Just how good is Greek food? It’s got to be the best in the world. Reflecting back on today’s feast, we are so lucky in this country to be exposed to so many different cuisines. But Greek rules as far as I’m concerned.
Greeks have lived in Melbourne for a long time, and Greek food is so much a part of Melbourne life. We’ve had a lot of time to decide our favourite dishes, and have lots of shops that specialise in Greek food. I could eat Greek food for a long time before I got sick of it.
Will brought his spit around to cook chicken and lamb gyros. I don’t know where he got the meat from, but it was delicious, and was probably the dish of the day.
The saganaki was yummy – I’m so glad I bought kefalotyri cheese from a Greek deli rather than just buying haloumi at the local supermarket. Helen’s baklava was sooooo delicious, and the spanakopita was right up there as well.
The dolmades turned out really well, and were much easier to make than I feared they would be. They were so easy, in fact, that I know I have eaten my last dolmade from the the deli at the supermarket – they just don’t compare.
Browsing through Uncle Dan’s shelves yesterday, I found a bottle of Kokino Kokineli, which the label says is “Greek red wine”. At $13.50 for 1.5 litres, I was a tad worried about how bad it might be but it was surprisingly quaffable, and was exactly the right choice for our food. I’d also bought a bottle of Muscat de Limnos, which remained unopened, mainly because of the extreme quaffability of the red (I might have made up a word there).
It’s Lili’s birthday on Tuesday so even though she was tucked up in her bed in London, we had a cake and sang happy birthday to her. The cake was an experiment that didn’t work very well – it was supposed to look like the Greek flag when it was cut, but it just looked like mixed up layers of blue and white ice-cream. In retrospect there were probably many easier ways to do this – a log cake for example – but, hey, an ice-cream cake still tastes like ice-cream, whatever it looks like.
Thanks again to Elysia, who took all the photos. And thanks to Bec (and Nick) for the salad, Jan for the lamb koftas, Helen for the baklava and Lauren and Will for being a constant help. And another thanks to Elysia for painting Lani’s face!
And so it’s antio sas to Greece, and marhaban to Egypt.