Happy Wednesday Everyone! I have to say, it feels wonderful to be back in the blogosphere! Yes, I know, it’s been a hot minute since I last posted. I’ve been exploring new job options, all keeping with the end goal of learning to run my own successful business one day. Working the classic 9 to 5 versus my usual and familiar yet erratic Realty gig has been invigorating in that reassuring, “I can be just like any other hard working human” sort of way. In the searching process, I have to admit, I was neglecting my passion for cooking. Now that I am back, it feels so good to be back in the kitchen, creating. Through all of this, I have learned that no matter what the future holds, I can always count on cooking to bring me back to life and re-ignite my creative passions. I can always find comfort in my very own kitchen. So, with that, for my first recipe post in over a month, I present to you a classic from my Yia Yia’s kitchen: My all-time favorite comfort food, Soupa Avgolemono
The other night we went over to one of my favorite Great Aunts, Thia Koula’s, house for dinner. We always look forward to such occasions as, aside from my amazing Yia Yia who is no longer with us, she was our favorite cook of the family. We always arrive at her house famished, knowing that there will be plenty of delicious food to sample and fill our bellies to the point of almost exploding with happiness. Thia Koula is pictured below, the beautiful lady on the right:
Yiasas! It’s been a while, friends. I’ve actually been out of the States, going on many a foodie excursion almost daily here in Cyprus. Ever since I was little, spending my lunches in my Yia Yia’s kitchen sampling her delicious home cooking, I have always had fond foodie memories of Cyprus. These childhood memories have truly formed my love for cooking (and tasting!), so I will try to share as many as I can with you from my vacation this summer.
One of my absolute favorite Greek foods to cook has got to be lamb and potatoes. I remember my yia yia making it early in the mornings at the crack of dawn, as was her ritual every morning when we spent our summers at their home in Cyprus. Whenever I think of that house, I remember chipped celadon blue paint flaking off of the old wooden window panes and the smell of fragrant foods cooking in the kitchen. I can still hear the sound of my grandmother clinking her pots and spoons and hands around making lunch for us every day after we came home from a day at the beach. It was her way of expressing her love for her family, and I’m sure the compliments we always paid her for her tasty creations made her day as well. This lamb recipe is very similar to something she would make, that my mother and I now make our own versions of in our respective kitchens for our own loved ones. It’s more than just a recipe for me, I guess. It’s one of the catalysts that led me down this culinary road towards my very own rituals and recipes in my own kitchen.
Hi all! I took this week to do a little plotting on how to better organize my blog so that my readers could enjoy every post that much more…After some consideration, I’ve decided to do a few “theme” days throughout the week, to give you guys something to look forward to. I’m going to kick off the week with One-Pot Mondays. After going out all weekend, the last thing any of us want to do is spend even MORE money come Monday, but we also may not necessarily want to put too much effort into cooking. I figure Mondays are a good day for one-pot or very simple meals that don’t require a lot of planning ahead or thinking too much, but will still save us the guilt of eating out again after playing all weekend.