Tag Archives: Vinegar

Greek Salad “xoriatiki”, Vegan Style

“Xoriatiki” salad  in Greek means the salad of the village.

From my understanding, the wealth of greek kitchen in vegetarian dishes and endless ways to cook vegetables comes from how poor the people were in the past and couldn’t afford meat, so they had to turn on the more affordable vegetables and legumes.

(Ironic how things have changed, huh?)

When I convinced myself to eat everything in the salad, I was amazed by the flavor!

The secret of this salad is the onion rings, without it, there is no Greek character

Ingredients

  • two tomatoes
  • 1 green pepper
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 onion
  • olives
  • capers
  • oregano
  • sea salt
  • vinegar if you like
  • vegan cheese (you could always try our vegan Parmesan recipe or our vegan Tofu Ricotta cheese recipe!)
  • olive oil

Wash your vegetables. Chop the pepper, the cucumber and the tomatoes. Slice your onion.  Add some capers – careful, they are potent those little ones! Add the olives, without the pits, so you can enjoy your salad without distractions. Sprinkle sea salt, oregano and olive oil.  I think that vinegar goes great with cucumber, that is if you eat cucumber and vinegar though!

This salad is perfect for the inside of a loaf of bread and so it becomes a wonderful sandwich! Take a sharp knife and cut the loaf of bread in half, removing the insides, fill it with the salad and enjoy!

I took the loaf idea out of the site www.sintagespareas.gr

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Μπάμιες! (Okras) with Tomato Sauce!

This is one of our all time favorite! Every week we visit the farmer’s market with desperation to find organic, sweet, delightful μπάμιες!

We use fresh ones, but using frozen ones will save you so much time.   Keep the recipe until you can find fresh ones!

You will need

  • 1 kilogram of okras/Μπάμιες
  • 1 chopped red onion
  • 1 or 2 garlic cloves
  • 5 juicy tomatoes
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/2 tablespoon of sugar
  • cumin
  • olive oil
  • vinegar

This is how I did it and they were not slimey, they were delicious!

Wearing gloves, I washed them well. Then.. off with their heads! With a knife i chopped all of their hats off because I don’t adore biting into it when I eat them. Slime is oozing out of them but fear not, for you will make it disappear! Put the clean μπάμιες in a bowl and drizzle vinegar on them. Leave them in it for about 30 to 50 minutes and you will have yourselves perfect μπάμιες!

Put the tomatoes in α blender (we used a Vitamix) with a half tablespoon of sugar, a dash of cumin, salt and pepper accordingly ( to your health and taste, not necessarily in that order) and two tablespoons of olive oil. Mix well. This is your sauce.

Assuming you left them in the vinegar (which I hope you did!!), it is now time to coat a large pot with olive oil, set it on medium heat and sizzle the chopped onion and garlic. When they get a bit of color, it is time to throw the μπάμιες inside. All the vinegar will evaporate at this point and no one will understand the flavor. I know this guy who hates vinegar but loves this food so it works. (What she says is true!)

For a few minutes sizzle the μπάμιες to make them soft and make the vinegar evaporate. When they start sounding too dry, add the tomato sauce and enough water to cover them, stir. Cover with the lid οn medium-low heat and stir carefully to avoid mashing the μπάμιες!

As you cook the food, the μπάμιες will drink up the tomato sauce and the water while being cooked. If the water has evaporated before the μπάμιες are soft, add some more water. If you add too much water, take the lid off and let them cook for quite some time. I think the secret is to keep your cool and let the tomato sauce become thick allowing the μπάμιες to absorb most of it.

Don’t be afraid of the μπάμιες, they don’t look fabulous, but they sure taste great!