I heard quite a bit of splashing coming from Porter’s bathroom yesterday, long after the boys had left for school. Investigation revealed a pissed off Texas Ranger in the potty.
It turned out that Porter was in the midst of giving him a morning bath when his carpool came. He took my command, “Drop everything and come on immediately!” literally. A heart-to-heart followed, in which I emphasized that parakeets are not renowned for their swimming abilities, although by my calculations Texas Ranger was treading water for over an hour.
Last night I watched as Drew and Finn split a single broccoli floret between them. It wasn’t done willingly, but only to get dessert. Finn chopped the tiny stem into flat pills and swallowed them one by one with gulps of milk. Drew nibbled the blossoms off the tree.
It’s hard to believe these are the same boys who last weekend were begging for marinated olives, “You know, like we had at that Greek restaurant in New York,” Finn said.
I don’t understand boys who swoon over mussels and artichokes and request marinated olives, yet sneer at broccoli and chicken. I ignored their contrariness, however, and dug up a few recipes on the Web, combined them, and created my own.
Anne Glamore’s Marinated Olives
Mix a few sprigs of fresh rosemary, fresh thyme, fresh oregano, a couple of bay leaves, 3 or 4 smashed cloves of garlic, a couple of strips of orange rind, a tablespoon of whole peppercorns and a teaspoon of hot pepper flakes (red pepper flakes)* in a glass or plastic bowl. Add a jar or two of unpitted green and black olives.** Add enough extra virgin olive oil and wine vinegar to cover in a ratio of about 5 parts oil to 1 part vinegar.*** Shake or stir. Label “broccoli” and put in the refrigerator for 2 days.
Bring to room temperature and use a slotted spoon to transfer to a beautiful bowl. Serve.
* Increase or decrease flakes and peppercorns according to your desired heat level
** I used kalamata olives for the black, and found green unpitted olives at Publix
*** You may want to reduce the vinegar further; this was still quite tangy
I was able to re-use the marinade with no ill effects.
Two years ago in My Tiny Kingdom: Just Breathe