When I was down in Miami I came across olives marinated in Indian lime pickles. I thought the idea was brilliant. The acidic spiciness of the lime pickle dressing olives. When I opened the package the olives were broken and hacked apart. The flavor was great. The aesthetic was not. I had octopus on hand. Octopus and olives is pretty classic. Octopus and lime pickle olives not so much. I tossed the octopus with the lime pickle olive mixture. I was onto something. I refrigerated the octopus overnight. The following day I added the octopus and some water to a pressure cooker and cooked them for 45 minutes. The result was tender and flavor permeated octopus. The lime pickle and olive were a new found match for the octopus. The couple of small connections made for a delicious end result.
April 12, 2006