Chestnut and Tsipouro Festival – Ano Chora, Greece
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They are a small group of old friends from Athens who share an obsession with good food. Food that is fresh, healthy, and responsibly sourced. Oh, and insanely tasty!They also think Greek ‘suvlaki’ – which means ’little skewer’ or simply ’stick’ and is synonymous with street food in Greece, is the tastiest and healthiest way to eat on the go.
Which is why they decided to come together and bring this little wonder of Athens’ past to the heart of Soho.
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WATERMELON FETA CHEESE SALADIt may sound strange, but watermelon feta cheese salad (καρπούζι με φέτα) is a sweet and savory combination is fantastic! Easy to prepare and very addicting. To make it, you will need: – an ice-cold, sweet, juicy and ripe watermelon (cut in pieces without the rind and the pips) – good quality feta cheese (in small pieces or mashed) Optional – mint leaves – olives – onions – fresh, warm homemade bread We usually put everything in a bowl and combine ingredients. But you can use your imagination to create a beautiful dish for a summer party buffet for example.
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Greek coffee (ελληνικός καφές) is prepared in a special coffee pot briki (pronounce as bree-kee) preferably on hovoli (heated sand). As it is very difficult to have hovoli in our kitchens, you can heat Greek coffee on a gas stove or on a single camping gas burner. Greek coffee is served hot, single in a Greek coffee cup /espresso cup or double in normal size cups. Steps to prepare a single Greek coffee (for double simply double the amounts):
- Fill a coffee cup with tap water and pour into your briki. Make sure your briki is big enough if you make double Greek coffee
- Add 1 teaspoon of Greek coffee (powder). If you prefer strong coffee add 1/2 or 1 more teaspoon.
- Add 1/2 a teaspoon of sugar or more if you like your coffee sweet. Stevia, or brown sugar can used instead.
- Place the briki on the gas, on low heat.
- Let the coffee heat up on low heat. Never leave the coffee heating up unattended.
- The surface of the coffee will start foaming. Lift the briki up to settle the foam and put it on low heat again and watch the coffee foaming up again.
- Once the foam covers the surface of the coffee, remove the briki from the heat.
- Serve it in your coffee cup on a saucer.
- By tradition Greek coffee is served with spoon sweets.
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- 1 cup Greek Yogurt
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream
- 1 cup whole milk
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 3 egg yolks
- In a saucepan, combine the cream, the milk and half of the sugar and simmer, stirring continuously until sugar dissolves.
- In a bowl, whisk the yolks and the remaining sugar, until blended.
- Add the saucepan mixture to the bowl mixture and whisk until blended.
- Bring the mixture to the saucepan and stir continuously over low heat for about 3-4 minutes. Do not boil!!
- Strain the mixture over a medium size bowl.
- Place the bowl with the mixture in a larger bowl half filled with iced water. Whisk for 5 minutes until mixture is cool.
- Remove the bowl with mixture from the larger bowl filled with water and whisk yogurt and a pinch of salt.
- Transfer the final mixture to an ice cream maker. Alternatively, place the mixture in a big bowl covered on top, and stir it every half an hour until frozen.
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Tip: To enhance the flavour, add some nuts and Greek honey on top, or some authentic Greek spoon sweet.