Tuesday, 20 October 2020
Fasalakia - A Simple Warming Dish to Try.......
As we head towards the Winter here and we now retreat once again for the long nights in front of us, I personally look forward to creating tasty but simple meals in our little kitchen in the village.
This Summer, albeit it a very short one for all of us but thankfully we did have a few months here of happy visitors whom enjoyed the sun and space offered under the Greek sky in these crazy times we are all living in... (should I use the C word as in Covid) as Summer is now over here (although not Covid) and life becomes based thankfully once again around the home.
Retiring early every evening now, around 10pm for me anyway, as the nights become longer, I rise earlier in the mornings normally around 07.00 hours, which in the Summer months I then dream to sleep in longer, as it is a pleasure whilst working to catch a few more hours. Now as the nights are longer, off I go to bed, read a book and fall asleep early with the darks nights - probably even earlier next week as the clocks go back, when the nights become longer, and the days shorter, however the sunrise will be earlier - it will be a time to enjoy (hopefully) bright sunny mornings and get lots of my domestic jobs done whilst it is still cool to do so. October 20th today and a very balmy 22c - a beautiful day All in All.
This evening I am soaking small white beans overnight to make a soup tomorrow another famous dish this time soup called Fasolada, as we have fresh Rosemary in our garden along with celery which lifts the taste.
In our house we proabably only eat Meat once per week, opting for a typical Mediterrean Diet, sometimes with Fish on Fridays. But in the Winter months Beans, Pulses and Lentils make up the majority of our weekday menus - something I enjoy cooking these simple dishes, they often take a lot of time, which during the summer I just don't have - so I saviour and enjoy their simplicity - these Corfiot & Greek recipes come the Autumn and Winter......... I love the rich sauces and bread too........ oh and the Feta Cheese......!!!!
Enjoy your evening too - from A Corfu Village up in the Hills above the main resorts..........
Monday, 24 February 2020
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 in Corfu.
Here is my first post from this Winter and more to follow....
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.
Thursday, 10 October 2019
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 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.......