Melitzanosalata – Aubergine Puree Salad

Ingredients
2-3 large aubergines
2 cloves garlic; crushed with salt
1 medium onion, grated
2 tablespoons tahini paste
juice of 1 large lemon
1 teaspoon paprika
2-3 tablespoons olive oil

Method
First ‘burn’ the aubergines! To achieve the proper smokey flavour, the aubergines need to be grilled, either over a barbeque or under the grill until the glossy black skin begins to burn. Finish cooking the aubergines in the oven if necessary as they must be cooked through.

Peel away the skin and put the aubergine flesh and other ingredients into a liquidiser.

Now add olive oil to taste. The puree needs to taste rich but not over oily.

Garnish with chopped parsley and black olives.

Bara Brith

Ingredients

  • 6oz currants
  • 6oz sultanas
  • 8oz light muscovado sugar
  • 10 fl oz strong, hot tea
  • 10 oz self-raising flour
  • 1egg, beaten

Method

  • Measure the fruit and sugar into a bowl, pour over the hot tea and leave overnight.
  • Lightly grease and base line a 2 lb tin with greaseproof paper. Pre-heat the oven to 150 degrees C / 300 degrees F / Gas 2.
  • Stir the flour and egg into the fruit mixture, mix thoroughly then turn into the prepared tin and level the surface.
  • Bake in the oven for about 1½ – 1¾ hours or until well risen and firm.

Crunchy Top Lemon Cake

Ingredients

  • 4 oz. soft margarine
  • 6 oz caster sugar
  • 6oz self-raising flour
  • 1 tsb baking powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 tbsp milk
  • Grated rind of 1 lemon

for the crunchy topping;

  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 4 oz caster sugar

Method

  • Pre-heat oven to 180 degrees C/ 350 degrees F/ Gas 4. Lightly grease and base-line a 7 inch deep round cake tin with greaseproof paper.
  • Measure al the ingredients for the cake into a large bowl and beat well until smooth. Turn the mixture into the prepared tin and level the surface.
  • Bake in the pre-heated oven for about 35-40 minutes.
  • Whilst the cake is baking, make the crunchy topping. Measure the lemon juice and sugar into a bowl and stir until blended.
  • When the cake comes out of the oven, spread the lemon paste over the top whilst the cake is still hot.
  • Leave in the tin until cold, then turn out and remove the paper.

Christopsomo – Greek Christmas Bread

 

Greek Christmas bread Christopsomo

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast (two 1/4-ounce sachets)
  • 8 cups plain bread flour
  • 1 3/4 cups sugar
  • 2 cups whole milk, warmed
  • 2 teaspoons ground anise seeds
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated orange zest
  • 4 ounces (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted, plus more for pans
  • 5 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • Vegetable oil, for bowl
  • 1 large egg yolk, lightly beaten with 1 tablespoon whole milk, for egg wash
  • 3 tablespoons sesame seeds

Method

  • Sprinkle yeast, 1 cup flour, and 1/4 cup sugar over milk in a medium bowl. Cover, and let stand for 1 hour.

  • Combine remaining 7 cups flour and 1 1/2 cups sugar, the anise seeds, salt and  orange zest, . Make a well in center of mixture, and add milk mixture, melted butter, and eggs. Mix together ingredients using your hands. Once combined, turn out dough onto a lightly floured surface, and knead, adding more flour if needed, until smooth and supple, about 15 minutes.

  • Transfer dough to a lightly oiled bowl. Cover with cloth, and let rise in a warm place until doubled in volume, 1 1/2 to 2 hours.

  • Butter two pans. Knead down the dough, divide in half, and place into a  prepared pan. Cover with a cloth, and let rise until doubled in volume, 1 1/2 to 2 hours. With a small amount, make  Crosses for the bread and place on the top of the loaf.

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Brush egg wash over tops of loaves, and sprinkle with sesame seeds. Bake until golden brown, about 45 minutes. Transfer pans to a wire rack, and let cool for 15 minutes. Run a knife around edge of pans, and remove bread. Let cool completely on wire rack.

Chicken Cilantro Meatballs With Yogurt Sauce

Ingredients
  • -Meatballs-
  • 1 lb ground chicken
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 3 tablespoons cilantro (coriander)
  • ¼ teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon marjoram
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ¼ cup breadcrumbs
  • salt and pepper
  • flour
  • -Yogurt Sauce-
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, pressed
  • 1 tablespoon cilantro (coriander)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • salt and pepper to taste

Method

  1. In a mixing bowl, combine: chicken, onion, cilantro, cumin, marjoram, egg, olive oil, bread crumbs, salt and pepper – mix well.
  2. Place in fridge for 30 minutes to allow mixture to firm up and breadcrumbs to absorb liquid.
  3. During this time, make yogurt sauce
  4. In bowl, combine: greek yogurt, olive oil, garlic, cilantro, lemon juice, salt and pepper – mix well.
  5. Place in fridge until needed.
  6. Now, let’s make the meatballs.
  7. Heat some oil in a frying pan.
  8. Rub your hands in some flour to avoid sticking.
  9. Take a spoon full of the chicken mixture, roll it in flour, shake off excess and form into a ball.
  10. Place in pan.
  11. Cook for about 5 minutes on each side, should be a nice golden brown.
  12. When done, remove and place on paper towel.
  13. Cook meatballs in batches until all mixture is used
  14. Place and serve with yogurt sauce!

Chicken With Tomatoes and Orzo

Ingredients
  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 1 cup orzo
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 14.5 ounce can of diced tomatoes
  • ½ cup chicken stock
  • 2 garlic cloves, pressed
  • 1 tablespoon oregano
  • 1 tablespoon brandy (optional)
  • ½ cup of feta, more if desired
  • ½ cup kalamata olives, more if desired.
  • olive oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Method

  1. Heat some oil in a large pan.
  2. Add diced onion, and cook until translucent, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add: orzo, diced tomatoes can, chicken stock, garlic, oregano, salt and pepper, and brandy if using, mix well.
  4. Bring to boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer for 7-10 minutes.
  5. Add chicken to pan, cover and continue simmering for another 20-25 minutes, until chicken is cooked and orzo is finished.
  6. With 5 minutes left, add olives.
  7. Once done, remove from heat.
  8. Plate chicken, and then a spoonful of tomato orzo mixture over.
  9. Top with feta and serve!