Tuesday, 17 December 2019
Greek Christmas Goodies
Melomakarouna and Kourabiethes
Honey cakes and butter-almond biscuits
Greek Christmas Sweets
The traditional greek person in our house made these all by himself. Usually the grandchildren come and make them together but he couldn't wait till they finish school. No, they must be made early and distrubted to family, neighbours and friends. He made piles of them and there are only a few left on the platters so he'll be grumbling again soon and making more, by himself if he has to.
I used to make both of these. There is nothing complicated about the recipes. Now I make the foreign 'stuff', mince pies, Christmas fruit cakes, chutney, pickled onions and chicken liver pate. I suppose we are both going back to our childhood roots. Now I make a little homeamde Baileys as well and some sort of fruit liqueur . I also make sure we have sage to stuff the chook, brussel sprouts, kumara (sweet potato) and enough sauv blanc to sustain the xmas cheer.
Butter and almond cakes - kourabiethes
For these we buy real butter (irish butter from Lidls) not marg. In years gone by the traditional person bought fresh sheeps butter by the kilo. You can imagine what this tasted like. The sheep. We gradually turned him over to Lurpak and now he's quite happy with the Irish butter, half the price of Lurpak. These are sprayed with rose water as they come out of the oven and then drowned in icing sugar. The aroma is more than heavenly. Irresistible
Honey cakes - melomakarouna
A traditional Greek honey biscuit, dipped in honey syrup
Made from flour, oil, and orange juice, flavoured with cinnamon and cloves, drenched in honey and crushed walnuts.
These have no milk, eggs or butter so can eaten during Lent and the other many fasting days during the year. My sis law makes them now and again when she is fasting, to offer visitors
- Word of the day
what a wonderful sounding word and you can almost guess the meaning. The ringing or the sound of bells.
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