Last year, I made a heavy chicken and “roasties” dinner that Jan had requested. For this weekday meal I wanted something similar, but much lighter. I am making a spinach and orzo salad, so I wanted just the chicken and the Greek flavors tonight.
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Easter is upon us and, in this household, this means lamb. Since I like to mix up my cultures while cooking, son-in-law Chris suggested a Greek korma lamb. This would be lamb braised in yogurt but with Greek, rather than Indian, flavors. While most of my diners would be fine with this, the wife, Jan, only likes lamb barbecued. To meet both their desires I decided to barbecue the lamb and top it with a hot yogurt sauce on the side, something like a hot tzatziki.
I am making lamb for Easter and I wanted a salad to go with my lamb and pasta dishes. A Greek salad seemed to be the way to go. This is a rustic salad of tomatoes, cucumbers, red onion, olives, feta cheese dressed with salt and herbed olive oil. In America this is usually serves over a bed of lettuce. I decided to use a mixed herb salad.
Eilene trimmed our grape plant—it was starting to overrun the fig tree. I looked at all of these fresh grape leaves and thought dolmas! I have made them with bottled preserved leaves, but I am sure they are even better with fresh leaves. When you say “dolma” you have only said “stuffed thing.” What is stuffed and what you stuff it with can cover a world of possibilities.
A while ago I discovered the secret to restaurant quality Mexican rice. Like most Americans, I had been putting all of the ingredients into the pot with the raw rice and cooking everything together. Sometimes the rice would come out perfect, but most of the time it would come out as a sticky mess. The secret is to cook the rice separately and then stir it into the sauce.
Avgolemono soup is a Greek soup that may have its origin in Iberia brought by Sephardic Jews after they were expelled from Spain in 1492. In its simplest form it has only four ingredients: chicken stock, some kind of starch (usually rice or orzo), a souring agent (usually lemon juice, but pomegranate and sour orange juice may also be used) and eggs. While the simple soup may be nice, it would not make a complete meal because it lacks vegtables.