Hello everyone! Woke up today and was in the mood of doing outdoor type of things. Wanted to take advantage of the nice weather here in UAE, because in a month from now, Tony and I will be stuck indoors because of the unbearable, resembling hell, no...hell is cooler, heat that will start in what people here call summer...Yes the heat here frustrates me but hey, what can we do right? So as I was saying I wanted to go outside but my plans were ruined because I had to become the personal caretaker of Kostas who came down with a flu. Ugh...flu sucks and I feel for him really! I felt sorry for him and so I didn't feel so bad about staying at home. Plus there is always the evening when Tony and me will be taking our walk near the beach and Kostas most likely will have moved from one sofa to the other one :)
So, decided to stay and take care of him. Not a lot I could do apart from asking what he wants and him saying nothing, really. But I had to make something for him to eat and the number one food we make when one is sick, is of course chicken soup. My dad swears by it! You have the flu, you eat chicken soup! That's what he always says. And ever since he read somewhere that in the flu vaccine they use egg (actually I don't know where he read that) he swears by it even more saying: "see the chicken soup has egg so that's why it is good for the flu". Our families are a little like the movie My Big Fat Greek Wedding only not so exaggerated, but in this case the same way that guy in the movie swore by Windex to cure everything, the same way my dad swears by chicken soup. But not any type of chicken soup. It has to be the greek type because it has the egg in it...don't forget it is also found in the flu vaccine :)
The greek chicken soup is finished with an egg and lemon cream called avgolemono. I have mentioned that before in another entry. It is what gives this soup it's distinct sour flavour and makes it thick and foamy because of the egg. There are no noodles in it but instead there is calrose rice. It is very simple, like almost all greek foods, but I think it is the simplicity of this soup that makes it an ideal comfort food...especially when you are down with something. So soup it was! And it turned out very good too! At least Kostas said so when he ate a bowl of it! While I was preparing it I took many pictures but please forgive me for them not being very clear. My hand is still a little sore and since I didn't have any assistance I am guessing these pictures will have to do.
There is one more recipe for you today. I'm going to visit my cousin tomorrow and when I asked him what should I bring you that I can cook and put it on my blog he said piroski. Piroski is a type of snack that you can also eat for breakfast. It is a type of dough that is stuffed usually with either potato or cheese and fried. It is best eaten as soon as it comes out form the frying pan, when it is nice and crispy. The good thing is that although it is fried the dough itself does not absorb too much oil which gives you the chance to always eat more than one :) It is one of THE comfort snacks if you ask me. I love it and personally I have never met anyone who doesn't. I made three kinds of filling for the, what I call them, stuffed buns. One is a cheese mixture, the other is the classic potato and onion and finally the last one is a ground beef stuffing. My favourite one is the potato one. My cousin's the cheese. The meat one although not very common is also delicious. Try them! I'm sure you will love them!
Hope Kostas is feeling better tomorrow...
Dia, Kostas and Tony
for more information on how to make the chicken soup please click here
for more information on how to make the stuffed buns please click here
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