Hello everybody and welcome back!
In one of our last posts (when we were living in UAE) I wrote about a dinner we had at a local restaurant there with a friend who was visiting us. I clearly remember it was during Ramadan and we had Iftar (the break of the fasting for Muslim people) in an Afghani restaurant. A lot of people back then asked us what does that have to do with Greek food. The answer is: absolutely nothing... and absolutely everything...
When I lived in the states I met so many Greeks that used to call Greece their motherland but the US their home. Greeks in Germany would drive every year to reach their motherland but called Germany their home. Greeks in UAE leave every summer for a visit to Greece but call UAE their home. And the same goes for Australians (only perhaps every two years because let's face it these people are really far!), and all the other Greeks around the world who visit their motherland but have one or two homes. In our family we have three homes (past and current) but, in our case, two motherlands that we carry with us everywhere we go.
Same goes with the food and traditions for Greeks living away from their motherland. And the same goes for our recipes...influenced by where we live but keeping our motherland alive through the ingredients. And with that, I leave you for today with a recipe for a salad that uses ingredients with influences from our motherland and more...
Quinoa salad with smoked mackerel!
Kostas, Dia, Ektoras, Daeira and of course Tony!
You can find the recipe here.
Let's start by saying sorry...
In our family we say sorry if we did something wrong. And nothing is more wrong than being absent at the table. So we are here to set the table again!
But let's start with a quick recap. Sooo many things have happened...and let's face it, not only for us but for the whole world. You left us where we were living in UAE, with a dog named Tony. We are now in a transition phase living in Greece because of the Covid restrictions, Tony is still with us of course, but we now have two children! A boy named Barkon Ektoras ( Μπαρκόν Έκτορας) and a girl named Taitou Daeira (Ταἵτοὐ Δάειρα). Kids are almost six, and although this in no way justifies our absence, it makes us feel a tiny bit of comfort that we had a very good "excuse" for our absence.
We are now riding the pandemic in Greece and moving back to UAE again when conditions permit it.
So this was our short recap and summer is officially here in Greece and that makes the whole craziness of the pandemic a lot more bearable. Let's set the table people and welcome you to our home again with a summer dish with a twist.
Fresh peas (that I found in the farmers' market here) with feta whipped cream! Definitely in season and so wonderfully matched with fresh dill.
Thank you for remaining loyal to us all this time despite our absence. We appreciate it a lot and we promise to keep this place fun and tasty!
Kostas, Dia, Ektoras, Daeira and Tony!
You can find the recipe here
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