200g black olives (kalamata work well)
3 tbsp. capers
1 large clove of garlic
2 tsp. fresh thyme
Juice from ½ a lemon
3 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
Remove pits from olives. Place the olives in a food processor along with capers, anchovies, garlic and thyme. Chop until they become a rough puree. Drizzle in the lemon juice and olive oil a little at a time, processing in-between each addition. Add a little cracked pepper to your desired taste.
This is great as a base on a little sour dough loaf or even spoon a little on top of your grilled chicken or fish. You only need a small amount to enjoy the flavours.
Olives have been found to have anti-inflammatory properties due to the phytonutrients found in them. They also contain high levels of antioxidants. Well worth adding a few to your diet.