for an Oscar for Original Screenplay (by Alex Garland…no, not our Chef Alex) and for Visual Effects. If you haven’t seen this movie yet, be sure to do so before Sunday!
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