mushrooms

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…]

Mushroom magiritsa, a Mediterranean chowder

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A symphony of textures and flavor this chowder is made with four different kinds of mushrooms, lettuce, scallions seasoned with dill and lemon. Magiritsa is a traditional Greek chowder made with sheep’s innards, lettuce and scallions. The meal breaks the 40 day Lenten fast and is served right after midnight strikes on Holy Saturday. Magiritsa … [Read more…]

Broccoli zucchini and eggplant Pastitsio with yogurt béchamel

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A pastitsio is a baked layered pasta dish.  On the bottom is a layer of bucatini in the middle a layer of a ragù alla Bolognese and topped with a layer of béchamel sauce. Ours is made with a tomato-less broccoli zucchini and eggplant ragù and topped with a yogurt béchamel sauce.   Save Save … [Read more…]