Don't forget the galactoboureko for dessert! I also love spanakorizo (spinach and rice cooked with tomato sauce). You can make a great moussaka by deleting the meat and substituting eggplant and potatoes. You can also make dolmathes stuffed with rice and pine nuts, then served hot with avgolemono sauce made with a vegetable stock if chicken stock is verboten.
Go to my recipes at: http://www.olivetree.cc/RECindex.htm . I have several typically Greek recipes listed there. If you visit the “Vegetarian’s Haven” category, you will find my Spinach Pie (traditional Greek dish) recipe. I am really proud of it. It is the best Spinach pie recipe I have ever tried. It was given to me, 35 years ago, by my Great Aunt Ypatia who was the Chef in our family restaurant.
If you are looking for something easy, here is a variation of the Greek Salad as a starter.
Feta and black olive mousses.
This super-speedy and extremely simple starter – an appealing variation on the Greek salad theme - is full of Mediterranean flavors, and consists of little white castles of lightly set feta garnished with black olives and tomato strips.
Ingredients: Four sheets gelatine (7g) or 2 tsp powdered gelatine; 250ml chicken or vegetable stock (made with 1/2 stock cube and 250 ml water); 200g feta cheese; 250ml whipping cream or fromage frais/quark; (salt and) pepper; 2 tomatoes, halved, de-seeded and cut into strips; black olives; 3-4 tbsp vinaigrette; flat-leaved parsley to garnish
Soften the gelatine sheets in a bowl of cold water until floppy. Heat the stock in a pan to just below boiling point and drop in the squeezed-out gelatine.
Remove from the heat and stir until the gelatine is dissolved. (Alternatively, soak the powdered gelatine on to the stock in a small pan, leave until spongy and then heat gently, stirring until dissolved.)
Put the feta and cream or fromage frais in the liquidizer and add the hot gelatine. Blend till smooth. Season with pepper - you probably won't need salt, but taste to see. Oil six 7-8cm ramekins and
divide the mixture between them. Chill until set.
Turn out the mousses on to serving plates. Surround with tomato strips and black olives, drizzle some vinaigrette over and garnish with parsley leaves.
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