Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to all of my Kitoula.com visitors! Merry Christmas Santa Smiley I can’t believe another year has past and I still (occasionally) keep up this blogging thing I started in August of 2009.

Here’s the latest holiday family photo of me, Yianni and Rahbi. 

And yes, of course I made koulouria with Max and Ben.  Here’s some proof of that on my Instagram profile. I spend more time on Instagram these days. I think that’s true for a lot of us. Be sure to follow me there

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I will try to capture some pics of our annual New Year’s Eve lobster dinner. Stay tuned. I’m looking forward to sharing that with you. Merry Christmas Santa Smiley Merry Christmas treeMerry Christmas Santa Smiley

Watermelon and Feta Salad Revisited

One of my most popular blog posts on Kitoula’s Greek Food Journal is my quick and easy recipe for Watermelon and Feta Salad.

It’s a refreshing summer time classic and has just six simple ingredients:

  • watermelon – cut in bite size pieces
  • feta cheese – crumbled
  • red onion – sliced thin
  • mint leaves – small individual leaves or chiffonade
  • lemon juice
  • and honey.

Toss lightly in a bowl and serve.

For this watermelon and feta salad revisited blog post, I made a video!

And a big shout out to Lumen5 for the wonderful video editing application.

Lent and Lenten Recipes

You might be wondering, exactly what is Lent? Most people associate Lent with a period of “abstinence” from foods, and following Lenten recipes. Fasting just by itself has no real meaning. Its role is supposed to be a part of the attainment of Christian virtues. These virtues include:

Faith
Hope
Wisdom
Honesty
Humility
Patience
Courage
Faithfulness
Generosity
Gratitude and
Love, the greatest virtue of all.

So, Lent is a time for self-examination and preparation, and of taking an inventory of your inner, spiritual life. Fasting is just one part of Lent .

“Let us fast an acceptable and very pleasing fast to the Lord. True fast is the estrangement from evil, temperance of tongue, abstinence from anger, separation from desires, slander, falsehood perjury. Privation of these is true fasting.”
A Hymn of First Monday of Lent By St. Basil the Great

I have several cookbooks of my Mother’s and many of them have Lenten recipes. My Mother had definitely attained many of the virtues I listed above.

Lenten Recipes

If you are interested in learning more about Lent and Lenten recipes, simply Google “Lenten recipes”. I did, and here’s what appeared at the top of my search:

Lenten Recipes

 

Lent and Lenten Recipes

 

Valentine’s Day Recipes

Looking for romantic Valentine’s Day Recipes? You’ve got 12 days to plan for a delicious treat. Here are some quick and easy drinks and desserts, two that include Greek yogurt, that I’ve collected for you.

Valentine’s Day Drink Recipes

Persephone

Valentine's Day Recipes / Valentine's Day Drinks - Persephone

 

This drink is named after Persephone, who in Greek mythology is the daughter of Zeus. To prepare a Persephone, muddle mint leaves with simple syrup and pomegranate juice in a cocktail shaker. Add ice cubes and all of the remaining ingredients and shake well. This is a non-alcoholic recipe, but you might want to add a bit of the bubbly!

Greek Mojito


Valentine's Day Recipes / Valentines Day Drinks - Greek Mojito

This mojito is made with Greek Metaxa brandy in place of rum. In a cocktail shaker, muddle mint with brown sugar and lime juice. Add Metaxa, lemon juice and ice. Shake well and strain into an ice-filled highball glass. Top with the club soda.

How about a recipe mash-up that’s a drink and a dessert?

Valentine’s Day Dessert Recipes

Bourbon Peaches and Cream Popsicles

Valentine's Day Recipes / Valentines Day Desserts - Bourbon Peached and Cream Popsicles

The crushed peaches in this popsicle recipe are soaked in Bourbon. I would use plain whole-milk Greek yogurt. Since peaches are out of season, I would substitute frozen peaches whizzed in a blender, even though the recipe suggests canned. These pops will need to set until the mixture is completely frozen, about 5-6 hours.

Thinking of maybe a quick and easy pie for your Valentine?

No-Bake Berry-Yogurt Pie with Sugar Cone Crust

Valentine's Day Recipes / Valentines Day Dessert - yogurt-no-bake-cake

One of the ingredients for this no-bake pie is plain whole-milk Greek yogurt. The pie will need to chill until the filling is set, at least 8 hours or overnight.

Happy Valentine’s Day!
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