recipe : tunisian marinated olives

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People ask me where I get my recipe inspiration from. They’re quite a random collection of recipes aren’t they? From rosewater tea cakes to Tunisian marinated olives, it is quite the leap. “Do you have random cravings?” “Do you spin a globe and point to a country?”The answer is pretty simple. My travels. I’m fortunate enough to travel often and widely and take the gastronomic culture pretty seriously and categorize it as part of the experience. Ingredients can tell you a lot about the political history of a country, but I shouldn’t get into that right now. I recently had a conversation with a friend about idea of experiencing whilst traveling. I asked if she viewed a foreign country and its inhabitants with a different mindset since she grew up in a military family. Military mindsets are molded with patriotic views and I was curious since I come from a family of immigrants and professionally have a background with the American government. My views when traveling is to embrace the present and be part of the culture. I try not to be a pawn or an outsider or an observer.

This recipe, though I never visited Tunisia, was adapted and inspired by a trip to the Gulf where I spent time with a Tunisian family. I compared the flavor palettes of North African dishes compared to the Levant and the rest of the Middle East. We often correlate North Africa with a proper historical Arab experience with luxury ingredients like saffron, figs and olives. I spoke in my broken Tunisian dialect, head veiled in a navy pashmina, completely in awe by all the history-laden tales {my favorite kind} as we sat in the coriander and cumin perfumed kitchen. And this recipe? The fruit of this experience.

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  • Kat Frazier

    Yummy! I can eat olives like m&m’s!!! I need to try this! Looks simple 😉
    Kat | http://www.poshbykat.com

    • Ha! I’m pretty much the same. I’m pretty sure I have more olives than all groceries combined every time I come back from the market. 🙂 x

  • Kat Frazier

    Yummy! I can eat olives like m&m's!!! I need to try this! Looks simple 😉
    Kat | http://www.poshbykat.com

  • Kristi

    You have such a cute blog layout! Love the light pink:)

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  • Kristi

    You have such a cute blog layout! Love the light pink:)

    http://www.thecoralcourt.com/

  • It sounds like you have an amazing time traveling and really experiencing what the city and culture have to give you. I love it. Even though I haven’t traveled that much I plan to do so and my favorite part is experiencing the new food!

    -V
    http://stylishlyme.com

    • Thanks Vanessa! I try to get out every once in a while. I think it’s important to experience new places and watch sunsets over different oceans. You would most definitely enjoy the food and the concrete catwalk! x

  • It sounds like you have an amazing time traveling and really experiencing what the city and culture have to give you. I love it. Even though I haven't traveled that much I plan to do so and my favorite part is experiencing the new food!

    -V
    http://stylishlyme.com

  • Ha! I'm pretty much the same. I'm pretty sure I have more olives than all groceries combined every time I come back from the market. 🙂 x

  • Thank you so much, Kristi! It means a lot considering I do it myself 🙂 x

  • Thanks Vanessa! I try to get out every once in a while. I think it's important to experience new places and watch sunsets over different oceans. You would most definitely enjoy the food and the concrete catwalk! x