The Greek Orthodox Easter was on May 1st this year. My parents always have lunch at their house so this week’s What I Ate is based on that, because there were quite a lot of leftover dishes!
For Easter lunch my mum made ‘yemista’, which are stuffed vegetables. She makes them vegan for me, but people make them plant based during the fasting ‘nistia’ period of the Greek Orthodox calendar, like Lent. If a food is said to be ‘nistisimo’ it is deemed to be suitable for the fasting periods, however this does not mean it is vegan. There are cheeses sold as nistisimo that contain casein. Some people still eat honey and shellfish during fasting but others may give up olive oil. So it’s not a vegan-as-we-know-it thing.
Mum also made ‘gigantes’ which are like a Greek version of baked beans. You can find these in cans at supermarkets and continental delis but really, home made is so much better. I find the canned ones too sweet as well. I’m hoping to make these with Mum soon so I can put the recipe up on the blog. They’re just so good:
Roast beets and carrots with herbs:
I make ‘healthy’ potatoes at home which basically means I use a drop of oil for chips in the air fryer. When cooking at home I use little to no oil most of the time, so Mum’s Greek roast potatoes are a special treat. Lemon, oregano and lots of oil to get them really crisp:
Aaaand speaking of oil, Mum made this delicious Greek halva dessert with semolina. And oil. That’s cinnamon on the top, not paprika! Thank you overzealous Auto Colour Enhance and lazy me. I love love love semolina desserts from Greek to Indian and the variations in name, ingredients and cooking technique. Mum reduced the sugar in this old family recipe, so it was just right:
Easter leftovers made for great lunches:
Breakfasts are usually always smoothies. Here are beets, pumpkin seeds, baby spinach, banana and frozen strawberries:
Another batch of this pumpkin kale soup with tempeh crumbles by Johanna at Green Gourmet Giraffe:
And finally a couple of pictures from around Sydney Road. Around Melbourne, a lot of signal boxes are painted. Here’s the box outside the Brunswick Tram Depot: