Monday, July 11, 2011

greek eats

Want to know what I've been doing the last couple of weeks? Eating. That's what. The Greeks are responsible for some friggin' good cuisine. And let me tell you, it's made up of a lot of olive oil. And sugar. And meat. And some more olive oil -- for luck, you know. And while everything was so delicious, I've never wanted to participate in a cleanse or detox so much in my life!

Do you know those sesame snacks? The thin sesame crackers that are held together with honey? These look like those only they're thicker. We also haven't eaten them yet. We've been too full.

Caprice cookie sticks are a thin chocolate wafer cookie with chocolate filling. You can buy these at Hellas Foods, actually. They're really good. They were eaten in a flash.

Greek orange cookies. They're not very sweet, but you can taste a very slight hint of orange and they're very bread-y, but I like that.

These are the orange cookies before baking. The above were brought from Greece and then we made them again here. Truth: I think I single-handedly ate all of these by myself.

These are the best burgers I've ever had ever. I'm sad I didn't take a picture of one finished, but they were too delicious to set down! This recipe was also made again and formed into meatballs, half of which are currently frozen and awaiting one of those "I don't know what to cook" days.

greek pancakes
Greek pancakes have no sugar so you don't have to feel guilty about slathering them with jam or Nutella. But they're also fried in olive oil so... maybe there's no winning here.

Jam cookies. I was lead to believe that this recipe would make "diet jam candies" which I was really excited about until I saw that they were actually cookies with a tiny bit of jam in the center, extra on the olive oil, bake-fried, and then doused in syrup. I can't tell you how bummed I was when I saw flour being added. I really honestly thought we'd be using a jar of jam and they'd be like gummies or turkish delights. They are pretty good, though.

I would definitely find room for more of these chewy coconut candies. They're so good. I have to find them somewhere!

Not pictured: Stuffed tomatoes (these are my favourite), stuffed eggplants (little shoes), avgolemono rice meatballs (youvarlakia), pork souvlaki, spaghetti and meatballs, Turkish eggplants and tomatoes, extra garlic-y tzatziki, mushroom pie (this is so easy and will seriously knock your socks off), and sweet dumplings (the box kind again, but rounder and prettier)

Once I have some of the recipes nailed down a little better (a drinking glass was used for most of the measurements and the rest were eyeballed), I'll be sure to post some of the best ones here for you!


Jane said...

My mouth is watering just reading this post! Everything sounds delish and again I love your pics.

LaelShine said...

ooooh,food heaven you lucky duck!

Lana said...

I spent a summer in Greece a few years ago and I lived on tins of Caprice biscuits! They're so moreish :)

Idle Wife said...

Jane: Thanks! I wish I got pictures of everything.

LaelShine: You can kind of get a taste of it from some of the Greek restaurants around Edmonton!

Lana: Totally moreish! As soon as I have one, I can't stop!