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  1. Greek Octopus Cooked in Wine with Potatoes

    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

  2. Fusion Tzatziki with Cucumber Mint and Mozzarella

    July 20, 2017 by Varga László

     

    Ingredients (2-3 servings):

    • 1 long cucumber
    • 3 green garlic
    • approx 10 mint leaves
    • 200 g greek yoghurt
    • 100 g mini mozzarella balls
    • salt and pepper to taste

     

    Preparation method:

    1. Slice the spring garlic.
    2. Cut the mozzarella balls into two.
    3. Shred the mint leaves into 3-4 pieces each.
    4. Wash the cucumber and slice it into thin slices (2-3 mm thick).
    5. Add all these ingredients into a bowl, mix them carefully not to break the ingredients. Add salt and pepper to taste.

     


  3. Shrimp Saganaki (Garides Saganaki) – Greek Recipe:

    September 17, 2014 by Varga László

    Shrimp Saganaki (Garides Saganaki) - Greek Recipe

    As i told in a previous article, I had a short summer holiday in Greece where I ate quite a few seafood  dishes, one of the favorite being the following – Shrimp Saganaki or as the Greek call it – Garides Saganaki.

    I bought and brought back from Greece lots goodies – feta cheese, Kalamata olives and extra virgin olive oil.

    A week a go, Shuang, a friend from China, stayed over so I cooked her the following dish. She licked her fingers

     Ingredients (4 servings):

    • 500 g medium shrimps (about 15-20 pieces)Shrimp Saganaki (Garides Saganaki) - Greek Recipe
    • 50 ml ouzo
    • 400 g cherry tomatoes, but you can use also plum ore other kind of tomatoes
    • 200 g Greek feta cheeseShrimp Saganaki (Garides Saganaki) - Greek Recipe
    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
    • 6 garlic cloves
    • 1 medium onion
    • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
    • 1/2 tablespoon chili flakes
    • 1 teaspoons red peppercorns
    • salt to taste
    • a few bread slices for the side
    • a handful of Kalamata olives for the finishing

     

    Preparation method:

    1. Chop the garlic and onion.Shrimp Saganaki (Garides Saganaki) - Greek Recipe
    2. Halve the cherry tomatoes, or if using bigger tomatoes, dice them.Shrimp Saganaki (Garides Saganaki) - Greek Recipe
    3. Heat the olive oil in a smaller pan over medium heat.
    4. Add the chopped onion, garlic and red chili flakes and fry until translucent and softened.Shrimp Saganaki (Garides Saganaki) - Greek Recipe
    5. Add the cherry tomatoes, stir and simmer over medium heat about 5 minutes, the sauce has formed.
    6. Add the whole shrimps, ouzo and the red peppercorns to taste and simmer for 2 minutes.Shrimp Saganaki (Garides Saganaki) - Greek Recipe
    7. Crumble or cut the feta cheese into cubes.Shrimp Saganaki (Garides Saganaki) - Greek Recipe
    8. Add the feta cheese and oregano. Cover it with a lid and simmer for another 3-4 minutes until the cheese has melted.Shrimp Saganaki (Garides Saganaki) - Greek Recipe
    9. Meanwhile in a different pan heat some olive oil and fry some rye bread to toast.Shrimp Saganaki (Garides Saganaki) - Greek Recipe
    10. Serve while shrimps still hot.

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