Sunday, December 27, 2009

Orange~Fennel and Pepperoncini Olives~

I love these olives..they are from my Maria Loggia cookbook..she served them at a talk/demonstration and I have made them twice since~

She recommends olives from Puglia..I don't know if those were the exact ones I found..but I did buy them at a store that had specialty Italian food..these olives are bright green.. w/ stems..some of them ...and taste delicious and fresh enough on their own..

But I rinsed them.. and put them in a bowl..with olive oil.. orange segments,1/2 fennel chopped in small pieces.. 4 pepperoncinis..whole from Tracie:) and one scrunched up..some lemon juice..oregano..and fresh rosemary..some shavings of garlic..and that's let them sit for a few hours or a few days..I have refrigerated mine as my olives said to..
I could eat them all:)

I highly recommend Maria Loggia's book.It's beautiful.. the recipes work..and really she's delightful and talented.

I took the above photos at Isola Maggiore..I can't tell you how much I loved that place and wish I had had more time to explore~


  1. Orange and fennel and pepperoncini-YUM! These would be perfect for a party. I love the colors in the photos--the green of the olices and the orange zest and the red pepperoncino. Gorgeous. And in an olive bowl. Perfect.

  2. Oh, olive, wonderful olive!! Your olives reminded me of beautiful olives I bought for christmas and forgot about in the kitchen - marinated(closely to yours) in lemon and vanilla, olive oil, some vingar, and herbs. I think it is time to take them out, serve with some cheese and wine, is already 16:00 here, lazy sunday in front of the fire...permitted, no?
    And thanks for Maria Loggias book suggestion - I'm off to amazon right now after the enter click...or maybe just after the olives and wine...?
    Hope you had a lovely time with your family...lots of laughter and complete bliss.

  3. hi! these look great - i must try.

    hope you are enjoying the holiday season!

  4. Those olives sound yummy! I've never done that but perhaps I should try -- which means a trip to the city for olives -- here on the prairie, they only come in cans!

  5. love the idea of org~ i checked out this book from the library a few days ago the olive season: amour, a new life, and olives i will let you know if it is good~

  6. What a perfect combination, orange, fennel and olives, yum. Your pictures have transported me to a the European Olive Grove I so long to be in. Happy Christmas.

  7. These sound delicious. I'll be keeping this recipe. Also love your pictures from Isola Maggiore. It took me on a daydream for a little while.

  8. Wonderful, I will try them, I may use my Christmas money for her book. We have an Italian market here too, I shall see what I can find!!!
    Margaret B

  9. Your olives look wonderful! So simple of a dish...I love it! Thank you for sharing. I really like the bright green color of your olives. And your serene. Hope you had a great Christmas!

  10. Your photos are gorgeous! I'm not normally the biggest olive fan, but these look utterly delicious!

  11. The olives look wonderful. Your photos, as always, are fantastic. Really exceptional!

  12. Lucy are an inspiration to ME:) I made these for my friend..and she is not an olive fan either..I never knew!!After 55 years!Thank goodness her husband is..

    Tigress..I thought of you Christmas dear neighbour gave me some finishing salts in a Weck jar!! I have my first..I emailed the company before visiting the states and unfortunately didn't received a reply:(

    I wanted to order some..Tigresswannabe:)

    At least..and at last.. I have one tulip w/ clamps now:)

    Ronelle oui you deserve a break:) Sounds now you are sleeping soundly!

    Have a lovely evening everyone else...I am looking forward to following you all in 2010..Lucy..:) that must sound quite normal to you.. to me? 1970 was normal...

  13. These do sound wonderful - we love olives here! When we entertain, I usually buy them at the olive bar at the grocer. This sounds like a lovely recipe and book! I should try them.

  14. M...I love all olives...
    This marinade sounds wonderful...
    We are just getting home from a long few days...
    Happy but tired...
    a glass of vino and your olives =
    wouldn't that be nice......
    Hope your Christmas with family was filled with treasured moments,
    I forgot my camera for three days!, can you imagine!!!!
    On to the new year!,
    xoxo~Kathy @ Sweet Up-North Mornings...

  15. I just came by to wish you a Happy New Year and to look at your olives. They look delicious. I will definitely find that cookbook. I love the Italian Lake District. Oh, to be there right now.

  16. These pictures are mouth-watering! I love olives!

  17. beautiful photos Monique. so inspiring as always.:)

  18. Have you ever been to Isola Bella? Such a beautiful castle and garden on that island. I believe it is on the same lake as your island where you took those great photos.

  19. It's 7:30 in the morning and I am now craving these olives! The combination of flavors is so sunny and is a quick transport to warmer climes. I need that!

    Your pics continue the trip.

    Thanks and Happy New Year!


  20. I love Pepperoncini Olives too. And those olive trees! I've planted some, little ollies, but they take so long to grow that I may never see a crop. Your photos are beautiful - they make me want to spend days, weeks, months (why not?) there. Happy 2010!

  21. Linda,I will Google t today.. we went to the Lago Trasimeno area..but only ferried to Isola Maggiore..I even loved the ride..w/ the birds..the flags and the orange life preservers ..Thank you..
    We have a little Ollie too Ry..but not the tree:) I tried leaving a comment late last night about San Antonio..and I kept having a Blogger error..I am going back..:) One visit is not enough..

    Have a great day everyone..and Kathy poor you about the camera:( But you know I took many and would say not one is daughters took some w/ pocket slim cameras..all good..:)so it was as if I didn't have a camera:( Boohoo..

  22. Gorgeous Monique...I would love one of your olives right this minute with a cocktail...
    Happy New Year my friend!

  23. Oh Monique, I want those olives. The flavour combination sounds perfect. I'm definitely making these in the new year. I'll have to make some for my olive loving son too.

    Wishing you and your lovely family a very Happy New Year.

  24. OH! Nana, those pictures of olives make me swoon! As does that beautiful door at Isola Maggiore - you have such a wonderful eye!
    I will posthaste get to Amazon, also, to check out that book - it sounds terrific! If I miss you, wishing you a Joyful New year!

  25. I love marinated olives. I have a recipe from Tyler Florence that has been my go-to. But the combination of orange and fennel in these sound wonderful.

  26. Those green olives are my absolute best......had them in Spaina few years ago and haven't looked back since. Will make them.