I had left over olive brine and wanted to put it to good use. That is how many evolutions take place in our kitchen. I thought about curing grapes in the brine, of course I did not have any grapes. However, I did have some nice cranberries. Beautiful. I heated the brine up and poured it over the cranberries. I let the mixture cool and low and behold I had cranberry olives. The flavor keeps getting better. I was so pleased with my findings I had to share these thoughts. I picked up the phone and dialed Wylie at WD-50 . He would get cranberry olives. In fact, he got more than cranberry olives. He mentioned he used to make a caramel with the olive brine. Brilliant!! I had to make olive brine caramel. The great point from the converstaion is it opened the dam of thoughts to what one could use olive brine for. Sure, I could make a huge amount of dirty martini's, but that would just lead to a headache. Rather, I have begun brining fish and meat in the olive brine, as well as making grape olives, and making apple-olive brine puree. Further thoughts keep emerging and evolving. It began with an idea, I shared it and now the river of ideas flows freely. It is an important reminder about the evolution of ideas and the sparks which cause inspiration.