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Old 08-04-2009, 03:11 PM   #1
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Mediterranean feast

Sunday night we hosted a dinner for a friend's birthday and we went with a Mediterranean theme. Pictured here (left to right) is



pita bread - cooked on the grill
tabouleh
Greek salad
tzatziki
leg of lamb - marinated with garlic and rosemary and cooked on the grill.

Everything was homemade, including the pita bread.

We also had hummous, baba ganoush, dolmas, feta and olives for appetizers - but they were all store bought.

The cocktail of the evening was the following:
1.5 oz Portland 88 Vodka
1 tsp lemon juice
3 tsp ginger simple syrup (made from scratch)
1.5 oz peach nectar

served on ice.

I personally drank my homemade hard cider mixed with a bit of peach nectar over ice.
For dessert we had chocolate cake, mocha ice cream from a fancy local pastry shop and sparkling red wine.

Here's a pic of my dinner plate:

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Old 08-04-2009, 09:50 PM   #2
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Old 08-05-2009, 01:41 AM   #3
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looks very interesting and tasty! how did you make the tabouleh and greek salad?
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Old 08-05-2009, 08:38 AM   #5
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Old 08-05-2009, 02:17 PM   #6
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looks very interesting and tasty! how did you make the tabouleh and greek salad?
My greek salad recipe - inspired by the greek salad I had in Greece, but with more flavor:

Greek Salad:
  • 3 or 4 cucumbers
  • 4 tomatoes
  • 1 red onion
  • 1 8 oz block of feta
  • 8 oz of kalmata olives
  • basalmic vinegar
  • olive oil
  • salt
  • fresh ground pepper
  1. Peel and seed the cucumbers, then slice into 3/8" quarter moons
  2. Seed the tomatoes, then cut into 3/4" pieces
  3. Cut the onion and feta up into bite sized pieces
  4. Add olives
  5. Mix up equal parts olive oil and basalmic vinegar and drizzle over salad - about as much as you would put on a normal lettuce salad.
  6. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Toss well and let sit overnight. The cucumbers and tomatoes will sweat out overnight and you get a really tasty mix of oil, vinegar and veggies juices. SOOOO good.

Tabbouleh:
I don't know the exact recipe, my wife made it. She forgot the bulgar wheat, but it was still really good, especially when contrasted with the other foods.

Basically she chopped up a two bunches of parsley and 2 tomatoes, then added lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper.

Tzatziki:

This is my recipe and is really good:
  • 1 quart container of plain yogurt. I use whole yogurt . . you can probably do low-fat, too, but I don't see the point. When I did a quick search of recipes online to see if I forgot anything I kept finding recipes that said to use low or nonfat yogurt and then to add olive oil. I just used whole fat and skipped the oil.
  • 2 cucumbers
  • 5 cloves of garlic
  • Lemon juice - from 1/2 lemon
  • lemon zest - about a teaspoon
  • 3 tablespoons freshly chopped mint. (we have a buttload of mint growing in our back yard - you should, too. Make sure to plant it in a pot or else your entire yard will turn into mint. Good for mohitos, too)
  • Salt and pepper
  1. Put the yogurt in a sieve (some recipes suggest using a tea towel) and let it drain over a bowl for 2-3 hours. A lot of liquid comes out, leaving a dense "yogurt cheese". This is key.
  2. Peel and seed the cucumbers, then grate them up using a cheese grater.
  3. Mix the grated cucumber with the yogurt cheese, squeezing out some of the cucumber juice as you do it.
  4. Use a garlic press to crush the garlic.
  5. Add garlic, mint, lemon juice, lemon zest, salt and pepper to yogurt. Mix well.

This tastes good right away but it will taste great for the next 3-4 days, too.

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