31 October 2011

Three Pieces of Greek Food Knowledge and Some Love...

 Hallo everybody!

This is Demie from Paraphernalia and I am guest posting for Hannah, who is on her lovely holiday (lucky girl!). I am a Greek living in Norway for a long time now. Long enough to know that grilling is a very special Norwegian habit (especially in summertime) but also during other seasons. Everybody grills in Norway! Our neighbors grill, the pensionists grill, kids grill, our King grills and of course we grill too, a lot!

Three things I brought from Greece , or better three pieces of food knowledge match grilled food in a perfect way!

The first is the one and only Greek salad. I always get surprised when people ask me how to make a Greek salad. It is so easy! Here's what you need:

3-4 big tomatoes
1 cucumber
1 red onion
Feta cheese (preferably Greek)
Olive oil (preferably Greek)
Salt and oregano

Cut the tomatoes into boats, peal and slice cucumber and cut the onion into thin slices. Mix togetehr in a deep dish  with feta and olives. Pour plenty of olive oil and sprinkle with salt and oregano. If you have guests, and they are many, mix in some lettuce cut into thin strips and the salad will go further but still be very Greek!

The other is the Tzatziki! Jamie Oliver said once in a T.V. program of his that those who invented tzatziki must be a genius... ok, I don't know about that but it is easy peasy to make and tastes delicious! You will need:

1 tub of greek yogurt
1 cucumber
1-2 cloves of garlic
Olive oil (preferably Greek)
Salt and Pepper
Olives (for garnish)

Peel and grate the cucumber and then squeeze as much of the liquid out of the cucumber as possible. Grate the garlic and mix it with the cucumber and yogurt. Sprinkle with olive oil and salt and pepper. Garnish with olive. This sauce is great with grilled food or on bread!

This one is supposed to be a secret. It is my Mom's Good Seasoning Mix. I'll only give you four of the ingredients, since I don't even know the fifth! Still it tastes almost as it should. You will need:

Black pepper
Garlic powder

You can either mix them all together and keep it in a jar for seasoning meat (lamb or pork) or just season as you go. It tastes even better when mixed with olive oil to create a marinade!

The fifth ingredient is still unknown, but I am sure that love can be used instead.

It can make miracles you know (yes, in making food too)!

Good luck and Kali Oreksi!

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