As I've written here before I do consider myself a foodie, although I am seriously contemplating the validity of tagging myself that. The reason for my doubt and insecurity is that in reality, I use about five ingredients consistently. Olive oil, lemon juice, oregano, garlic... ok four ingredients. SIX if you count salt and pepper. Let's count them!
We're lucky to be spending about 2 1/2 weeks in Greece this summer. So as I prepared my shopping list for the grocery store upon arrival it looked like this:
- Olive oil, direct from the source
- Feta cheese, which I can eat for three meals a day, and do.
- Olives, any kind, preferably in a can which you can't find often here in the US. Olives are my favorite, and they've gotten me into some trouble in my past. The only time I ever got into hot water with my yiayia, was over an olive incident when I was 12 or 13, but that's for another post.
- Greek bread, although you don't have to ask for Greek bread, just bread. Crusty, covered with sesame seeds, and never eaten with butter, and accompanies the feta cheese in 2 out of the 3 meals.
- Red Wine
As my friend wrote me in a sweet note before I left for sabbatical, it's time to get your Greek on! More like putting into overdrive. As luck would have it, I found authentic Greek olives, in a can, at my grocery store down the street.
The ingredients above went into a fresh yogurt cucumber mint dip. Perfect with meatballs or veggies. Olives on the side. There will be no incident, I promise!