Cod croquettes

From Kathara Deftera or “Clear Monday” (this year on the 7th of March), when the carneval ends, most Greeks do not eat meat until Easter Sunday (April 24) according to the customs of Greek Orthodox Church. This process is called “Sarakosti”.

So most Mediterranean recipes of this period contain herbs, fish and seafood.

Today we will make cod croquettes in the pan. The execution of the recipe was done by Mrs. Voula. The taste is truly unsurpassed!

As you can see in the short video, the process is as follows:

Put in a bowl 250gr. Soda water. Add salt and pepper. Add 250 gr. Flour and mix very well with a large spoon until all the blisters are gone. Add parsley and then 2 tablespoons of our olive oil "mer des oliviers de Delphes". Mix well and then add 600 gr. Cod cut into small pieces. Cod must be salted and well desalinated. Usually we buy the salted cod 2 days before we cook it. Within these two days we put it in a bowl of water, which we change 3 times a day.

Mix the mixture well and add 120 gr. Olive oil in the pan. When the olive oil burns, add the croquettes one by one and in 4-5 minutes turn them so that they are cooked from the back. When they turn brown they are ready!

Bon appetit!

Materials:

Soda water: 250 gr

Salt

Pepper

Flour: 250 gr

Parsley

Olive oil: 2 tablespoons

Cod in small pieces: 600 gr.

Delphi, March 11, 2022

Black mussels with olive oil and lemon

Today, Saturday, February 19, 2022, we went to Galaxidi where we bought 1 kilo of black mussels from the mussel farm. We got a fresh lemon from our neighborhood lemon tree and together with our extra virgin olive oil we went to Ersi's house to cook.

the mussels must be fresh for the recipe to succeed! We clean them and remove their beard just before we cook them. Rinse them well with water.
In a medium saucepan put about 50 gr. Olive oil on very high heat. Once the olive oil is hot, add the mussels. Grate a clove of garlic, add pepper, oregano, lemon and again 30 gr. Olive oil. Close the lid and leave for another 5-10 minutes until the mussels open! Turn off and serve with a little chopped chives.

Materials for 2 people:
1 kg of black mussels
100 gr. Pure virgin olive oil
1 lemon
1 clove garlic
oregano
pepper
a little chives
(salt is not needed because mussels come from the sea!)

Vassilis and Ersi and Vassilis (!)
February 19, 2022
(Ersi's cooking site: dolcefarniente.gr)

Beef shank with mushrooms in the hull

Beef shank with mushrooms in the hull! Today, Thursday, February 10, 2022, the Mediterranean diet provides a dish with meat! So my wife Anna and I decided to make a veal knuckle in the hull with mushrooms, wine and olive oil from Wednesday night. The food was prepared for Thursday's lunch! I went to the candle shop and got 1 kilo of beef shank! The amount I describe below is enough for 4 people and is served with boiled rice or potatoes. The recipe is executed as follows: Cut the knuckle into 10 pieces and put it in the hull. Add 1 medium onion, coarsely chopped. 4 cloves garlic in 4 pieces each. Half a kilo of mushrooms, salt, pepper, thyme and half a glass of white wine. We covered the hull and put it in the oven with air at 180 degrees Celsius for 75 minutes. When we take the hull out of the oven, we add ½ a cup of extra virgin olive oil.

The Materials used are as follows:
1 kg beef shank
1/2 kilos of mushrooms
1 onion
4 cloves garlic
thyme
salt
pepper
½ glass of white wine
½ a cup of olive oil

Vassilis Kanatas
Delphi
February 10, 2022

Tzatziki

Almost everyone knows how to make tzatziki! Here we do a repetition of the recipe!
Grate a peeled cucumber and let it drain for 15 to 30 minutes! For best results, squeeze it to remove the juices!
Pour the yogurt in a bowl, add the cucumber, grate 2 to 3 garlic, finely chop a little dill and put it in the bowl. Add 1 cup olive oil, a teaspoon of vinegar, salt and pepper. Stir !! Ready.

Materials:

Or a kilo of strained yogurt
1 cucumber
a little dill
1/3 to 1/2 cup olive oil
1 teaspoon vinegar
1 teaspoon salt
pepper

Vassilis and Vassilis Kanatas
Delphi January 28, 2022

Spinach with rice and tomato sauce

Today, Wednesday, January 19, 2022 in Greece, we eat legumes or vegetables! For those who follow the articles with our recipes it is known that the order in which we cook and eat food in Greece follows a holistic logic adapted to the needs of the human body and the consumption of beneficial fats such as extra virgin olive oil in combination with many vegetables. Rarely do we eat meat!

Our food today is Spinach with red tomato sauce. This Mediterranean recipe is short. The materials used for 4-5 people are at the end of the article. The recipe was executed by my mother-in-law Voula.
Here is the recipe:
Cut the large onion, garlic and leek into small pieces. Cut the carrot into 8 slices. Saute them all together in 3 tablespoons of olive oil.
When they soften, put a spoonful of tomato paste. Grate the 2 tomatoes and throw them in the pot. Let them boil for about 15 minutes.
Reduce the heat to medium and add the spinach (coarsely chopped). Press it to sit and close the lid. When the spinach is well set, stir and add the rice. After 10 minutes, add the dill (chopped), the lemon juice and the lemon zest, salt and pepper.
When the rice is done, turn off the heat and when the boiling is over, add 1 cup of extra virgin olive oil.
Bon appetit!

Materials
for 4-5 people
1 kg of spinach
Or a cup of glazed rice
1 large dried onion
1 leek
1 clove garlic
1 bunch of dill
2 tomatoes made
1 tablespoon tomato paste
½ lemon (juice and zest)
a cup of extra virgin olive oil

Vasilis Kanatas
Delphi, January 19, 2022

A professor advises: Olive oil, exercise and Mediterranean diet against the corona virus

The Professor of Immunology at the University of Jaén José J. Gaforio offers us a practical guide how to deal with the confinement situation at home and how to fight against coronavirus. Essential weapons in this guide are extra virgin olive oil consumption and exercise at home.

Our immune system is responsible for fighting the virus. Consequently, enhancing our immune defense is important for the treatment of the virus, as immune suppression is known to increase the risk of a more serious form of infection. Proper nutrition can help improve the immune system. What should we do about it?

• Follow the Mediterranean diet enriched with extra virgin olive oil, scientific evidence suggests that this way you will stay healthy and fit. The consumption of olive oil increases the number of human cells involved in the body's defense.
• Check the amount of food you eat.
• Priority for foods of plant origin to those of animal origin. Beets, celery, artichoke, eggplant, broccoli, zucchini, spinach, asparagus, leeks, mushrooms, carrots and peppers should be part of your diet.
• Eat seasonal, local and fresh foods.
• Eat salads that include lettuce, tomato, olive and onion, among others. It is important to treat the salad with virgin olive oil and vinegar, not with sauces that normally have an excessive amount of calories.
• Be careful with the salt. Pepper can be a good alternative.
• Fruits are the dessert option, do not skimp on desserts that are usually high in sugar.
• Eat meat in moderation.
• Eat fish, which is highly advisable with cold water fish such as salmon or trout, for example.
• Legumes are highly recommended.
• Use spices to taste the food.
• Now that you have more time, go to the kitchen and dare to make new dishes. If you have children involved in making food, it can be a great time to share with them and teach them good eating habits. All family members must be involved.
• Do not order ready-made food for the home. Cook! Make it like a hobby.
• No fried foods.
• Avoid processed and pre-processed foods that require a minimum preparation time before consuming.
• Enjoy your family food now that you can, giving it the time it deserves and creating a warm and enjoyable atmosphere.
• Keep adequate hydration, water and herbal tea are recommended.
• Always use extra virgin olive oil as the only source of fat in cooking.
• Finally, do some home exercises that you can share with the rest of the family. It is important to do activities together, they can be very enjoyable moments to play.