I'm reading a fascinating book right now - Salt: A World History by Mark Kurlansky.
If you love history, geography and/or food it is a 'must read'.
It is Culinary Geography at its finest and I have truly fallen in love... with salt. sigh
Now don't get me wrong, I don't salt the heck out of my food the way R and my dear friend K do, but I have developed a certain respect and sense of awe regarding this compound and its million and one uses.
And because I know R loves salty foods, tonight's dinner was just for him...
Mediterranean Chicken with Couscous
I took some black and green olives, capers, garlic and feta cheese, chopped it all up and stirred in a little olive oil.
After pounding a few chicken breasts until they were about 1/4 inch thick, I seasoned them, spread a little of the 'tapenade' on each, rolled them up and secured 'em with toothpicks.
They were seared on each side and finished cooking in a 375 oven.
Meanwhile, I made a little whole wheat couscous and during the last 2 minutes tossed in the little bit of 'tapenade' I had leftover.
It was stinky, salty and made me salivate! YUM!