Wednesday, 13 February 2019

The Greek Village Loaf of Bread.

A loaf of fresh Greek Bread -

After living/staying & visiting in Greece for a few years (well almost 38 years now) you always will see the local Bakery busy,  almost every village has their own Bakery with their own delights of cakes, biscuits and especially freshly baked bread.  So whilst we are all sleeping they are preparing the daily staple. Every house will indulge in buying bread daily  - bread is always offered when visiting a household even if you pop in on the off chance - it is normal you will be given a meze with bread, olive oil and feta cheese.. Bread is just amazing in Greece. Not prepacked just bought daily as part of the 'normal' staple. I don't know a day goes by in our small house when we don't buy bread......

Miso Kilo Psomi - 1/2 a kilo of bread - is the normal request. In our village they also offer Polisporos one of my own personal favourites several times per week, a brown bread with sesame seeds hence the name - Many seeds......Poli Spora

Well as everyone here always buys a half kilo of bread everyday, as we do too, what do you do???? Personally we can't eat half a kilo we are just 2 persons. But we need fresh bread every day as Greek Bread is so scrumptious
So this is the life of a bread loaf in our house for you to also consider when you need to do something with the leftovers.....

It a sort of recycling thing really to consider....

So stale bread cut the crusts off and leave for a neighbour with livestock  - they have chickens so you will then be given eggs to use for a later dish to use.... see below.

The soft middle part of the bread can be soaked in a little water to make a Skordalia  - a Garlic Sauce Dip.
All I do is cut off crusts (given to neighbour for eggs see later) soak the middle soft part & then add Garlic which is grown in the garden, perhaps also add some chives if you wish, also grown in garden,  Olive Oil of course widely available from everyone's  Olive Trees so blend and you have a lovely dip to soak your now newly bought bread into. Some recipes suggest potatoes which is also lovely we grow potatoes in garden so it just depends on whether you want a dip/sauce or something more thicker.  (Boil potatoes first like to be soft) all add all to bender it will come out well to dip your fresh bread into ........

Of course we can always use leftover Bread for a lovey Garlic Bread starter or accompaniment - don't think any recipe needed for this - I freeze bread regularly but then reuse by defrosting and adding butter and garlic and herbs (from garden Chives. Parsley etc) for Garlic Bread......

Leftover Bread with your now fresh eggs from Neighbour - A British Bread and Butter pudding Dish.
I use these eggs, bread, sugar, milk and of course our grapes/raisins from the vine to make this dish when its cold which it is often come winter as a real comfort food.

Naturally like most we blitz bread for breadcrumbs to add to Hamburgers and other such dishes but I am interested to know for any other options to use leftover bread for and look forward to your feedback and posts.  What do you do with leftover Bread? I am sure there are many other ideas out there and I look forward to hearing from you........

A loaf of Bread - the Greek Staple so flexible and so cheap to offer you many options.







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