The only thing I remember about the recipe is that there was orange zest in it. I was really weirded out by putting the outside of my orange in a dish. I didn't like the end result. His mom said she did. I am still suspicious.
Bill made some kind of meatballs and they were good. I believe Amy may have made something too. It was a long time ago. But I guess the seeds of ethnic cooking were set?
This time I avoided the pudding and skipped the meatballs. I decided to go all out with what I thought of as Greek: lamb. Not only that, but lamb with a cucumber dip (tzatiki) and some spanakopita. Bring on the food!
This was last spring, so there were still no babies and Kevin's dad was visiting to help build our deck. In fact, I think this may have been right after we went down to Greektown in Detroit and got something slightly more authentic.
|May be hard to tell, but that deck had been mostly torn down and was starting to be built back up.|
The tzatiki needs you to strain some yogurt with some cheesecloth. My understanding is this is basically how you make yogurt cheese. It was supposed to lose about a third of its volume. It unfortunately didn't seem to do much for me.
You also have to matchstick some cucumbers and then try to get all of the water out my pressing down on it with something heavy. This was marginally more successful.
Anyway, first I had to wilt some spinach. The less-happy greens got mixed with onion, leeks, and some other things like feta, spices, and egg.
|Having cute help helps.|
|THIS is what one sheet is.|
|Filling on the four sheets.|
|All rolled up (kinda), since that was the next step.|
With things getting cooked, I was able to finish the tzatiki. The supposedly reduced yogurt and the dried cucumber got mixed with yogurt, garlic, vinegar, salt and pepper.
The food overall was quite good. The lamb was cooked the right amount, the tzatiki was a good dip and the spanikopita worked despite some of my missteps and horrible wrap job. I really enjoy tzatiki and kinda want to incorporate it into other meals that I make.
Also, if you want to make some lamb, this was super easy. It wasn't nearly as intimidating as I thought it would be. It also wasn't as expensive to buy as one might think. Good for special occasions. Like Christmas.
Kevin insisted I include a picture to prove that the deck got done. Here is one from Brendan's birthday.
Next time: Grenada