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Our Greek Evening!

Last night we had two friends coming round for dinner, so I decided to have a Greek evening!

I had a go at making stuffed vine leaves as part of the Meze. There was a recipe on the back of the plastic pack the vines leaves came in.

 Stuffed vine leaves

But me being me I washed the empty packet - I'm cooking remember and that packet has been in how many peoples hands....yuk!

So, the result was the recipe washed off the packet!

How to make Stuffed Vine Leaves

Oh dear, good job I'd had a quick read first. Anyway, it was something like this:

Soak some long grain rice in boiling water for 5 minutes, rinse with cold water and drain.

Put the rice into a bowl and add chopped tomato, chopped onion, crushed dried mint, allspice, and ground cinnamon. Then add salt and pepper.

Then line a saucepan with some leftover leaves (I think I had about 30 left) but I didn't want to make loads in case they turned out horrid, in any case, they were only for a taster.

Vine leaves

Where was I? Oh yes, lining the bottom of a saucepan with some leaves.

Then put a small amount of the rice mixture into the centre of the leaves and roll-up.

Place them on top of the leaves in the saucepan and cover with a mixture of olive oil, water and the juice of a lemon. Put a lid on and simmer for about 45 minutes.

Let them cool in the pan, then remove and serve cold. It was something like that anyway!
Overall the verdict was good as we all ate them!

I got some Greek white wine (Retsina). Olives with feta, those big beans in tomato sauce and some peppers stuffed with feta.

Greek food

I made Pastitsio using this recipe but forgot to take a photo - so here is a picture from when I made it before! 

The only difference I do to that recipe is to use only one can of tomatoes, but add 200ml of red wine and two tablespoons of tomato puree.

Here's the best Patitsio recipe ever.

I made an individual bowl of Greek salad for everyone, but I made a really nice dressing following a recipe.

I'd seen in Rick Stein's book. Remember though, he was the one that made me put too much red wine vinegar in my Beef Stifado

So this time I was ready for him. He said 1 tablespoon, I used only 1 teaspoon!

I made Rick Stein's salad dressing recipe from his Mediterranean Escapes book.

Greek salad

Left to right: Paul, Matthew and Caroline.

For dessert, I made this Galaktoboureko recipe by Peter of Kalofagas blog.

Thank you, Peter, for such an excellent and easy to follow recipe, and for your help via email.
PS: Anyone in the UK - I managed to get semolina flour in Waitrose.

Galaktoboureko - Greek dessert

With ice cream, of course.



  1. Jan, good on ya...You've been to Greece and it shows in the food, bravo!

    The galaktoboureko looks as good as any I've seen, now you can "corner the market" in the UK! lol

    Thanks for trying & succeeding and your your ever kind words...again.

    The cheque's in the mail...

  2. Wow, Jan that looks heavenly! I really like Greek food, but it is very hard to come by in my little corner of the world!

  3. Sylvie - Thank you - I did get up at 5am! And that's with making the dessert the day before!

    Peter - Thank you - LOL at the cheque is in the mail!

    Raquel - YOU MUST make this - it is soooo nice and yummy!

  4. Ohh Jan, that all looks so delicious! Well done! I have always wanted to go to Greece, ever since I was a wee girl and saw Haley Mills in The Moonspinners. (my age is showing now)Hopefully one day I shall make it there, but for now I dream!

  5. That Greek dinner looks so good!! Nice looking Galaktoboureko!

  6. Excellent dinner, Jan. I love Greek food, and Greece. Not much chance of getting semolina flour in my backwater though. (sob)

  7. your selection looked wonderful! i'm sure your guests loved it!

    and yes, Cynthia's food shots are great!

  8. That is a fantastic spread, Jan. That dessert is SOOOO tempting.

  9. Wow, Jan. I love Greek and Turkish food having lived in Cyprus for a short while.
    Love your spread especially the Dolma.

  10. i'd love to have sampled your Greek dinner.. esp. that dessert! :o)

  11. Make sure you invite me next time - looks like you all enjoyed yourselves!
    Gorgeous dessert too!

  12. Your galaktoboureko pics classify as food porn. My eyes were dancing when I saw them. You did a great job!

  13. All look fantastic and yummy, and this dessert from Peter, really love!!!Lovely food! Jan, xxGloria


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