I was fortunate to visit my good cousin Kostas and his family in their summer house in Oreoi, North Evoia.
The fortune is a combination of glorious weather, the aromas of the land and the sea, the wonderful dishes of the late lunch we had together, and the absolute power of the sea to relax the human beings, no matter what state they are in.
As you can see from the photo above, Kostas has prepared a nice garden where he planted tomatoes, zucchini and water melons.
The tomatoes are already visible and I cannot wait to taste them!
In addition to the garden, Kostas has a vineyard in the back. In the photo you see the most grown grape vines, cabernet franc.
The vines are full of fruit. Kostas does not use any chemicals in the vineyard.
It is now time to move to the late lunch. We started with gavros lightly cured in vinegar with olive oil and parsley. We tasted the gavros with home made tsipouro.
A perfect companion ot the strong tastes of the gavros and tsipouro was a home made cheese pie, prepared by Kostas’ wife, Maria. Sweet and lightly salty, with the fresh eggs giving it the bright yellow color.
Next came the wonderful pork souvlaki, fresh meat with oregano, salt and pepper.
They were grilled to perfection by Kostas. What a treat! the simplest freshest natural food on a natural fire!
After the pork souvlaki came the rabbit cooked “stifado”. This is a stew with a lot of shallots a bit of tomato and herbs. According to Maria, who prepared it, it took only 20 minutes for the rabbit to cook! The rabbit was brought to Kostas as a present for his name day by one of his friends in the area. I cannot relate too easily to this gesture, as I do not ever recall receiving rabbit as a present.
It was tender, juicy, tasty and light! And as you can see the bones were coming off with the lightest sea breeze! Well done Maria, thank you!
This concludes my post. the only question that lingers in my mind as I ready to publish it, is when will I be fortunate to visit Oreoi again!!!