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July 27, 2014


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Alicia (foodycat)

I love the additions of mint and figs to tapenade! What a wonderful idea! I've never tried orange mint, but I am sure it smells absolutely heavenly!

Simona Carini

I wholeheartedly recommend it, Alicia. I love my orange mint, which is also sturdy as a plant: so far it has survived hard frost and drought.

Deb in Hawaii

Excellent CTB post Simona. I used to have an orange mint plant but it ultimately gave up on me and my more than inconsistent care. I miss it! :-( What a lovely tapenade this is--I am so intrigued by the figs and mint--it sounds heavenly and that bread is making me drool. I'm glad you found the book interesting and it inspired a small reconnection with Jacques. ;-) He and Julia had such great chemistry together. I think that was my first exposure to them both as well.

Simona Carini

Thank you Deb. I would give orange mint another try. Keep it in a pot to prevent it from wandering too far: it has a tendency to do that. And if you like olives, give the tapenade a try: it has a surprising flavor. Thanks for choosing the interesting book.

Rachel @ The Crispy Cook

So many layers of flavor in this tapenade. Sounds delightful. Glad you enjoyed the book, too.

Simona Carini

Thank you, Rachel.


Love is an important ingredient. :-) Your bread looks really good.

Simona Carini

Indeed, Paz. Thanks: that's one of my all-time favorite breads. It's fun to make and a great pleasure to eat.


Questa tapenade con fichi e menta è originalissima e mi incuriosisce molto! Ben proposta! ;)

Wendy, A Day in the Life on the Farm

YUM....just YUM!!!


I have to make this! Figs are in the market right now and they are calling me. That wa a very nice book, lots of great recipes!

Simona Carini

Grazie, Terry. Se ti piacciono le olive, te la raccomando.

Thanks, Wendy!

I agree, Tina, the book is quite inspiring. I warmly recommend the tapenade.


Simona, excellent thoughts on the book and I am so glad you sent me over to the Daily Meal article. How true is that?!?!? It struck me what kinder and gentler kitchens Jacques came up through and I am sure he was never a screamer in his own. I adore this tapenade. The flavors sound amazing.....

Delaware Girl Eats

Simona I like your take on Jacques Pepin. I was so excited to actually meet him but it must be different if you didn't see him on TV.
It was a great read and I enjoyed seeing your take on tapenade. I love the addition of figs! Tapenade is a great summer dip. I love olives but my husband does not so I hardly make dishes focusing on this ingredient. Lovely to look at though!

Simona Carini

Thank you, Debra. I also cannot imagine him as a screamer. I recommend the tapenade.


Your tapenade sounds definitely worth the extra bit of time to make. I'm usually lazy and just get the jars. Maybe for special guests :)

Simona Carini

Hi Claudia. You can consider yourself to be a special guest, can't you? ;) Once you have the ingredients, it is not time-consuming to make and you'll taste the difference.

Frank @Memorie di Angelina

I would never have thought to add dried figs or mint to tapenade, but I like the idea! And by the way, I completely agree about what passes for "Food TV" these days. A total freak show. There's more food than ever on TV, but almost no actual cooking. I just stopped watching.

Simona Carini

I guess because I am a minimalist, Frank, I am irresistibly attracted by the small touches that make a difference, like dried figs and mint in this recipe. It's the total opposite of the "freak show" on TV: subtle yet deep.

Simona Carini

Thank you, Cathy. I am sorry to read your use of olives is restricted. Fortunately, we both like them. Glad you enjoyed the book.

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