I promise myself before I start writing a new post that I will not talk about the weather. I really promise myself. But then I start writing and weather is the first thing that pops up in my mind. I read somewhere on a delicious looking blog that weather is all people really talk about. It is the ultimate ice breaker in any conversation in any country. It is fascinating how people turn into regular weathermen or women the minute they comment on the weather. Its like they have some divine insight into it.
"Its beautiful today, isn't it? Gorgeous sun .." Then without skipping a beat, their happy smile starts resembling a scowl and they lower their voice and become really sinister "Its not going to last though, showers are predicted for tomorrow and it is all going to hell!"
I really believe them. Who could not when they exude this calm confidence. It doesn't rain the next day and it doesn't go to hell. But that doesn't stop them from predicting the weather, the next time I see them. With all this weather talk being thrown around, talking about it myself becomes second nature.
So let me start the right way …. It is beautiful weather to enjoy a picnic, either on your verandah, patio, backyard or local park. All you need is a thermos of coffee and a box of this beautiful savoury loaf all sliced and buttered up. Reviewing Vol 3 of the beautiful Baked And Delicious magazine, I realised that I didn't have all the ingredients that were required to make their Olive, Parmesan And Herb Loaf. So I improvised, got inspired and created a delicious new recipe of my own. I baked this loaf in the nifty little spring green silicone loaf pan that came free with the magazine. It baked evenly and held its shape perfectly. This very flavourful savoury bread would also work well diced up into little cubes and served with picks on a cheese platter.
I served this bread with the best tasting chutney that is out there, Chilli Lust by Matchett which is a Chipotle Pepper Chutney (buy at eFarmers Market).
Olive Parmesan And Herb Loaf
Preparation Time - 20 minutes
Baking Time - 45 minutes
Makes 1 loaf
2 and 3/4 cups plain flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 cup sliced black olives
1/4 cup sun dried tomatoes, finely chopped
1 fresh jalapeño chili, finely chopped
1 tablespoon thyme leaves
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
thyme leaves and salt flakes to garnish
Preheat oven to 180C.
Sift flour, salt, pepper, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda in a bowl. Stir in the olives, tomatoes, chill, thyme and cheese.
In a separate bowl which buttermilk, eggs and oil. Add this mixture to the dry ingredients and mix well with a wooden spoon.
Grease and line (or flour) an 8 inch loaf tin. Spoon the loaf mixture in the prepared tin and bake in the pre-heated oven for 45 minutes. Check to see if done in the centre. If done, turn of the oven and rest it in the oven for 10 minutes.
Remove, garnish with thyme leaves and salt flakes. Serve warm or cold with sweet pepper chutney or butter.
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What temperature should this be baked at? It looks delicious!
Rainer, at 180C. Sorry for that, I have just added it to the method. Can't believe I missed it.
Thx for sharing! The pics are just delicious! I'll have some friends for dinner on Wednesday and will serve them the loaf as an accompanying dish. Just need to find a good recipe for Chutney, as it is not easy to find it around here.
Yummy! Sounds like an incredible combination of flavours!! Will be a great dinner paired with some rustic soup 🙂
Thank you, for delivering some of this tasty bread yesterday - the flavours were delicious!
Should be called "Olive, Parmesan & Herb LOVE!"
Weather talk is essential to break awkward silences. I am big weather predictor 🙂
The loaf looks lovely!
This looks delish!
First time here and I am very impressed with the recipes and the bakes ..I am new baker so always looking fore recipes.
I agree with you and feel that the mood and the weather go hand in glove. The loaf looks just perfect with a cup of hot coffeee
I always find myself turning to weather chat and always internally cringe at the awkwardness of my conversation skills when i do so! I made a ham cheese n olive quick bread the other day and adored it, its got me wanting to make variations on it and this looks perfect! Gorgeous recipe, photos and post entirely 🙂
Oh no! I'm totally guilty of that, it really is an easy subject of conversation. lol
My mood influenced by the weather a lot. Blue sky ensures a cheery mood 🙂 your herb loaf looks gorgeous, Sneh.
Usually the weather dictates what I feel like eating. But I'm such a control freak that I plan my meals a week ahead, so I sometimes end up eating soup in a beautiful sunny day 🙂
I never believe the forecasts, it's a science but not exact - predicting nature is like predicting people's reactions, you won't always get them right! Love the loaf, perfect for one of our morning fishing expeditions! And gorgeous styling.
What a gorgeous loaf!!! I love savoury loaves.
I agree with Xiaolu's theory, food is so seasonal and what we cook is influenced by the weather outside. On cold days I feel like a warming and comforting soup, in summer I like light foods like salads and citrus.
LOL you are too funny dear ;p. I do know what you mean about people talking about the weather like they have some expertise. I have a different theory for why you may be turning to it in your posts though. Traditionally, cooks were limited by the ingredients available to them according to the seasons. Various dishes were developed around those ingredients for different seasons or even particular weather (such as sunny picnic weather). I think it makes perfect sense that our cravings and thus food we cook would be tied to the conditions outside :).
ha ha. You are right Xiaolu, I've thought about it. Food is so seasonal and what we want to cook and eat depends very much on what the weather is like 🙂