By BIRDY Latest Reply 2009-12-05 08:39:46 -0600
Started 2009-11-18 08:51:37 -0600

Hi again ,

Today I have lots of things to write , sorry :)
I don't know whether you use olive oil or not but this message is to advise you to eat extra virgin olive oil instead of others.Probably it is more expensive than other vegetable oils&butter but trust me the best one for the health and a very small amount is satisfying really .There is no any chemical process , olives are picked from the trees and squeezed only.In another saying , it is olive juice.Pls try to consume extra virgin type.You can use for the baking as well.Very tasteful for salads.
I'm sure you heard about Mediterranean type nutrition before and I'm from a Mediterranean country.A typical breakfast here is always with olives-cheese-cucumber-tomato.Is there anyone who likes eating olives at the breakfast? Or anyone who tried ever?

Pls let me know your thoughts about the olives&olive-oil.
Thank you , thank you.

14 replies

MarineMomX2 2009-12-03 08:38:58 -0600 Report

Olive's are a no-brainer…we cook with them, eat them, and have them in jars in the fridge. The olive oil is what I have issues with…I just don't like the taste or mouthfeel of it. It doesn't rate has high as liver and turnips; however it just does not leave a good taste in my mouth. Have tried cooking with it on occasion and the aftertaste gets me every time. Yep, I've read all the health-related articles about it, but still have this 'ackkk' in my mind that I don't like it. We quit frying stuff years ago and rarely use oil, except for baking. I switched to sunflower oil since it's higher in polyunsaturated fats. Reportedly it doesn't raise blood cholesterol levels nearly as much as saturated fats. Diets where saturated fats are replaced with sunflower oil has been shown to have benefits to cardiovascular health.

But, who knows…what's good for 5 - 10yrs can come back and bite you later on, they'll just say it's NOT good for you now. Still can't help but think that cutting out the majority of fats in your diet has to be good thing.

Anonymous 2009-12-02 21:15:04 -0600 Report

Absolutely agree that it has to be extra virgin olive oil (resulting from the first press of the olives). I will use peanut oil for frying because it can be heated to higher temperatire than olive without smoking which means that what is fried seals at the higher temperture more quickly and therefore soaks up less oil. However if I am sauting a garlic, onion, green pepper combo as a basis for some dish then for me it has to be extra virgin olive oil because of the flavor and of course this saute does not have to be a such a high temperature as say, frying a filet of fish or dim sum (pot stickers). OK I am now obsessing about food, eating and cooking. Grrrrrrr…

1pam2l 2009-12-02 18:44:01 -0600 Report

I use the olive oil because its supose to be better and I like the taste too. I wouldnt mind trying your breakfast recipe Birdy sounds good! I have a question for you, why are green olives sold in jars and black are sold in cans, at least in the states they are?

BIRDY 2009-12-03 02:33:26 -0600 Report

such a good point ; it's same here too.Maybe it's because green is more catchy than black…

beadmom 2009-11-18 17:05:34 -0600 Report

I am nuts about olives. I will eat them for breakfast! We use EVOO (Extra Virgin Olive Oil) for most everything people would use butter for.

Last week I made a trip south and got to go through the olive orchards of California. Of course this meant a stop at the Olive Pit for all things olive and olive oil. I m very fond of EVOO and Meyer Lemon oil. I also got some EVOO and mandrin orange. Yummy…

There are places in Oregon where one can go olive oil tasting and while that might not sound appealing to some people you would be surprised how different and good it is.

Thanks Birdy. I am anxious to go to Istanbul some day. I want to see the Haigia Sophia and the Blue Mosque and of course eat the food!

BIRDY 2009-12-03 02:39:04 -0600 Report

yes , we use EVOO too.Just a small amount is enough to make a food tasty.
I know you are a serious traveler and hope to see you in Istanbul soon.Pls let me know when you have such a plan.

mamaoak 2009-11-18 16:28:10 -0600 Report

yes i used it only on salads if yoou cook with it it turns into bad fat it is the temperature that changes it

Susie624 2009-11-18 13:21:15 -0600 Report

Never tried olives for breakfast but anything goes, and yes I do use olive oil for cooking.

texaswoman 2009-11-18 15:35:13 -0600 Report

I use olive oil for cooking, when I cook, but have not thought about eating them for breakfast, and that is a hard meal for me, because I really don't like breakfast, but will try the cucumber-olive tomato combo-
any more ideas.

1pam2l 2009-12-04 08:03:21 -0600 Report

Birdy, whats the recipe for the olive,cheese,cucumber breakfast? Sounds healthy and good!

BIRDY 2009-12-04 08:12:18 -0600 Report

Hi Pam ,

No any special recipe.We just slice the tomato &cucumber.A few olives and 1-2 slice of feta.I like green olives more and add some lemon juice and thyme on it.A cup of tea and 1-2 slice of bread.That's the basic breakfast here.Of course sometimes we also add a boiled egg and jam.
Hope you enjoy too.

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