On Friday, January 15th 2016, I participated in an event that was taking place around the globe amongst chefs, bloggers and authors. Greek Dinners Around The World. The purpose was to share and promote Greek food, culture and tradition, and to widen a network of individuals who do so.
Through this event, I’ve met, via social media, many interesting people—authors like myself who are either Greek or have written a book where Greece or Greek culture is the focus. Chefs and food bloggers and magazine publishers from the US, Greece, the UK, Australia, Canada and dozens of other countries participated, sharing their menus and photos.
Three years ago, Keri Douglas of 9 Muses News came up with this concept, and what a brilliant idea it was. This was the first year I was involved, but I hope to do it again.
Coming out of the holidays, I hadn’t planned what I was going to do until five days before. I was still taking down Christmas decorations, trying to arrange some additional promotions for my book, Evanthia’s Gift, attempting to take some time to work on the second book in the saga, and I do actually have a day job. I wrote a very ambitious menu, and prepared almost everything I’d planned on. But in the end, I had more food than my guests could eat.
I wasn’t even sure of my guest list. Only several days before, I made some calls, and my two sisters and the few friends I phoned were more than happy to attend.
Greek cheese – kasseri, manouri, feta
Pastrourma (aged and spiced cured meat, sliced very thin)
Greek salad (the real Greek salad. No lettuce)
I wanted to make saganaki (my favorite) but time ran out. And I forgot to put the dolmathes on the table. No one noticed. Everyone was busy chatting and drinking wine and beer.
I bought two Greek table wines, and two dessert wines, along with Mythos beer. My non- alcoholic drink was visinatha (another favorite).
Leg of lamb, stuffed with garlic and roasted potatoes
Chicken baked with lemon, garlic, olive oil and oregano
Youvarlakia in avgolemono
Youvarlakia in red sauce
Green peas with onions and cinnamon
(I wanted to make spanakopita, but never got to it. In my defense, I cooked everything that day.)
(I never got to the galakteboureko)
Eleni, my daughter made delicious frappes for everyone, and by midnight, our evening was over.
If you would like to see what others did for Greek Dinners Around The World, go to 9musesnews.com.