Marinated Olives and Feta

Serves 4-6

2 tsp. toasted cumin seeds
1 tsp. toasted coriander seeds
1 tsp. red chili flakes
3 large garlic cloves, peeled and thinly sliced
Zest from 1 large orange
1 cup olive oil
12 oz. assorted olives
12 oz. feta cheese, cut into 1⁄2-inch cubes
2 Tbs. chopped flat leaf parsley
2 tsp. chopped thyme

Heat the cumin seeds, coriander seeds, chili flakes, garlic slices, orange zest and olive oil in a saucepan until just warm and fragrant, about 7 minutes. Pour over the olives and allow to cool completely. Gently stir in the feta, and allow everything to marinate at least 4 hours. This will keep for several days covered in the refrigerator.

When ready to serve, bring the olives and cheese to room temperature and stir in the parsley and thyme. Serve with sliced baguette or pita bread.
(Rebecca Ets-Hokin)