I'm gonna eat a lot of lamb! :) Love that song by the way! And eating lamb for that matter :) Hello everyone! Hand is feeling better and I can actually type, so since it is Friday, Kostas is the cook today. And that means only one thing - we get to eat goooood! :) Two things he is making today, apart from messing up the kitchen. The first thing is one of the various appetisers that we will be making throughout the coming weeks, and are all dedicated to our good and far away friend Mark. Just as a note, we think that Mark is awesome and that he is the type of person that you only need to hang out a couple of hours with him to have him as a lifetime friend. And that's what actually happened with us. So...Mark requested a couple of greek appetisers for his upcoming celebration and we will be giving some ideas and recipes. The other thing that Kostas is making is lamb - country style. There are various ways you can cook lamb in Greece and this one is actually pretty yummy. The good thing about this recipe is that you can actually make individual portions, something that rarely happens in Greece. Because in Greece it is all about sharing food.
Ahhhh sharing food...Rarely you will see people in the taverns around Greece ordering their own individual portions. Usually, what you get in front of you is an empty plate that you get to fill with delicious stuff that are lying around in plates on the table. The salads are all in the middle, the fish or meat or seafood is also in the middle for everyone to share. You get to diversify your taste this way. Now you will ask what if I want to eat fish and the other person wants to eat meat....that is also easily solved by either deciding form the beginning if everyone will eat fish or meat or by ordering both! The point is to share. And I think that this is a very nice way to come closer with people. Because food is about, as I said before, bringing people together. This is why it is difficult for us to prepare portions. People ask me for how many people is this food you are cooking? I reply always I don't know because there will be no individual portions served...it will go in the middle and people can eat how much they want. And the leftovers well...we can always eat tomorrow :)
Back to our menu for today though because I am lost in my own thoughts. So one is the the appetiser which is what we call in Greece eggplant salad and the other is the main course which is country style lamb. The eggplant salad is not a salad even though we call it this way. In our region, it falls under the category of what we call pastes and it is an appetiser that you get to eat with toasted bread and with other things that are on the table like fish, meat, or seafood. It is definitely one of the main appetisers that are on every table together with the famous tzatziki - we will cover that in another entry - and usually served during the summer when the eggplant is at its best! Moving on to the other recipe, which is basically lamb with herbs and vegetables wrapped in baking sheet and baked in the oven slow and low till tender and juicy. It goes well with yogurt and you can always make it and place it in the middle of the table and share it with others. Just because we said that it is made in individual portions, it doesn't mean you can't share it! :)
So enjoy and let us know what you think. Oh and here is a picture of how our Easter last Sunday was with our rotisserie lamb! Hope you like it!
Dia, Kostas and Tony
for more information on how to make the Eggplant salad please click here
for more information on how to make the country lamb please click here
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