Thursday, April 11, 2013

Olives... round, green or black, tasty treats... add some cheese....

Philadelphia cream cheese in individual serving packets... mixed in with some wonderful green olive pieces.  The bigger container is full of a soft cheese also filled with pieces of green olives.   Just give me some of this stuff and some bread from the local bakery and I am happy.   

Somehow, I accidentally deleted a post that I had already written and published.   I'm not quite sure how I did it... but, it is NO LONGER there and there was too much to do today... to try to re-type what I had written.  

So, instead you get a photo of another good tasty item that I have found in the local Italian grocery stores.   Before my first trip to Italy in 1997, I only 'sort of' liked olives.   But, my oh my, all it took was a taste of fresh marinated olives in a salad or other Italian dish and I was hooked.  I guess it's like the difference between... a homegrown tomato and a store bought one.   One is clearly a much better item.   Same with the olives.   Local grown ones are much better than the canned variety.  

But, to find these lovelies mixed in with cheese?  Sigh... pass the bread... I'm feeling a need for a snack coming on.


Sanna said...

The post about the Fage? That post showed up in my Reader, I can copy-paste the text to you if you want.

iwouldratherbeknitting said...

could you please???? I finally figured out what is happening... (I think?) Two posts now that have gotten deleted AFTER I published them!

iwouldratherbeknitting said...

Can you click on the email envelope and send it to me that way? Will that work for you?

iwouldratherbeknitting said...

What I meant to say is: IF you click on the envelope at the end of a post-- you'll see my email address- you could copy/paste the missing post to me there... I would greatly appreciate it!

(I just spent 8 hours working on Sunday at school getting ready for the new school week and conferences this week... and I think that I used up my brain for awhile?)

Sanna said...

the envelope that has the arrow on it that comes after "Posted by iwouldratherbeknitting at 4:56 PM" only takes me to a page that says "email this post to a friend", and doesn't seem to be something I can use to contact you. I thiiiink... I can just paste the post into these reply boxes, haha... let me see if this works....

Sanna said...

All's right in my little world now...
from i would rather be knitting by iwouldratherbeknitting

One of my favorite things about Europe is... no, it's not the historical landmarks, the great food, the travel opportunities. Believe it or not... it's the amazing cheeses and also the yogurt. I mean, fresh wonderful yogurt without anything artificial put in it tastes so good. I already enjoyed yogurt; but, the yogurt here is so good.

Germany, had so many wonderful choices for yogurt. So many fresh fruit flavors. My favorite brand was by a company that sold their yogurt in glass jars. They had endless choices including a yogurt that had the vanilla bean specks mixed in.. like you sometimes find in ice-cream. This brand, also had a 'blood orange' flavor. It was hard to choose which flavors to buy. *They also had a regular 'tart' type with real chocolate pieces mixed in. That was nice... tart yogurt mixed in with some sweet dark chocolate pieces. I never found a flavor I didn't like.

However, my two absolute favorite flavors in the 'yogurt' family were the Greek yogurts 'from Greece.' Honey yogurt. Sigh. When I went to visit the states last summer... throughout my visit, I bought 3 different brands of Greek yogurt with honey... I was so happy that I could continue enjoying my Honey Greek yogurt for breakfast. IT was not the SAME. Not at ALL. I was so disappointed.

My most favorite of all? A little delight called: QUARK

Quark had the thickness of sour cream. I can't describe how it was different from yogurt... but, trust me... as much as I loved the yogurt... after I tasted 'QUARK'... that is all I bought. In various flavors. (well, I still bought the HONEY GREEK YOGURT). I'm pretty sure that quark is probably available in the states? IF so, check it out.


Sanna said...

Since, I've been in Italy... I've gone to many, many, many grocery stores. I like to go into local foreign grocery stores wherever I live... but, every time I went to an 'off-base' grocery store... I would go check out the dairy case looking at all the yogurt choices (not as many as found in Germany) and I never found any of the German brands... nor did I find what I was really looking for: QUARK

When I found the new big grocery store on Monday... once again, I checked out the yogurt selections. No quark. No honey Greek yogurt. But, what's this? I found something by the name of: FAGE

It looked promising. Honey was featured on the container. Some chopped nuts (turned out to be walnuts) were included for stirring in. A little green folding spoon wrapped in plastic, was even included in the chopped nuts part of the lid. After opening the foil lid from the FAGE, I discovered that they had a little side section of honey for stirring in. I just had it for breakfast.

Heart be still. It is quark by another name!

I've only seen it sold in this one grocery store. (I'd already looked in another large grocery store.) I will be making regular trips to this grocery store. It is only in one flavor... but, it's my favorite flavor anyway.

It's such a little thing. But, I was missing: Quark

See the nuts? When opened under the label you'll discover a little wrapped in plastic folding green spoon 'for eating on the go.' Where the Fage is located... see the little section to the side that looks empty? (because it is) That is where the honey was stored for mixing in. I mixed in every drop of honey and every chopped nut and went... "uuuuummmmm"

Once Spring Break is over, I'll only be able to go to THE grocery store that sells: FAGE on Saturdays... but, if I time it just right... it might be lunch time and I might just have to stop at that local Trattoria that is between the grocery store and my house... and of course... *have lunch with another group of 50-60 men. (*See Monday's post Day 1 of Spring Break)

Oh, darn it all... that wouldn't happen on a Saturday... because that 'special lunch' only happened because it was 'lunch time' during the work week.

iwouldratherbeknitting said...

Thanks! I'll get this added soon! Thank you so much for your help. I 'think' I've got the problem of 'mysterious deleted' after already been published/posted figured out? I hope so anyway.