...In the meantime we are still fasting with less than a week to go until the lamb, Spiros, gets mascaraed and devoured.
"I made vegetarian food, you should come over after church"
my Greek-Californian friend Jenny whispered to me as I shuffled in next to her in the back pew at church on Palm Sunday.
No "hey, what's up" but that's typical Greek to talk about food first. As we continued our back pew banter discussing our search in church findings (negatory) we decided to hit up our local Greek market, Papacristos, afterward for a few extra goodies for the feast. Papcristos is making some killer sesame kalamata bread these days plus they have the largest selection of Greek wine around (our selection for the vegetarian feast being Moschofilero).
Jenny or Tzenny prepared a truly Greek feast using fresh ingredients from the farmer's market and/or her own home grown: an actual portrayal of the traditional Mediterranean diet that has sadly been loosing ground in modern Greece. Or maybe this is just Cali-Greek cooking for you. Either way I was lucky to be her guest at her super cute 1920's Torrance abode.
Organic horta aka red swiss chard
Traditional Greek "Cole Slaw": shredded cabbage with vinegar, olive oil, and salt
Kalamata Olive and Sesame Bread from Papacristo's
Jenny's homemade hummus
Gemista: Stuffed peppers with brown rice, barely, zucchini, garlic and garden herbs with homemade tomato sauce
Now fellas, Jenny is single so if you want a date, contact me. Just know there is a very stringent interview process.
Good times with the moscofilero. A week from now we will be stuffing our pie holes with lamb.