Olives - WHAT DO YOU THINK?

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Do you OLOVE them?

  1. I olove them

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  2. I like them

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  3. I am neither here nor there about olives

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  4. I don't like them

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  5. I hate olives you sick fuck

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  1. Mats

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    I have never taken the time to know the merlots from the pinots or the chardies from the rieslings. I just cross my fingers and hope I like it
     
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  2. jivafox

    jivafox Stay sexy don’t get murdered

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    I love red wine.
     
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  3. Ellie

    Ellie Super talented triple threat

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    Can’t beat a decent Malbec.
     
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  4. octophone

    octophone fucking ADMIN, bitches

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    I've never been a wine drinker so this is pretty much nadsat to me.
     
  5. Sheena

    Sheena MAKE IT QUICK, LUCILLE!

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    Yes we can.

    I am a NZ Sauvignon kinda girl, though, which I know nowadays is somewhat PASSÉ. I’ll throw in a sidebar of Riesling and a good Viognier, though. Oh and a white Rioja can hit the SPOT if it’s done right.

    Red, mood dependent, but Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon or Shiraz are my favourites when done well, but Merlot and Malbec are more reliable...
     
  6. Edward

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    As a kid I was averse to all the usual suspects: olives, dark chocolate, strong pickled flavours, marmite, anything remotely bitter.

    As a grown up, I adore all of these things. I find 95% of milk chocolate too sweet and cloying for my taste these days (though I will occasionally indulge and ultimately feel unsatisfied with it).

    It has nothing to do with me forcing myself to be accustomed to these flavours. My tastebuds, as those of most people, simply evolved.
     
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  7. Ag

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    God I love pickled anything.
     
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  8. lolly

    lolly Rowena? From Kuwait?

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    There nothing that isn't made better by soaking it in vinegar.
     
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  9. Ellie

    Ellie Super talented triple threat

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    I think I’ve said before, but I’ve only recently come to the realisation that I’m not a big fan of chips. I will however eat them if completely drowned in vinegar. No salt, just vinegar. The lack of vinegar at fast food restaurants has always been disappointing.
     
  10. Edward

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    I forgot blue cheese (Stilton, Roquefort, Gorgonzola) as another example of a much reviled food as a youngster that I can't get enough of as an old codger. Ditto most goats cheese.
     
  11. Iguana

    Iguana One two CHA CHA CHA

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    Oh good, I thought I was the only person in the world who wasn't big on chips. I usually leave loads of them if they come with a meal. I don't dislike them, just not that bothered and don't see the point in eating FORTY of them
     
  12. Sheena

    Sheena MAKE IT QUICK, LUCILLE!

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    I always save the vinegar from a jar of (hopefully home made) pickled onions and use that on chips, should I indulge.

    And yes, pickled everything. Jars of that shit in my house. Gherkins, onions, and especially EGGS :disco: Oh and don’t get me started on shit like Piccallili...
     
  13. Mats

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    I don't I would ever willingly indulge in pickled eggs. I once had a specialty from southern Denmark called "solæg" (sun egg) which is brined in salt and while I know that is not the same as vinegar I suspect the white would be just a rubbery :zombie:

    my favourite pickles are gherkins, cucumber, beetroot
     
  14. lolly

    lolly Rowena? From Kuwait?

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    I pickled batches of carrots and fennel last summer, to pleasing effect.

    And picked onion vinegar really is a thing of utter joy. Almost as good as the onions themselves.
     
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  15. Sheena

    Sheena MAKE IT QUICK, LUCILLE!

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    Pickled carrots are amazing. There’s a Turkish restaurant near me that does them (with olives) as an AMUSE BOUCHE and they hit the spot every time. I must try my own...
     
  16. Sheena

    Sheena MAKE IT QUICK, LUCILLE!

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    Oh and beetroot, YES!
     
  17. lolly

    lolly Rowena? From Kuwait?

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    The carrots I pickled in cider vinegar, I think. They were heritage carrots from a farmers' market and looked like some exotic jewels in the jars.

    For onions I'm very much a plain malt vinegar man. And I don't really hold with adding too much spices or additional flavours either, other than perhaps a few cloves and peppercorns.
     
  18. Dark Carnival

    Dark Carnival Missss Vaaaaaanjie

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    Picked everything, yes, as long as it’s a PLANT. So eggs are not invited.
     
  19. Ag

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    I did not know pickled carrots were a thing!
     
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    Dark Carnival Missss Vaaaaaanjie

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    They sure are! We have them in Lebanon. Cauliflower as well which is amazing :disco:
     
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  21. Sheena

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    Agreed entirely on the latter.

    Can you just BUY pickled carrots anywhere? I've never thought about it, but I REALLY SHOULD :disco:
     
  22. Sheena

    Sheena MAKE IT QUICK, LUCILLE!

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    We have something called "Mixed Pickle" here, which is primarily cauliflower and YES, it's FABULOUS
     
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  23. Edward

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    I love Indian pickles too. Particularly Brinjal (aubergine), which pairs wonderfully with a creamy cheddar:

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    This is also amazing:
     
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  24. Sheena

    Sheena MAKE IT QUICK, LUCILLE!

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    I file Indian pickles in a very different place- they're far sweeter than most English pickles.

    But I tell you somnething, aubergine pickle is my ABSOLUTE FAVOURITE OF THE ENTIRE LOT :disco:
     
  25. lolly

    lolly Rowena? From Kuwait?

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    God I HATE aubergines. Perhaps PICKLING them is the way to go.
     
  26. Edward

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    Not all of them. The true chilli and mixed pickles have little to no sugar. What most (but again not all) Indian pickles have in common though is that they use oil as a preservative.

    Try Pataks chilli pickle - you only get birdseye chillies, spices and oil in that. It's properly fiery but irresistable. Likewise most of these garlic pickles:

    https://www.redrickshaw.com/collections/garlic-pickles

    All amazing but they don't stock my favourite brand. :(
     
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  27. Sheena

    Sheena MAKE IT QUICK, LUCILLE!

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    Oh I love Patak chilli pickle- already a big fan!
     
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    Shirley BIG-HEARTED BUNNY

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    I just remembered umeboshi too. Good enough to clear your throat when you're congested!
     
  30. Edward

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    OMG, all this talk makes me want this now:

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    Truly, India's greatest food legacy. It's a crying shame they remain relatively unknown in the west.
     
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  31. Ellie

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    @Edward I’ve got a bunch of friends in Goa at the moment over there for a mate’s wedding. Anything I should request they bring back?
     
  32. Edward

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    I assume you're interested in pantry staples rather than anything fresh?

    It's been years since I was last in India but if I was to go now, I'd probably stock up on things that are prohibitively expensive here such as Mysore sandalwood oil and the like. Perhaps have some furniture made.

    In terms of groceries though, my mind has gone blank. I'll get back to you. Bear in mind though that most South Asian shops get their stuff imported from there anyway.
     
  33. Kate

    Kate most die in your bedroom

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    Anchovies are obviously the best stuffing for an olive.
     
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  34. Edward

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    You could get jewellery or silk/cashmere garments Ellie if you're that way inclined. Tailoring is dirt cheap there.
     
  35. Mats

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    PICKLED DP
     
  36. Mats

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    OMG. I have to find this
     
  37. Kate

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    I must seek that out as well. Aubergines are so VERS. Brinjal bhaji, baba ganoush, nasu dengaku, moussaka, melanzane parmigiana... AUBERGINE FORUM NOW
     
  38. Jætike

    Jætike Gay horses eat hay

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    I have lots in Singapore. Do you want them fresh from a prata shop or frozen from a supermarket?
     
  39. Jætike

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    Olives, as with aubergine, wine, coffee and strong cheeses, are things I only came to enjoy years down the road. Truly a rite of passage thing. Still slightly wary of green olives stuffed with chilli though.
     
  40. Beverley

    Beverley I Don't Wanna Change A THI-ING

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