Olive and Caper Salad

Two things I learned this week. 

One: that the illusion of seeing more than one sun in the sky is called a parhelion

Two: that people were eating olives in the 1500s. 

I always thought olives were a modern addition to the British diet, maybe from the 1950s once air travel got popular and people craved the food they ate during their Mediterranean holidays. 

But no, I found them all plump, green and proud, in a cookbook from 1597, during the time of the powdered, bewigged and bejewelled Elizabeth I. 

If you'd like to see this olive and caper salad recipe for yourself visit the Love British History website


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