It has been a long time since I published anything on my Greek Fusion Cuisine blog. But it’s been a busy and yet wonderful summer. Not that I didn’t cook or barbeque. I did plenty of those. But we had such wonderful weather, that I didn’t want to be inside in front of a computer. And, truly, I haven’t forgotten you, dear followers.
Our summer this year was amazing. I don’t ever remember a summer in Michigan this beautiful since I moved here many years ago. This year I was not able to go to Greece and enjoy the beautiful weather there. But I think the Greek summer came here to visit me. The weather was warm, it reached to 104 degrees (F)on some days, and the sky was clear and blue. The only thing that I was missing in my back yard was the Mediterranean Sea.This year my husband decided to plant a garden in our back yard. We had an abundance of zucchinis, squashes, banana peppers, grape tomatoes and tomatoes. He also planted some jalapeno peppers, which I don’t eat. I find them too hot for me. I was going to try to make a jalapeno dip with Greek yogurt, but it didn’t happen (stay tuned for that recipe; I’m sure I’m going to try to make it one of these days). As you can see from the pictures the zucchinis grew quite large which I ended up making zucchini moussaka with them (that recipe on one of my next posts). And as for the banana peppers I washed them, pricked them with a fork and barbequed them. Then drizzled some olive oil and red wine vinegar on them and ate them as a side dish. This type of dish is very common in Greece in the summer. My mother used to fry them all the time. This type of food was a staple on our table every Saturday during the summer months.
For fruits we ended up eating plenty of strawberries and blueberries with which I made a mixed berry sauce that I used on top of ice cream or some plain Greek yogurt (I prefer the Fage yogurt). The berry sauce stays well in the refrigerator for up to 3 months. But it didn’t last that long in my household.Here is a first tease with the mixed berry sauce recipe to entice your appetite. Stay tuned for more recipes.
Our garden crop
Some funny shaped strawberries that I bought.