Monday, March 13, 2006

Kathara Deftera

Which in Greek means Clean Monday, and its the 1st day of Lent. For some reason, this is a public holiday, and the drill is as follows:

Big family lunch of legumes, seafood, special bread called lagana, special dip made of cod eggs, and flying kytes everywhere.

What happened chez nous, is another story...

That is octopus boiled in one glass of olive oil, one glass of dry white wine, and one glass of red whine vinnegar. You just put the liquids in your pot, then octopus, cover it, and let it simmer for an hour or so, till the octopus softens to the point of melting and the liquids become a thick sauce.

Next to it is mussels. A tad of olive oil in the skillet, tons of garlic cloves, parsley, wine, then the mussels, then lemon juice, and at the end, a generous quantity of mustard, which thickens the sause magically. This is good on top of pasta or rice too.

Shrimps and other ocean creatures, grilled or steamed, or alive!

And then, after the oceans of ouzo, one should need something sweet, dont you know!

Tradition says we should eat halva. And another thing made of semolina, olive oil, nuts and raisins. You actually brown the semolina in the olive, then add water, cherries, or any other dry fruit, raisins, nuts, sugar. You put it in small cake tins, let them cool, and eat them!

And I made all of them toast for you :)


Anonymous shauna said...

:) looks wonderful!

11:55 PM  
Blogger Catesa said...

fabulous feasts! im not a fan of octopus or squid, i tried quite a lot of different ways to eat it while living in Italy but never could get used to the texture/flavour combination. everything looks really wonderful though!

5:07 PM  

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