These are delicious!!
Preheat the oven to 350 F
1 tsp fennel seeds
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp coriander seeds
Toast the seeds for about 5 minutes over medium heat in a small frying pan, shaking the pan to redistribute the spices so they don’t burn in places.
1&1/2lbs mixed olives, with or without pits, your choice
zest of 1 orange, or if you don’t have an orange, use a lemon
1/4 tsp coarse sea salt
1/4 tsp cracked black pepper
1 tbsp good olive oil
1 tbsp sherry vinegar or balsamic
1 garlic clove, minced
a pinch of hot pepper flakes
leaves of one or two sprigs of rosemary
several sprigs of fresh thyme
Toss the toasted seeds and all of the above ingredients in a bowl.
Several thin slices of orange, (or lemon)
Spread the orange slices on the bottom of a small baking dish. Arrange the olive mixture on top and bake for about 30 minutes.
Serve hot with napkins, a little bowl for the pits and two glasses of wine.
NB Buy your olives from an olive bar in a market, not out of cans or tins as they will taste ten times as good as they will be fresher.