Monday, 24 February 2020

Life in a Corfu Village by Lesley Ann Hoy @ Corfu Selections: Is Winter Over? Potato Salad for All....

Life in a Corfu Village by Lesley Ann Hoy @ Corfu Selections: Is Winter Over? Potato Salad for All....: Is Winter Over? Well its been a few months since I have last posted so what have I/we been upto this once again Wonderful Winter here ...

Is Winter Over? Potato Salad for All....


Is Winter Over?

Well its been a few months since I have last posted so what have I/we been upto this once again Wonderful Winter here in Corfu. 

Here is my first post from this Winter and more to follow....

Potato Salad      

After finishing work at the beginning of October the first thing we tackled was our overgrown garden with so many sun scorched & bald patches and almost full with weeds etc from the summer of no water. So we invited our friend Christos with his tractor to plough the land. We could then think about winter veggies - of course we needed a few wet days which we were blessed with to assist him and his tractor otherwise after a dry summer the land would have been similar to cement in Mid November.  We had a few days or rain and he was in his glory as he ploughed and sang and was so happy we then had a fertile plain to work with.


So land overturned and then settled this was then perfect - so come December before the frost arrived is when we planted some potatoes and other Winter root veggies.  Happy to say we harvested out first wonderful sweet baby potatoes this week and what a wonderful potato salad they made with some Spring Onions, local Olive Oil and mustard and mayo dressing - a meal in itself. Oh not forgetting the fresh mint also picked from the garden too......

The end result was very yummy nothing better than freshly picked potatoes from our garden........ with a lovely lettuce too which due to a mild winter had already thought about joining us too.  I would add we didn't use any grow quickly chemicals or even put under glass we are fortunate to live in a place in the village here in NW Corfu with daytime sun which assists these Winter Gem seeds ( I brought over last Winter from UK so hardy - if they grown in the UK they certainly will flourish here)......and they did......

So more updates to come before returning to work again.

Thank you for enjoying my blog and please feel free to share and comment.

Kind Wishes from Life In A Corfu Village by Lesley Ann @ Corfu Selections.
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Thursday, 10 October 2019

Life in a Corfu Village by Lesley Ann Hoy @ Corfu Selections: Fasolada - Greek Bean Soup

Life in a Corfu Village by Lesley Ann Hoy @ Corfu Selections: Fasolada - Greek Bean Soup: Well I always know when the Autumn and Winter are upon us as I can once again eat healthily and (in my opinion) properly. No more take outs ...

Fasolada - Greek Bean Soup

Well I always know when the Autumn and Winter are upon us as I can once again eat healthily and (in my opinion) properly. No more take outs or quick fixes here's to spending many hours in the kitchen which I actually look forward to !!........

Today 10th October started here in North West Corfu with brilliant sunshine and temperatures around 26c however overhead there seemed to be looming in from the left and heading this way coming from Italy a few very dark grey clouds but then Whoosh a wild wind and the heavens opened.  So it was fortunate that I had soaked my white beans overnight and had parboiled them this morning for tonight's hearty supper. 

Now - many may say Greeks eat too much meat but do they really?  My Greek husband (Aris) and myself,  dine and diet in the off season's months are beans, pulses, vegetables with a celebration meat dish on Sundays only.  I don't believe we are unique with this, as my Greek mother-in-law, still lives off her land, with again a celebration dish on Sunday only........ She's 96 so must be something in this Mediterranean diet thing then!!!!!

So how do I make Fasolada - Greek Bean Soup .......

Soak white middle or small beans overnight (not butter beans these are for a different dish called Gigantes which you bake in the oven).......
Rinse beans and boil and replace water once boiled with clear water and softly on a rolling boil again. Around 30 minutes.  Drain and set aside.  My own Tip as advised from the Mother in Law is Do NOT use salt as this point.

So beans are set aside so now in a frying pan or skillet use:

1 onion
1 slice garlic
fry in Olive Oil
then add 2-3 carrots sliced
1 potato diced
Celery (we picked our freshly from the garden) I used leaves but you can also use stalks if preferred.
Add tomato paste and half a tin of tomatoes (as we had fresh Italian tomatoes still in garden I used these)
Salt and Pepper and if you also want it a bit hotter add some paprika.
Saute all and then once all Al Dente add
to the beans in a saucepan.
Top up with water and softly boil for around an hour to all ingredients are soft and the sauce is thicker.
You can if you wish add a stock cube. I also add some more extra virgin Olive Oil to give it that yummy feel and taste........

Serve with Feta, Olives and chunky fresh bread. (My mother in law used to make her own Feta but now we just buy from the village shop - you know the feta in a big tin so you ask for as much as you need) In UK there are many supermarkets now that stock Feta - go for a good one though such as Dodoni.......

Well that's it for now as we are busy painting the house indoors so will be back in touch soon.

Enjoy your meal we will be tucking in shortly once all the juices are soaked into the Olive Oil.......

I always find this dish tastes better the next day once all the juices are absorbed - but Hey that's just me!!!!

Oh yes sorry - don't forget a glass of wine too......

Kali Orexi kai Yammas

Nite Nite from the Village.......






Monday, 7 October 2019

Life in a Corfu Village by Lesley Ann Hoy @ Corfu Selections: Summer is Over - Winter Life Begins Again.....

Life in a Corfu Village by Lesley Ann Hoy @ Corfu Selections: Summer is Over - Winter Life Begins Again.....: A huge thank you for everyone whom has emailed me to ask if I will be Blogging again this Winter.  With the Summer, well for me at least, n...

Summer is Over - Winter Life Begins Again.....

A huge thank you for everyone whom has emailed me to ask if I will be Blogging again this Winter.  With the Summer, well for me at least, now over, my life will go 'almost back to normal'  - so I will be back in touch and sharing my Life Again this Winter In A Corfu Village - thank you for reading and Supporting me.......

Friday, 8 March 2019