#47: Greece

Γεια σου!! (That’s “Hello” in Greek)

Having recently witnessed one more passing of the Ides of March, it was something of good timing that we tackle Greece this week. In Brovskyland we are big lovers of all things Greek: Theater, Politics, Food, Culture. You name it. I think it’s all Greek to me 😉

THE DINNER: This weekend was very busy, so we were looking for something that could be roasting all day without babysitting. We found the most incredible lamb recipe from Tyler Florence. We were fortunate because this one did not include grilling the lamb (which we have already done and wanted to have other culinary hoops to jump through) and also it did not feature mint or rosemary (which are vastly over utilized with lamb recipes by our standards). No, this recipe had it all going on and a bag of chips. It’s any wonder we don’t jump for joy.

The lamb taken care of, we turned our attention to tackling the foundational Greek gyro. It’s a staple of Greek and Mediterranean food profiles and there are many ways to go about tackling this sandwich. We wanted to do it right. Homemade tzatziki was the mountain that needed to be climbed– luckily it wasn’t a hard trek. Homemade tzatziki is actually a dream come true. It’s so simple and unbelievably tasty, I cannot, for the life of me, understand why people buy it. It’s like four ingredients and tastes like heaven. Just do it. The remainder of the ingredients we chose were obvious staples of Mediterranean cuisine: Greek olives, cucumbers, red onion, tomato.

Simple. Clean. Elegant.
Very Greek indeed.

Greek Roast Lamb Recipe: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/tyler-florence/roasted-leg-of-lamb-gyros-recipe.html?soc=socialsharingpinterest
Tzatziki Recipe: http://www.mattawamum.com/2012/04/lamb-gyros/

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OVERALL COUNTRY SCORE:

Ease of prep and cooking: ONE STAR out of five this Dinner!
“Quick and dirty” as they say. I don’t know about “they” or the “dirty” part, but it was quick! We loved how simple and concise the recipe was– it was short, sweet and to the point. The olive oil was my favorite part for the lamb roasting. This smell that emanated from the oven was like nothing I have smelled. It was like that cartoon where the character sees the smell wafting through the house and they gravitate off their feet and float through the air on the scent with their mouth watering the whole time… yeah, it was sort of like that. Basic ingredients that didn’t require any specialty shops. No metric conversions. Woohoo!!

Best dish of all time scale: FIVE BIG STARS out of five for Dinner!!
This one was a huge, big, fat Greek FIVE STAR salute. It was lovely. I can’t say much more because it will sound like I’m working for the Greek board of commerce… which I’m not, but maybe they will hire me after this review. It was just what Greek food should be: Clean and Simple and Healthy. I loved the addition of the Greek olives (that was a liberty of our culinary choice) and of course Tzatiki is basically something I could eat on everything. Mom and I spiced up with some hot sauce, but honestly? It was massively perfect the way it was. I had leftovers and it was something of the envy of the office. Trust me. This one is a keeper.

Week #48 is going to be a surprise! We think we will just let you guys throw us some suggestions. If not, we will let you know where in the wide world of food we end up next. It’s always an adventure when you’re cooking!

Happy Opening Weekend Rockies Fans!!!
– L & K

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