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  1. Greek Lamb Chops Recipe – Paidakia – with Roasted Asparagus

    August 31, 2018 by Varga László

    Ingredients (2 servings ):

    • 6 lamb chops
    • 1 lemon
    • 3 garlic cloves
    • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
    • 1 small red chili pepper
    • 1 tablespoon olive oil
    • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
    • a bunch of asparagus stalks

     

    Preparation method:

    1. Chop the garlic.
    2. Chop the red chili pepper.
    3. Squeeze the juice of half of the lemon.
    4. Mix together in a flatter bowl the chopped garlic, chopped chili, oregano, lemon juice, olive oil and sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste. Add the lamb chops. Toss them well in the marinade mixture, to be covered evenly. ( I did it a bit differently, i added the marinade ingredients over the lamb and tossed them a bit to mix them and cover evenly the lamb chops.)
    5. Let the chops marinate for 1-2 hours, even overnight if you have the time.
    6. Meanwhile prepare the asparagus:
    7. Wash the asparagus stalks and tear off their woodsy lower third.
    8. Grill the asparagus over high heat on two sides for a few minutes, until they get the nice charred grill marks.
    9. Grill the lamb chops for 2-3 minutes on each side and let them rest for a couple of minutes.
    10. Serve the lamb chops with the grilled asparagus and some lemon wedges / slices.

  2. Greek Octopus Cooked in Wine with Potatoes Recipe

    August 6, 2017 by Varga László

     

    A week ago I went home to my grandparents house to escape the heat wave we had in the city. Although there was also incredibly hot, the garden and the trees gave some shelter.
    As always when I’m going home I cook Sunday lunch’ main course. I wanted to cook some fish but I couldn’t find fresh fish to my liking so I bought some octopus.
    I remembered a dish I ate in the Greek island of Lefkada: octopus with potatoes in red wine, so I concocted a recipe similar to that:

    Ingredients (3-4 servings)

    • 1 kg octopus, cleaned

    • 3 tablespoons wine vinegar
    • 100 ml dry white wine
    • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
    • 3 cloves of garlic
    • 4 bay leaves
    • salt and paste to taste
    • 500 g potatoes

    Preparation method:

    1. Boil in advance the potatoes as a whole.
    2. Wash and clean the octopus. Cut them into smaller pieces.

    3. Add the octopus pieces into a pot, garlic and bay leaves, pour over the wine, vinegar and 100 ml water.

       

    4. Cover and cook for about an hour, on medium heat.
    5. After about 40 minute of cooking add the halved/sliced boiled potatoes and the tomato paste and continue to simmer for another 15-20 minutes.
    6. Serve while still hot

  3. Spring Greek Salad Recipe

    July 31, 2017 by Varga László

    Ingredients (2 servings):

    • 2 cornichon (smaller spring) cucumbers
    • 200 g cherry tomatoes
    • 2 green onions
    • 1 green garlic
    • 250 g halloumi cheese
    • 1-2 tablespoons dried oregano
    • 3-4 tablespoons Olive oil

     

    Preparation method:

    1. Wash thoroughly the cucumbers and slice them
    2. Cut the cherry tomatoes in halves
    3. Slice the green onions and green garlic
    4. Slice the halloumi cheese into around half centimeter slices.
    5. Add the halved cherry tomatoes, cucumber slices, sliced green onions and ​garlic, the olive​ oil, oregano and a bit of salt and pepper to taste.
    6. Shake them gently together to homogenize.
    7. Heat the (flat top) grill and drizzle a bit of olive oil.
    8. Place the halloumi slices and fry them over medium heat for about 2 minutes until golden brown. Turn them and fry them for another minute.
    9. Serve the salad onto plates and place the grilled halloumi on top.