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Olive and lemon couscous

We like to share with you our recipes that we believe show off our products. Our olive and lemon couscous is simple and a great way to serve some of Piero’s olive tapenade.Piero’s olive tapenade comes from the olive groves of Vallecorsa in the Ausoni Mountains just south of Rome. This area is renowned for growing some of the best olives in Italy, from which is produced some of the best extra virgin olive oil in the country. In a small building tucked away in the olives groves, Piero and his team are creating their tapenade from these same olives.

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We have created a number of recipes which really show off the simplicity of Piero’s olives. This one for Olive and lemon couscous works really well with the olives and chili. In fact, we showcased this recipe at The Ancient Olive in Winter Park, Florida with such success, we decided that we should share it with everyone!

Olive and Lemon Couscous – serves 2

  • 1 jar iCare (Piero’s) olives with chili and fennel
  • 2 cups pearl couscous (cooked according to instructions)
  • 1/4 cup The Ancient Olive lemon infused olive oil
  • Zest and juice of 1 medium lemon
  • 1 small bunch fresh, Italian parsley

  1. Once the couscous is cooked, while it is still hot, add all the other ingredients and mix well.
  2. Serve immediately or chill for up to 1 hour before serving.


Published by thebigdreamfactory

My name is Susie Evans-Ardovini and I created The Big Dream Factory. I was born in the UK and have been a chef and restauranteur for over 30 years. During this time I have also lived in France and Italy where I visited many beautiful places and met many wonderful people. I am particularly impressed with the Italian way of life and their approach to food. Many families work extremely hard to grow and produce their own salumi, cheese, wine and olive oil which means that they have a wealth of knowledge and experience, most of which has been handed down through countless generations. It is no different in the kitchen. Nearly all foods served at an Italian table have been gathered from someones garden or field, and is then served alongside homemade, pasta, gnocchi, and countless dishes that could not be recounted in this tiny space since each family's knowledge is unique ... well, you can only imagine. I have walked Rome, climbed to the top of the Vatican, seen Milan, Venice, the Cinque Terre, climbed mountains, walked The Path of the Gods, wandered the great city of Napoli, lived on the little Island of Ponza and gathered a pile of friends, family and photographs as well as invalueable experience along the way. I became a new immigrant to the U.S.A on December 15th, 2013. With the support of many great friends and a passion (bordering on obsession), I am here in search of the American Dream and to bring you the natural flavours and vibrant colours of Italy. All my pasta, gnocchi and biscotti are made by hand just as I saw Italians do in homes and good restaurants all over Italy, every day and sometimes, twice a day. I hope you enjoy my creations and invite you to share your comments, photographs and recipes with me on Facebook or Twitter. In return I of course, will share beautiful Italy with you.

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