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Olivia’s gemista

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Peppers are not native to Greece, they arrived from the New World in the late 15th century. Now, they are synonymous with Mediterranean cuisine. My gemista nods to the pepper’s origin by substituting quinoa for rice and using turkey instead of beef, giving a uniquely American twist to the traditional stuffed pepper. The berbere chili-spice … [Read more…]

Lentil chilli slow cooked in beer

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This recipe draws on Minoan roots, using herbs like cilantro, once used in the Bronze Age but rarely used in Greek cooking these days. Boiling in beer, too, was common practice. Of course, the Minoans would have had their dish simmering away in large clay pots on an open hearth. For our dish, it’s better … [Read more…]