Sunday, October 11, 2009

Pseudo Greek

I've never been to Greece; the closest I've come is watching "Zorba the Greek" when it was the coolest movie around. I have heard friends extol the beauties of Greece the wonder of its cuisine but, so far, I haven't experienced it first hand.

My father, mother, sister and brother went once briefly - they came back amazed by the blue skies and ancient culture but rolling their eyes and groaning at Dad's joke: He would point to the street and shop signs in Athens and say, "See all those signs? It's all Greek to me."

Ouch.

However, despite my lack of Greek experience, by a series of happenstances I ended up with a fridge full of Greek-style ingredients - a couple of lamb shoulder chops, some leftover brown rice, purple onion, garlic, tart black olives, fresh marjoram from the garden, a lemon, green onions, a zucchini and a summer squash, and some feta cheese.

I slapped the chops on the grill while I chopped and sliced all the other ingredients including cutting little cubes of the firm feta and stripping the leaves off the marjoram stems. I cut the zucchini and the summer squash in chunks and laid them alongside the chops on the grill to get striped. Reheated the rice and plated that while the red onion and garlic sautéed in a wide pan, then added the olives, cherry tomatoes, zucchini, summer squash and marjoram leaves to the pan to heat briefly together after the striping was accomplished. At the last minute, I added the green onion and squeezed a lemon's worth of juice over the veggies to sparkle the flavors. The chop went on top of the rice, alongside all those colorful veggies and I laid a line of feta cubes between the two for accent.

Okay, here's the lesson: the word pseudo is from the Greek, meaning "false" or "lying" but I'm not lying when I tell you this was the best meal I've made in weeks and weeks. When do we leave for Greece?

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7 Comments:

Blogger cookiecrumb said...

That sounds positively callipygian!
Me want.

Sunday, October 11, 2009  
Blogger Penny said...

It sounds really good Zoomie. Did I miss the whole recipe? Got the general idea though. Enjoyed visiting your blog.

Sunday, October 11, 2009  
Blogger Anna Haight said...

Looks great and Greek enough for me!

Sunday, October 11, 2009  
Blogger Zoomie said...

Cookiecrumb, thank you for contributing to my education - I had to look that one up! Also Greek. My Beloved happens to be the most callipygian person I know.

Penny, no you didn't miss it - sometimes, I just wing it and so don't have exact measurements. This is one of those days.

Anna, I could have served you the veggie and cheese part, anyway. I know the lamb is a no-no for you.

Monday, October 12, 2009  
Blogger Zoomie said...

Penny, P.S. I'm coming to NC on Wednesday to visit my sister. I am in awe of your kitchen. Mine is more what the yoot call a "cool, vintage kitchen." :-)

Monday, October 12, 2009  
Blogger cookiecrumb said...

Might have to check that out!
;-)

Monday, October 12, 2009  
Blogger Zoomie said...

Cookiecrumb, okay, you can look but you betta not touch! :-)

Monday, October 12, 2009  

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