Showing posts with label vegetables. Show all posts
Showing posts with label vegetables. Show all posts

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Plenty of Veggies

Just in time for Great Lent, a lovely cookbook: "Plenty: Vibrant Vegetable Recipes from London's Ottolenghi."
Recipes are very simple: eggplant with pomegranate, za'atar and buttermilk sauce (pictured); beet, orange and olive salad; caramelized fennel with goat cheese; quinoa salad with dried Persian lime ....
Chef Yotam Ottolenghi also wrote a Jerusalem cookbook.
Separately, a new take on grilled cheese, Sfakianopita, a Greek flat bread, which seems to be a version of the famed plakotiganites yiayia prepared but no one can duplicate. The recipe was featured on an episode of the Cooking Odyssey on PBS, which maintains a fabulous list of Greek recipes

Friday, November 14, 2008

Greek Islanders

Some Greek islanders who live to age 90 are the subject of an AARP longevity study.
I can tell them why Greeks live long: a rebellious spirit, and lots of yogurt. It helps that they eat plenty of seasonal veggies and walk a lot.
On the Isle of Hydra, which I visited for an exorbitant sum two weeks ago, residents this week blocked the arrival of boats. Their gripe: the loss of mega ferries that once dumped many more tourists in the tiny, gorgeous port. According to today's Kathimerini newspaper (in English), "residents on Hydra, in the Saronic Gulf, blocked the island’s main harbor for a second day ... locals gathered at the port Thursday and prevented a high-speed ferry from docking." A little moonshine -- raki -- probably gets those yiayiades and papoudes ready for their morning protests. "Nothing in excess" as Solon and others have said.