Sorry for the delay in this post but I was too busy making this entire Greek menu! I hope you enjoy it as much as my family and I did!
Why did I choose to make an entire Greek meal? After reading about Greek mezethes from Georgia A and writing last weeks post about how I love making authentic ethnic cuisine, I felt like creating a Greek menu plan of my own; and so here it is!*
*I know this is a very humble menu compared to the huge meals they have in Greece! But trust me it was plenty filling for the six of us in my family!
So want to know how to make all these goodies? Than KEEP READING! :)
Appetizer (Meze): Egg Lemon Soup (Avgolemono)
I made this according to this recipe Food by Country but I cut the salt from 2 tablespoons down to 1/2 teaspoon and still found the salt excessive due to the high sodium content in the chicken broth, so I suggest if you're not using homemade chicken broth then to omit the salt altogether.
Side Dish: Mixed Roasted Vegetables (Briam)
I made this according to this recipe: Delicious Briam recipe (Greek mixed Roasted Vegetables) my only recommendation is that you use young small zucchini with a tender skin as the skin on a zucchini is much tougher than all the other vegetables skins and needs more time in the oven to soften up but that means too much time for all the other vegetables.
Main Dish: Chicken Souvlaki on a GF Pita
This one was great! I use this recipe for the Chicken Souvlaki this one for the GF Pita . The only changes I made to the the pita recipe was I substituted the cornstrach for arrowroot powder (for health reasons, lets face it corn ain't the doctor's best friend).
Tzatziki (Cucumber-Yogurt Sauce)
I used this recipe: Tzatziki sauce recipe (Greek Yogurt and Cucumber Sauce). It depend on your lil' ol' taste buddies but we're prefer tzatziki with a more predominant garlic flavour. Make sure you drain the Greek yogurt (if you're using plain yogurt than drain an even longer time).
Dessert: Honey Pie (Melopita)
I made this once before with great results using this recipe from Food By Country but I was trying to make sure the recipe was traditional and I found quite a few recipes more akin to this one from Cook Me Greek so that is the recipe I went instead.
My family agrees that we prefer the melopita recipe from Food By Country but the ricotta one is still good and probably more authentic but tastes more like a dessert omelet than a cake (perhaps use one less egg?).
Need some help planning when to make these dishes?
Here's a time table I made showing when to start each dish, so that it's possible for one person to make by themselves (but much better for two to do!). It starts at 3 o'clock and ends at 7 o'clock.
I served the egg lemon soup at 5:00 as an appetizer and the main course and vegetables at 6:00 and lastly the dessert at 7:00 pm.
Recently I've been checking out this site Food By Country and reading about various country's ethnic foods & eating traditions. This kind of thing really fascinates me... but, I always wonder how accurate it is.
Regardless I love trying to make authentic dishes from around the world and will do my level best to make it authentic in as much as I know how.**
So how about you? Do you like a specific type of ethnic cuisine (e.g. Italian, Chinese, Mexican, etc.), if so tell me about in the comment section*** below I'd love to hear about what recipes/dishes**** you've tried!
Thanks & Blessings,
Life After Gluten
* For the record I am not from the South***** and only I say "Ya'll" on the very rare occasion.
** Are your roots deep in a foreign country (AKA other that Canada)? If so please tell a little about traditional and nontraditional food culture from your part of the globe!
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**** Disclaimer: Please do not tell me about any ceramic, china, or paper dishes you have eaten. Thank-you and please do not eat anymore ceramic, china, or paper dishes. This has been a message from the Ontario Citizen writing this post.
***** Correction: I am a Southerner... that is, Southern Ontarian! Haha!!! ;)
This GF brownie recipe competed in my local fair against gluten filled brownies and it won a blue ribbon!
Also a friend of my dad came over one night and we served these brownies. We told him that they're gluten free and he jokingly scoffed. But then he bit into it and shocked that something so good could be gluten free said that they were really good (ps. he had two or three brownies that night).
So here's the recipe I hope you enjoy just as much or more than others have!
Preheat oven to 375f. Grease a 9" square baking pan and set aside.
3 1/2 tbsp. Quinoa flour
3 1/2 tbsp. Brown rice flour
3 1/2 tbsp. Potato Starch
2/3 cup Cocoa, dark
1/4 tsp GF baking powder
In a separate bowl mix together:
4 Eggs, lightly beaten, at room temp.
1 3/4 cup Sugar
1 cup Butter, melted & cooled
Add the sifted ingredients into the egg mixture and stir until combine. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake for 30 minutes or until brownies start pulling away from the sides of the pan. Let cool and enjoy!
It is 7 a.m. September 5th, 2015, and I am now lying awake.
Yes, awake, thinking “WOW today is the day I enter my gluten free carrot cake in the fair!” Okay so I can't go back to sleep because I'm way too excited to sleep. I get dressed and do my devotions. Then I wait anxiously for the rest of the family to get up and ready to go to the fair.
I wait, and I wait... okay I'm still waiting. Now I'm staring at the cake, still waiting. Now I'm panicking over last minute second thoughts over what would have worked better in my recipe! Okay now I pray and I'm feeling much better. And now perhaps I'm done waiting for everyone.
Now we're off to the fair!
What will happen at the fair? Will Tamara get a first prize and do a victory dance? Or, will her cake fall on the floor before get judged? Or, will she not place at all? Or, will Bugs Bunny eat all the carrot cake before they get judged or will he do it after the judging?
There's only one way to find out stayed tuned for Tamara's next post “To Win” or “Not to Win.”