Thursday, February 23, 2012

Rizogalo (Greek Rice Pudding)

This is one of my favoyrite deserts! My dad used to make this really often when we were little and we all loved it! Its name literally means rice - milk (as in Greek, rizi means rice and gala means milk). 

Ingredients (for about 6 little bowls)
1/2 cup short grain white rice
1.5 cup  water
3.5 cups milk
1.5 tbsp cornflour
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup sugar
pinch of salt
cinnamon for serving
optional: zest of 1/2 lemon

How to Make
In a saucepan boil 1.5 cup of water and add the rice. Let it cook until rice is done for about 7-10 minutes. The rice must be soft - if needed add little hot water. Then add 3 cups milk, sugar, vanilla extract and lemon zest (opptional) and let it warm up.
In the meanwhile mix cornflour and the remaining 1/2 cup of milk until fully homogeneous and throw them in the pot too. From now on, lower the heat and boil for 10-15 minutes, stirring constantly, until thickens. Divide into small bowls and let cool well. When cool, sprinkle with cinnamon and refrigerate.
Find it in Greek here.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Fasolada (Traditional Greek Bean Soup)

Fasolada is one of the most basic dishes of Greek cuisine. To make this soup you’ll need beans, onions, tomato paste, celery, carrots, olive oil, salt and pepper. This means that it is made from materials that you can find everywhere. The preparation method is very easy because all ingredients just need to boil together. Fasolada is one of the foods that none of us appreciated as a child, but growing up we realized its nutritional value and mum was right to insist on finishing our whole plate.

Some combinations that are tasty and healthy follow:
With feta cheese. Apart from the wonderful flavor that feta cheese gives it also supplements the dish with amino acids, known to be the basic protein components.
With olives. They provide mono-unsaturated fats in the body and vitamin E. The ideal way to serve olives is with lemon. Vitamin c that lemons contain enhances significantly the absorption of beans’ iron.
With pickles. Pickles contain fiber, salt and little energy (about 30 calories a portion). Prefer the pickles that are preserved in oil, rather than brine.
With salted fish. Three pieces of salted fish provide 150 calories. Before serving, wash them very well, because they are kept in too much salt.
With raw salad. The salad, because of the fiber that contains, facilitates bowel function, so the beans cause less indigestion.

Ingredients (Serves 4)
1 cup of beans (200 gr)
1 tbsp baking soda
olive oil
1 large onion
2 carrots
4 tbsp tomato sauce
1 / 3 tsp black pepper
1 / 2 tsp red pepper
1 bunch celery
1.5 tbsp salt

1 small chili pepper
1 green pepper
1 red pepper
some lemon

How to Make

Soak beans overnight with little baking soda in plenty of water. Next day, put onion and celery in the chopper and chop the vegetables (carrots and peppers optional). At the same time drain and beans. Put olive oil in a pot to cover the bottom well, and turn on the stove. When olive oil gets hot, add onion and celery, after 1-2 minutes carrots and peppers (personally I prefer everything chopped in small cubes) and leave for a while to soften all vegetables. Then add beans, black and red pepper. Then, add the tomato sauce and stir well. Fill the pot with water until it covers completely the beans and let it boil until tender. 
In the pressure cooker it takes 25 minutes from the time the valve whistles, and a simple pan around one and a half hour.When beans are ready, add 1.5 tsp salt and a little lemon juice and stir well. 
Find it in Greek here.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Chionati (Snow White) - Cake with chocolate and coconut topping

This is a desert that I first had at my godmother's several years ago. Since then, my mother makes it a lot and now I do too! The name Chionati, means Snow White in greek and its taken this name from the coconut topping that looks like snow - obviously! Basically its a really tasty cake wrapped in chocolate and coconut!

3 eggs
7 small coffee cups sugar
4 small coffee cups corn oil
9 small coffee cups flours (all puprose)
4 small coffee cups milk
2 tsp baking powder

1.5 large cup water
1.5 large cup sugar
250 gr. dark chocolate
2 tsp butter

200 gr. coconut
How to Make
Beat the eggs with the sugar until they get fluffy and then add corn oil gradually. Continue with flour, baking powder and milk alternatively. Grease well a medium baking pan, pour in the mixture and bake at 175 (Celsius) for about 40-45 minutes. Let it cool.
Prepare the chocolate by putting water, sugar, dark chocolate and butter in a sausepan and let it boil for about 10-15 minutes until chocolate melts entirelly. Cut the cake into cubes and dip them in the chocolate, then cover with coconut and refridgerate.
Put the remaining edges of the cake with some of the chocolate together and use coupe pates to give this mixture shape. Cover these again with chocolate and coconut.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Fish Soup

Fish soup is one of my best soups! I find it really tasty and healthy! Usually, I use fish fillets for convenience, but whole fish can be used as well!

300-400 gr of fish fillet (cod, monkfish, halibut, red snapper)
2 carrots
3 potatoes 
1 zucchini
1 onion
2 green peppers
3 tbsp white rice
1/3 tsp black pepper
1 tbsp salt
a little olive oil
chopped celery (about 3-4 tbsp)
lemon juice

How to Make
Boil the fish fillets for 15-20 minutes. Use a sieve to strain the fillets, keep the broth and check the fillets for remainig fish bones. At the same time boil carrots, potatoes, zucchini, onion and pepper until soften and keep aside.
In a pot, pour the fish broth (about 5-5.5 cups), add little olive oil, salt and pepper and let it boil. Then, add the white rise and let it cook for about 7-8 minutes. Cut carrots in slices and 1 potato in cubes. Put the rest of the potatoes, onion, zicchini and pepper in liquidiser. Add this mixture to the pot along with the cut carrots and potatoes. 
When the rice is ready, add little lemon juice and the fish fillets.
Find it in Greek here.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Pork with Leeks (Praso-tigania)

This is a dish that combines perfectly perfectly pork with leeks and because of its ingedients, is a meal that contains everything! Protein, vegetables, flavour! Its name praso-tiganiA mean exactly what it is. Praso is leek and tiganiA means fried pork cut in small portions.

500 gr. pork cut in small portions
little olive oil
1/2 cup white wine
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
1/2 tsp ground red pepper 
1 tsp oregano
500 gr leeks washed and cut
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
little olive oil
2 tbsp tomato sauce
1 tsp salt

How to Make
In a large skillet put little olive oil in and when it starts getting hot put the pork and with a wooden spoon turn them around again and again until they get brown on the outside. Pour the wine and let it boil for 2-3 minutes. Add oregano, black and red ground pepper and water to cover everything, cover with a lid and let it boil for about half kour until the pork is cooked. Check now and then the water, and add boiling water if needed.
Continue with the leeks. In a pan put little olive oil and when hot add the leeks. Turn them around for a while, add tomato sause and spices, water to cover them and let them cook for about half hour until soften. When ready, add the cooked pork and let them cook together for another 5-10 minutes.
Find it in Greek here.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Liebster Blog Award

Few days ago I received this award twice! First from Soni and her Food for Thought, and then from Anita and her Recipes with Pictures. I would like to thank them both for awarding my blog! As I read, Liebster is German and translates to the English word“dearest”or” favorite”. It’s meant for up-and-coming blogs with less than 200 followers.”

There are some rules that come with the award!
1. Thank your Liebster Blog Award presenter on your blog (DONE)
2. Link back to the blogger who presented the award to you (DONE)
3. Copy and paste the blog award on your blog (DONE)
4. Present the Liebster Blog Award to 5 blogs of 200 followers or less who you feel deserve
to be noticed. (Some say just 3 or more blogs of less than 200 followers each) (FOLLOWS)
5. Let them know they have been chosen by leaving a comment at their blog (WILL DO)

This part is really tough, but I ve reached a decision! And the Liebster Blog Award goes to.....
1. Eri - It all tastes greek to me
2. Helen Gr - Travelling and Cooking
3. Angela - Soap Mom's Kitchen
4. Anna - At Anna's Kitchen Table
5. Rita - Sage Cuisine
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