The day of the 26th December 2011 is special. My best man “koumbaros” Manolis celebrates his name day. In addition, it is the anniversary of his wedding to my “koumbara” Marion. As it happens, this year it is the 20th anniversary of their marriage. One more reason to celebrate with a lunch that is a tribute to life and its enjoyment.
The first dish of the menu has a name that resounds with passion: “Besame Mucho”. It is a new creation of my humble personality, invented in the middle of dark winter nights.
The first ingredient of the dish is kokoretsi, lamb’s intestines wrapped around liver, heart, and sweetbreads of the lamb.
My butcher prepares them on 30 cm sticks. I bake them after I season them with coarse salt and black pepper.
Once baked, I take them off the stick and cut them in small chunks. They are now ready to be served with the second ingredient of the dish, which is lentils.
I boil them with a lot of chunks of pickled celery root and leafs, carots, a bit of onion and a bit of garlic.
I serve the lentils in the middle of the dish, and place the chunks of kokoretsi around it, with some fresh chopped home grown coriander and a few drops of vinegar.
After the enticing experience of “Besame Mucho”, the palate needs a thorough cleaning.
This is accomplished by the green salad made with lettuce, spring onions, dill, coriander, and home grown rucola.
Add a good olive oil, some lemon, and coarse salt, and you have one of the most refreshing and tasty salads in the world! I name this salad “Ojos Verdes”.
And now to the second dish, as the ojos verdes were an interlude, albeit a very tasty and flavorful one!
This dish is the marriage of roasted piglet and mixed pickled cabbage, white and red, and bears the name “Love me tender, love me sweet”.
I prepare the pickled cabbage at home, and all I do after I Take out of the jar where it has been pickled, is to let it simmer gently for a couple of hours, adding a bit of olive oil.
The piglet is roasted in the oven, with rosemary, coriander and garlic stems. I also add coarse salt and pepper.
Last but not least, the “breads” of the lunch. We had corn bread (in the upper half of the picture) and piroshki made of potatoes (the lower half of the picture).
Both were prepared by a good friend.
There was no room for anything after all this, but only for fresh fruits, apples and tangerines.
Many Happy returns dearest friends, and a Happy New Year to All!!!