I’m a Greek food freak, and for good reason. It’s what I’ve been eating since I was a kid, and it’s what I’ll be cooking for the rest of my life. As a second-generation Greek American, I’ve tried most of the commonly known Greek dishes like Spanakopita (Spinach Pie) and Gyros. But I’ve also been subject to some very weird meals too, like Mayiritsa (Lamb Intestine Soup). Definitely not my favorite Greek soup.
So what’s my perfect Greek meal? I’d start off with a simmering bowl of Avgolemono Soup (Egg Lemon), then some crunchy Fried Kalamari. Move on to a fresh and crisp Village Salad (tomatoes, cucumbers, onion, green bell peppers, feta cheese, olives, oregano olive and salt). For my main course, I’d have my mom’s home-made Pastitcho, a Greek lasagna casserole, which she cooks perfectly. Then to finish it off, for dessert, I’d have some rich and sweet Baklava (pictured above), which is made of layers of phyllo dough filled with nuts and sweetened with honey. Just thinking about it makes me hungry.
My mom, my two grandmothers, and my three aunts for that matter, are fantastic cooks. They can cook pretty much any Greek meal with ease, and have even created some new dishes. I don’t know if they were always that way, but it’s a little intimidating for me, since I’m much more new to the cooking realm. Hopefully one day I can make that perfect Pastitcho. But for now, as I continue to hone my Greek cooking skills, I’m going to stick to the easier dishes:
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