Monday, July 2, 2007


Today I thought I would try some Greek recipes. I have always been interested in old recipes and collect as many as I can. There is a book called 'The Greek Mama's Kitchen, it is a celebration of the fascinating and diverse culinary traditions from different Greek communities as continued by families today. Focusing on the mother of the household, it catches a glimpse of how the old and new worlds meet and marry. Rosemary Barron shares her favorite everyday recipes and those popular for special occasions as they have been passed down through the generations. She records the cooking skills she learned from her mother and grandmother, and divulges family secrets that give certain dishes an extra zest to set them apart.

You can find it here: I don't know how to make a link right.


3 cups lentils
12-15 cups hot water
1 cup oil
4-5 cloves garlic
1 onion, minced
2 stalks celery
2 medium carrots, minced
1 sprig rosemary
1 1/2 pounds tomatoes, peeled & strained (or 1 - 1lb 14 oz. can of tomatoes)
Salt & Pepper to taste
vinegar (optional)

Soak the lentils overnight in cold water. Rinse and place in a large pot with plenty of water. Bring to a boil. Drain off this water and replace it with the 12 to 15 cups hot water. Add the remaining ingredients except the tomatoes and salt and pepper. Simmer for 45 minutes, then add the tomatoes and cook for about 20 minutes longer (until the lentils are soft). Season. Serve hot. Serves 6-8.

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