So I go over to my parents’ farm all the time, and I spent a lot of time playing with the dogs or doing my crafts, but sometimes I also feel like spending some time outside. So last weekend while I was there, the weather was quite nice, not too warm, not too cold, just right, and I decided to go have a look and see if I could find any mushrooms to photograph, so I got maybe halfway through the usual path I take, when I noticed a whole bunch of chestnuts had already fallen from the tree, ran back to the house, got a bucket and some gloves and came back to the path. I managed to pick about 600g worth of chestnuts from the path. They’s a bit on the small side, but they were quite good. Even though the markets and the stores already have them on sale, it’s still a bit early, give it another 2-3 weeks and I’ll be picking them up by the bagloads and then we’ll have months worth or chestnuts to eat.
Something else that’s plentiful on the farm is olives. We have one tree right by the house, and several others on another part of the property. Usually one of our neighbours comes and asks if he can pick the olives so he can make olive oil out of them. Don’t know if he’s been by this year yet to ask, but the tree right by the house is for us. We pick the olives when they’re still fairly green and then wash them before curing them so that they become the edible olives we all know and love.
So in the jar above are some of the olives we still had left over from last year. we put them in the jar with some chili peppers, those mini pickled onions and some olive oil, leave them for a week or so and they become nice and spicy, just the way I like them. You see while living in Holland we used to go to the Haagsche Markt on a Saturday morning and there are some Turkish people who sell olives and spices and herbs and all sorts of things not really native to Holland. Anyway these guys had some olives mixed with peppers and pickled onions and a whole bunch of other herbs and spices and the olives were really hot (spicy), well we loved them, and now we’ve tried to recreate the recipe. I think it’s worked out well, although not as good as the original. Will have to ask them the recipe next time I’m in Holland. This past sunday we decided it was time to pick the olives as there were quite a number of black olives on the tree and we discovered last year that it’s better to pick them while they’re still hard, because the black olives we picked last year were overly ripe and we ended up throwing most of them away after curing them as they’d gone bad. So sunday morning I got up and picked 3kg worth of olives. There’s still plenty on the tree, but they’re too high up for me to get and I can’t use a ladder to get at them as the tree is hanging over the road and the ladder just won’t reach. But not to worry, 3kg is plenty to see us through the year.
My mum is curing them now, which takes about 2 months, so in that time we’ll finish last year’s ones and then have nice fresh ones.