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I think it began to dawn on you that my better half & I were in Greece resp. Athens for more than a long weekend… Yes: we lived in Athens for 5 weeks – my better half participated in a job visiting programme & was busy working from Monday to Friday – I was „only“ entourage, cared for our bread-and-butter life & worked on my blogs. I’m sure you read about our acropolis adventures & more & even more as well as our trip to Hydra .
I think – now back home – it’s time to deal w/ an essential Greek deliciousness: Tsatsiki (based on my experiences during our stay when I was able to do a deep dive into different versions!).
Tsatsiki is simple – all you need is:
- Greek yoghurt
- fresh cucumber
We start w/ peeling, quartering, deseeding & slicing the cucumber; use a mandolin-slicer to get very thin slices. Add salt & let the cucumber rest for at least 15 min.
Add 2 – 4 cloves of garlic (peeled & pressed) to the Greek yoghurt. Don’t forget some pepper – mix well. You may add a splash of olive oil if you like.
Garlic: I prefer fresh garlic – very fresh garlic i. e. cloves of garlic w/ juicy skin i. e. the skin hasn’t dried into paper-like skin. (Of course you may use also not so fresh garlic – especially if there isn’t any fresh garlic available.)
Let’s resume on the garlic:
- You may add as much pressed garlic as you like.
- Keep in mind that garlic is more intensive i. e. aggressive the less fresh it is.
- Cut away all brown parts of a clove of garlic – always.
Finally the sliced cucumber is ready: squeeze all the water out of the cucumber mess & add the cucumber slices to the yoghurt mix & fold in.
Add some fresh or dried dill.
Is there anything left to mention?
The businesswoman w/ too many office hours thinks
I remember vividly my student days when tsatsiki was one of our favorite dishes. Well: it was easy, cheap & w/ some fresh bread just delicious. I remember also some friends who thought they had to overdo by adding a whole garlic bulb to the yoghurt… Ouch!
I learnt also that you need some substantial basis like Greek yoghurt (10%) or sour cream (10%)… something really creamy! It was never a good idea to use low fat curd cheese or domestic low fat yoghurt…
Another essential Greek fruit: olives!
5 weeks in Athens: what to eat?
Well – it was September/October, but – from my point of view – rather summer… (let’s say: such a summer I’d like to experience in Germany!!!). Therefore I didn’t do much home cooking, but we indulged in fresh ripe tomatoes & sweet red peppers & thin firm cucumbers w/ green & black olives & creamy feta cheese (from ewe’s & goat’s milk) & aromatic Greek Pecorino accompanied by fresh bread, tsatsiki & aubergine dip etc. etc. etc. Just imagine the 2 of us sitting on our balcony in the sun w/ a nice Greek wine… or over an ouzo on ice… (During the weekends we hit the road exploring Athens & Piraeus, the Apollo coast & the nearby Saronic islands Aegina & Hydra – indulging in lots of classic Greek grilled meat prepared in restaurants.)
For the record:
I stopped taking photos from restaurant meals by now. When starting my blog (of course!) I started doing so (like lots of other food bloggers do!) – maybe you remember the odd photo appearing in a post or in FB… however, I think as long as you’re not concerned w/ serious restaurant reviews it’s no real use.
„Descending Acropolis“ we went to the Ancient Agora: walking on you’ll end up in Keramikos, the ancient cemetery (about 2500 years ago).
The ruins of the cemetery mixed w/ the fortifications of Athens…
…& a view of an orthodox church!
Some fine details of the necropolis in the Keramikos museum:
…& of course we spent some hours in the National Archaeological Museum in Athens…
…& once again: Aphrodite w/ Pan & Eros…
Poseidon or Zeus…
…& the mask of Agamemnon!
From indoors back to outdoors: I mentioned Aegina – only a 40 min speed-ferry ride from Piraeus.
There’s the last standing pillar of the Apollo temple…
…overlooking the ruins of the former fortification.
There’s a nice harbour & narrow alleyways…
…& the Aegean sea… (we’re coming back I’m sure!)
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