Saturday, December 3, 2011

Taking a moment to breath

I miss my family. I miss my friends. I miss my sanity. These are my thoughts for the past 3 months.

This past summer I spent in Greece and somehow got the bug that it is time to move on from this place I live in now. What is it about the Greek sun, the soil, the chaos, the extreme heat that make you want to live there and make it work. I think it is the sea, that blue Aegean sea that beckons us to dive in and feel it's salty licks. To take a walk in a village and everyone to know you. To sit at the village cafe in the middle of the day when most are taking siesta and enjoy the quiet while sipping on a frappe. To hear the "tzitzikia" (native crickets) sing their tune as loud as they can. To enjoy what is our heritage and try and preserve it.

So that is what I dream of now, while December has creeped in and I await the next 7 months to go by so that I can be there again. As I take a moment out of my day to breath I realize that I need to breath in the hot summer air. I need to meditate under the Greek sun. To walk on a pebble beach and smell the salt in the air. To sit at a tavern and taste fish that was swimming in that sea that morning and now it is grilled and lemon topped on my plate waiting for me to savor it.... Speaking of which... next recipe will be grilled red snapper.

Well that is all I will say for now... Till later..

Baking a pie

Who was the person to use the phase "it's as easy as baking a pie" and knew what they were talking about? All I can say is that they do not have a clue.

Baking a pie can be easy. If you have the ingredients, know a good filling recipe and have time... lots and lots of time. But, I have realized that making a pie does not mean you have to create the dough yourself, or make a mess in the kitchen. Here is my favorite apple pie recipe that anyone can make and make it theirs.

By 2 pie shells frozen (but leave them on the counter for 1/2 before filling)

4 apples, pealed and thin sliced (the thinner the better as they cook faster)
1 cup of brown sugar (loose packed)
pinch of salt
zest of lemon
mint (if you choose)
pinch of cinammon

1 egg yolk with a drop of water and 1/2 tsp of sugar

Take a large ziploc bag and place in all your ingredients. Seal the bag and shake it well. Leave it in the fridge overnight. Take out along with your pie shells 1/2 before preparing pie. Then take the filling, place in one pie and use the second to over the pie. Cut out a few shapes if you wish for decoration. Then dust pie with some water.

Place in the over at 350 for 40 minutes. Keep an eye on the pie. Take out when you see it start to turn away from white color and brush lightly with the egg glaze. Place back in over to complete cooking.

Leave out for a 1/2 before serving. YUM YUM YUM!!!