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Olives have been an integral part of France’s Provence region since 600 B.C. when the Greeks first brought olive trees to the area. The universal symbol of peace, the olive also represents rebirth, purity and goodness.




  • Half a cup of pitted black olives (Kalamata or similar olives are the best);


  • One tablespoon of olive oil;


  • One tablespoon of capers;


  • Two fillets of anchovies – wash the salt off;


  • Juice of a small lemon;


  • Black pepper.


Put olives, capers and anchovies in a mixer and puree. Add the olive oil slowly until it is all well blended. Add the lemon juice and pepper and the spread is ready. Serve on toasted French bread! Buon appetito!

P.S. If you really dislike anchovies, add some salt instead, but I assure you that

you will not taste the anchovies at all in the spread! – Paola