|New duvet - yay!|
|View of our room.|
Ben and I have made Saturday our official "date night". Last week we went to the marina and ate out and had juice. This week we decided to grab groceries and cook something for ourselves and stay in. I grabbed a cookbook off of the very, very high shelf in the kitchen and sat down to plan. I love making soups, so true to form I chose a soup for us. We made out our grocery list, went to the store, still grabbed a fresh juice, and headed home. The soup we were getting ready to make is called avgolemono. According to the cookbook it originated in Greece. It is very easy to make and has a very rich and delicious flavor.
I also grabbed a loaf of cheese bread at the store and made garlic bread with a very different recipe than I had ever used. You simply crushed garlic and put it in the center of a piece of tin foil, drizzled some olive oil on it, sprinkled on sea salt, then placed the bread on top of that to cook in the oven. The flavor was more in the bread rather than slathered on top of it.
The recipes for the soup and garlic bread are as follows:
1 1/2 cup milk
2 tbsp cornstarch
6 egg yolks
7 cups chicken stock
1 1/2 cup rice
1/4 cup butter
2 tbsp parsley, chopped
1/4 lemon juice (or to taste)
finely grated zest of 1 lemon (optional)
salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Stir the milk and cornstarch together until smooth. Beat in the egg yolks. Set aside. Bring the stock to boil in a large pot, and add the rice. Cook, covered, over low heat until the rice is puffy and tender, about 25 minutes. Remove the soup from heat, and add the milk and egg mixture very gradually, stirring constantly to prevent lumps forming. Put the soup back on the burner and continue to cook for a moment, stirring, until it thickens. Remove from the heat again and add the butter, chopped parsley, lemon juice and finely grated lemon zest. Season to taste with salt and pepper, stir once more and serve immediately. Serves 7-10.
1 head garlic
1 large loaf of good rustic bread
Both of these recipes are from 500 Mediterranean Dishes by Valentina Sforza. I have many more recipes from this cookbook that I would LOVE to try!! While deciding on what we wanted for supper, we ran across a couple recipes that had ingredients such as rose water, that we hadn't ever used in cooking before. When we came across things that were unheard of to us, we thought that if we could find them at the store then maybe we would make them. We are both so used to doing grocery shopping in the US and not seeing these different ingredients unless you go to a specialty store, so we weren't holding our breath. When we were at Geant, the grocery store, we were walking down one aisle and there Ben pointed out rose water! Then it dawned on me - and this is total common sense I guess, but I still didn't think about it - we are getting recipes out of a cookbook based around dishes that would be common in this area. DUH they are going to have the ingredients we would need at the grocery store....
Aside from getting settled and cooking, Ben and I are also getting out and seeing people as they return to the country. We went with the K's to meet Sue and her daughter Zoe (2 years old) for lunch the other day and caught up with her. The food was pretty good - I had a fruit plate with cottage cheese and coffee and Ben had a tuna sandwich and coffee - and the company was even better. Zoe has gotten much bigger since I saw her last when I came for a visit in January. She is adorable! We also have had the K's over for dinner and games and went to the K's for the same.
|View from my lounge chair!|
We will keep you updated as more happens!