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Marinated Pork Chops ©

August 16, 2017

Just the thing for a barbecue!

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Freshly picked tarragon from the garden, thick Greek yogurt, Dijon mustard and a sprinkling of whole red pepper corns! It’s always fun to make up a recipe from the ingredients available and this is definitely one I shall be doing again.

Reminiscing over the summer’s activities long ago, we talked of our four day trip to the Epirus Mountains in northern Greece and the wonderful introduction our friends gave us to a place full of history and tradition. While lunching in the beautiful mountain village of Metsovo, we tried and then bought, the well known Metsovo smoked cheese. Here below is how they traditionally cook it.

For S and C and E and F. Thank you so much!

Pork Chops Marinated In Fresh Tarragon ©

Easy

Two Persons

Special Equipment : Barbecue

Ingredients : Greek Metsovo Smoked Cheese

2 Slices of Greek Metsovo Smoked Cheese, 1 cm thick each slice

1 thinly sliced chilli pepper (optional)

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Summer Chilled Tomato Ginger Coriander And Lemon Grass Soup ©

August 12, 2017

 

 

 

 

There is nothing like home grown summer tomatoes!

 

 

 

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Preparation time: 1/2 hr

Cooking time :1/2 hr

 

 

 

For 6 persons

 

 

 

Ingredients

10 ripe summer tomatoes cut up roughly

1 large onion grated

2 tbs butter

1 thumb size piece of fresh ginger

1 stick of lemon grass, sliced i half

1 tsp coriander berries

1 chilli if you like it hot

1 tsp sugar

salt to taste and freshly ground black pepper

 

Accompaniment

 

2 cartons of ‘Fage’ Greek Yogurt

1 tbs chopped fresh mint or basil or coriander

A sprig of fresh herb to garnish

 

Method

  1. Chop tomatoes roughly and reserve in bowl.
  2. Peel and grate onion on large holes of grater. Place in saucepan along with 2 tbs butter and fry gently over a medium heat until transparent, approximately 4 minutes.
  3. Add ginger cut into four, lemon grass sliced in half long ways and coriander berries, a Chilli if liked. Toss in oil for another two minutes. Do not allow the onions to burn.
  4. Add roughly chopped tomatoes and simmer for half an hour.
  5. Remove lemon grass only and pour soup into a Mouli, first with the large holes and the second time with the small holes.
  6. Place in soup tureen and chill thoroughly and serve garnished with a sprig of fresh herb and a table spoon of ‘Greek Yogurt’ to which you have added chopped mint or coriander or basil.

 

 

Summer Chilled Tomato Ginger Coriander And Lemon Grass Soup ©

 

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Summer Chilled Tomato Ginger Coriander And Lemon Grass Soup ©

1.Chop or grate peeled onion.

Summer Chilled Tomato Ginger Coriander And Lemon Grass Soup ©

2. Place in  medium sized saucepan with butter and sweat over a medium heat until transparent, 4 minutes.

Summer Chilled Tomato Ginger Coriander And Lemon Grass Soup ©

3. Chop washed tomatoes into chunks, discarding the core.

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4. Peel thumb sized piece of ginger and slice into 4. Slice lemon grass in two, long ways and measure out 1 tsp of Coriander seeds.

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5. Add to saucepan along with a small chilli, if you like it extra spice and cook for 2 minutes.

Summer Chilled Tomato Ginger Coriander And Lemon Grass Soup ©

6. As the soup simmers the juices will come out of the tomatoes.

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7. Simmer for 1/2 an hour.

Summer Chilled Tomato Ginger Coriander And Lemon Grass Soup ©

8. Place “Mouli” over a clean saucepan and  remove lemon grass only, from soup. Pass soup first through large holes and then change filter and pass through the smaller ones.

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9. Garnish soup with a sprig of mint or basil.

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10. Final result!

 

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12.  Serve along with Greek Yogurt and chopped mint, or basil or fresh coriander.

Summer Chilled Tomato Ginger Coriander And Lemon Grass Soup ©

Just the thing served in hand made pottery from the island of Sifnos.

Summer Chilled Tomato Ginger Coriander And Lemon Grass Soup ©

Bon appétit!

Summer Chilled Tomato Ginger Coriander And Lemon Grass Soup ©

 

 

 

 

Sea Urchin Salad. “Ahinosalata” ©

August 7, 2017

A speciality!

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This is an all time speciality for those that like it….my family love it!!!

Easy if you have Sea Urchins readily available in the sea in front of you!

Otherwise you can find them in a good fish market.

4 Persons

Ingredients

As many ‘female’ sea urchins as you can gather ( See Method 1.)

olive oil

lemon juice

a little sea water

Cretan rusks

Method

1. Gather your sea urchins using a stick and a mask. The amount gathered  for this recipe was about 20 Sea Urchins. The best time is when there is a new moon, the Urchins have more eggs in them.  Important : The Female ones are redder and larger, with shorter spikes. The male ones are black and have longer spikes. It is the female ones you gather, so as to use the eggs. Often they have a small shell resting on their spines.

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Greek Aubergine Salad. Melizanosalata. ©

July 26, 2017

What’s Cooking In Jane’s Kitchen Today!!!!!

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This is a recipe I am most passionate about and it has taken me several tries to get it absolutely as I remember it.
In my youth I knew a dear Lady who made it beautifully and as a child I used to watch her with fascination as she meticulously prepared it, using the traditional Greek wooden pestle and mortar, called a ‘Goudi.’
When one day, much later on I tried to make it, I consulted one or two people , who said,” Oh it is nothing, it is easy!” Always be extra careful when people say that !
Just the smell of the baking aubergines, as they smolder on the coals….. The taste must be smoky, the consistency smooth and full, standing up when pushed with a spoon, like mayonnaise and the flavour of the cold press olive oil, just coming through. The lemon and vinegar must just balance…

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Greek Yogurt Cake ©

July 21, 2017

Specially for my Birthday!

Thank you for all your wonderful Birthday Wishes!

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My favourite Cake !

Greek Yogurt Cake ©

One candle for every month of the year!

Once upon a time in the ‘Good Old Days’ as we have come to call them, a very dear family friend used to make us this delicious cake.

She was an excellent cook and was from that generation that loved to make anything one asked her for.!!!! It was always for a special occasion that she made this cake, all cozy in the kitchen and out would come the cake tin! A buzz of excitement filled the air and us children took up our positions around the table to watch the fascinating process of making the cake. There were no ‘Mixers’ in those days, or certainly not where we lived on the island, so all the mixing was done by hand and after much beating and hopefully a little left for us girls to scrape from the bowl…

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Something A Little Different…..

July 1, 2017

Click on the photo and then on the small photo below to follow through the collection…….

The Friendly Dragonfly.

June 24, 2017

 

Something different!

Look closely at the different expressions……..

It is always the same Dragonfly which changes its colours according to the light.

 

 

 

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I am quite the film star!!!!!

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