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post #31 of 44

well, i might just try them out of friendship - we'll see. 

"Siduri said, 'Gilgamesh, where are you roaming? You will never find the eternal life that you seek...Savour your food, make each of your days a delight, ... let music and dancing fill your house, love the child who holds you by the hand and give your wife pleasure in your embrace.'"
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post #32 of 44
Thread Starter 

You'll have to try making something of mine.  I've made your cake and also your pan roasted cauliflower pasta recipe if not more.  I'm happy to provide any recipe you have an interest in besides green beans, although I don't literally stew them in tomato sauce, I put fresh tomatoes in there but no sauce.

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post #33 of 44
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Originally Posted by Koukouvagia View Post

You'll have to try making something of mine.  I've made your cake and also your pan roasted cauliflower pasta recipe if not more.  I'm happy to provide any recipe you have an interest in besides green beans, although I don't literally stew them in tomato sauce, I put fresh tomatoes in there but no sauce.


Ok, tell me how you make them.  who knows, i might even like themsmile.gif

"Siduri said, 'Gilgamesh, where are you roaming? You will never find the eternal life that you seek...Savour your food, make each of your days a delight, ... let music and dancing fill your house, love the child who holds you by the hand and give your wife pleasure in your embrace.'"
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post #34 of 44
Thread Starter 

Great.  The recipe is officially called "Fasolakia Ladera" which means "Oily green beans."  You will need:

 

- 1lb string beans

- 3 waxy potatoes (cut in quarters)

- 1 large tomato (diced)

- 1 cup olive oil

- 4 garlic cloves (chopped)

- 1 medium onion (chopped)

- salt/pepper

 

1. Clean the green beans by removing each tip and pulling away the string.  If the string persists use a peeler to peel it away.  Nothing worse than strings in your beans!

2. In a dutch oven (wide but not shallow), warm up the olive olive.  When hot but not smoking add the potatoes and season.  Stir and cook for 2 min.

3. Add the garlic and tomatoes.  Season and stir. 

4. Add the green beans, stir and season.  Cover and simmer, turn down the heat and allow the green beans to soften, it should take about 20min.  Stir through gently without breaking the potatoes and tearing the beans and allow it to simmer covered for another 30min.  The green beans should be very soft and tender.

 

I warn you, this is an oily dish, it needs a good crusty bread to mop up every last drop of oil.  If you use a good ripe tomato the olive oil should have a slightly red tinge to it.  Many greeks would add loads more tomato than I do but you can add as little or as much as you want, the more you add the heavier and richer the dish gets.  You may like this as a side to grilled chicken or a good pork chop or even a fish dish.  Normally this is eaten as the main course and is a staple dish during Lent.

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post #35 of 44

Thanks Koukou.  I'll try it when i'm back in Rome and when i can find good stringbeans and good tomatoes. 

"Siduri said, 'Gilgamesh, where are you roaming? You will never find the eternal life that you seek...Savour your food, make each of your days a delight, ... let music and dancing fill your house, love the child who holds you by the hand and give your wife pleasure in your embrace.'"
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post #36 of 44

I know you have received a number of responses, but I thought I would give my 2 cents on pie crusts.  

 

I use my grandmother's trick: be sparing when adding water, add one tablespoon at a time and work it in, and use VERY, VERY COLD WATER.  Before I start making a pie crust, I use a medal bowl and put a couple trays of ice cubes and cold water in it. Then use that water to add tablespoon by tablespoon to your crust.  Be careful to not add more water than the recipe calls for.

 

Others have discussed not overworking the dough- here's my trick: a pastry crust rolling bag. I like it for 2 reasons: - I don't have to worry about flouring my rolling pin and extra flour getting into the dough, and 2) it rolls out easily the first time around which means no more overworking the dough. http://www.kingarthurflour.com/shop/items/pie-crust-bag-14-inch

 

Since baking is a science, follow a recipe exactly.  Part of that means going back to basics, including reading the recipe through ENTIRELY before you start ( I am guilty of breaking this rule and need to follow it myself), getting your mise en place (ingredients ready) and then starting the recipe.  

 

Hope that helps.  Good luck!

post #37 of 44

Hi Colleen,

yeah, those things all help.  Though i break all the rules myself when i bake.  I never cool the bowl, i use a mixer, i never have everything ready before i begin, i'm usually running back and forth, flour all over the place, oh no, where's the rolling pin, chaotic as can be,  and if i let the water run a half a minute to get it cold, that's about the best i can manage.  I don't generally have any ice cubes anyway.   But i cook like that now, at the beginning i took all the precautions.  Then when you have the hang of it, you can know what you have to be careful about and what not. 

Many myths of the origin of the universe begin with chaos too! 

When i'm working on a paper, my desk is the same way, and maybe a couple of feet of floor space around it too.  It's just the way my mind works crazy.gif

But my piecrusts are great, i have to admit.  flaky and delicate.  So i must be doing something right. 

"Siduri said, 'Gilgamesh, where are you roaming? You will never find the eternal life that you seek...Savour your food, make each of your days a delight, ... let music and dancing fill your house, love the child who holds you by the hand and give your wife pleasure in your embrace.'"
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post #38 of 44
Thread Starter 

Pie crusts are my nemesis.

 

The cake is gone gone gone.  The frosting was oh so good, so much better than that stuff in a tub.  Back to low-wheat eating now after a 5-day free for all!

 

That pie crust bag looks amazing, I should get one!

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post #39 of 44

Hi Koukou

I just wanted you to know, i made string beans in tomato sauce, and ate them, as promised!  I didn;t use your recipe, though, because i couldn;t imagine putting that much oil in them. 

Here's how i made it and how it came out

I found these wonderful string beans at the market, hard and sweet and small, and they were already cleaned of stems.  It was a shame to cook them all, and i ate a few raw

 

 

Then i squashed a couple of cloves of garlic and chopped it up (not too fine) and started frying slowly with a pinch of greek origano

 

I added some cubed tomatoes from the can (half a small can) and cooked over high heat a couple of minutes

 

Then i added the string beans, and some water to almost cover,  They cooked rapidly over high heat, partly covered, occasionally stirring so the ones sticking out would get under the sauce. 

 

 

The beans were cooked (still slightly al dente and i hate them when they cook more) so i took them out and left the watery sauce on the fire on high to reduce.  Then i poured the somewhat more reduced sauce (but still fresh, not like a ragu) over the beans, sprinkled with fresh parsley and brought it forth. 

It was good.  I feel bad, though, because those were special first spring stringbeans, but they came out well and i enjoyed them even!  I probably will do them with butter or oil and lemon next time, but they were good.  Voila'!

"Siduri said, 'Gilgamesh, where are you roaming? You will never find the eternal life that you seek...Savour your food, make each of your days a delight, ... let music and dancing fill your house, love the child who holds you by the hand and give your wife pleasure in your embrace.'"
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post #40 of 44
Thread Starter 

You ate them with tomatoes and the world didn't collapse around you?  Success!

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post #41 of 44

No, didn;t fall apart.  But it was only a matter of preference, i still think string beans (especially those beauties i bought) are so good in themselves i don;t really want to cover them with strong tastes.  Now zucchine, that's a vegetable that is very low on my preference list, unless they;re small and new and still have the flower attached - the rest of them are pretty tasteless.  I'd have no problem covering up THEIR taste!

"Siduri said, 'Gilgamesh, where are you roaming? You will never find the eternal life that you seek...Savour your food, make each of your days a delight, ... let music and dancing fill your house, love the child who holds you by the hand and give your wife pleasure in your embrace.'"
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post #42 of 44
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Why does everyone hate on zucchini?  I really love it myself.  You do have to be careful though, the younger the sweeter.  Just last week I bought a beautiful zucchini, chopped it and gently fried it in olive oil for 30min on low heat until it practically disintegrated and folded it into an omelet.  It was TERRIBLE!  Very bitter and I had to throw it out.  All that effort for nothing.  I hate it when a zucchini does that!

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post #43 of 44
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Originally Posted by Koukouvagia View Post

Why does everyone hate on zucchini?  I really love it myself.
I love them too. I often just cut them lengthwise, brush them with olive oil, salt and pepper and grill slowly until they're almost "confit".....delicious!
post #44 of 44
I just happened to grill some mini zucchini as part of last nights dinner......simply tossed in olive oil, s/p......I adore baby vegetables, but grilling them takes them to a whole new place.

joey

food is like love...it should be entered into with abandon or not at all        Harriet Van Horne

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food is like love...it should be entered into with abandon or not at all        Harriet Van Horne

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