1-1/2 cups flour
1-1/2 tsps baking powder
1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
3 eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 cup plus 1 Tbsp butter melted
2/3 cup olives pitted and sliced*
4 ounces bacon about 4 slices cut into 1″ pieces and fried**
1 cup Grated Gruyere cheese or grated Parmesan
Pinch of salt to taste
1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary (optional)
Heat the oven to 350ºF. Butter and flour a loaf pan***. Sift the flour and baking powder into a mixing bowl, and stir the pepper through. Beat the eggs into the flour. Beat in the melted butter. Stir through the remaining ingredients to distribute evenly. Spoon the batter into the pan and bake 45 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean. Cool slightly. Remove from pan. Slice, and serve with drinks.
*I used black olives
100 g slightly stale crusty white bread soaked in cold water for 20 mins
1 kg very ripe tomatoes diced
1 ripe red pepper and 1 green pepper deseeded and diced
1 medium cucumber peeled and diced
2 cloves of garlic peeled and crushed
150 ml extra virgin olive oil
2 tbsp sherry vinegar
Salt to taste
Mix the diced tomatoes, peppers and cucumber with the crushed garlic and olive oil in the bowl of a food processor or blender. Squeeze out the bread, tear it roughly into chunks, and add to the mixture.
Blend until smooth, then add the salt and vinegar to taste and stir well.
Cover and refrigerate until well chilled.
I liked diced black olives, hard-boiled egg
and small pieces of cucumber and pepper;
mint,parsley or basil also works well.