To most people starting off the day with a cup of coffee is a life saver! I am not the biggest fan of plain old brewed coffee in a pot. Greek coffee is first of all an amazing alternative to simple brewed coffee or specialty coffees, but it is also proven that is is healthier than brewed coffee!
It is not a hard process to boil this coffee and it will be worth it!
– The first thing you need is a briki. It is just a little pot with a handle that we use for boiling coffee like this. *pictured below*
– You will also need Greek ground coffee. You may think it’s weird, but it is a powder. The coffee is ground so finely you have no need to strain or use any filter for it. The ground will settle to the bottom of your mug, so I believe you get more flavor of the coffee because of not having to filter out the grinds.
– How to make it –
1. First, fill the briki about 3/4 of the way up and place it on the stove at a medium heat.
2. Add about 1 tablespoon of the Greek coffee to the water and stir until you don’t see anymore clumps. At this stage if you want it sweet add in 1-2 teaspoons of sugar.
3. Now let it boil on medium heat.
4. Once it starts simmering along the edges and you see a thick foam appear on the top take it off the heat and pour only that thick foam into your mug.
5. Return the rest of the coffee to the heat and wait until it comes to a rolling boil.
6. Pour the rest of the coffee into your mug an enjoy!
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Pesto is a fantastic herb sauce that can be used in many ways, but my favorite way of using it is in pasta. I always tend to have leftover pasta, so making a quick pesto to add more flavor and make a complete different dish the next day is the way to go.
Pesto is originally from Italy and usually is a combination of fresh basil, garlic, pine nuts, Parmesan cheese and olive oil. The way I have turned it into a Greek style pesto is by adding fresh Greek oregano, red pepper flakes and lemon juice.
The best way to make a pesto is using the most fresh ingredients! So this is what I did for my Greek style pesto:
– Ingredients –
1. Handful of fresh basil
2. Another small handful of fresh Greek Oregano
3. Juice from 1/2 a lemon
4. About 1/4 of a cup of pine nuts
5. 1/3 cup of Parmesan cheese
6. A punch of salt, pepper & red pepper flakes
7. 1 clove of fresh garlic
8. Olive oil
– Assembly –
1. Start by adding to a food processor the basil, oregano, lemon juice, pine nuts, Parmesan cheese, garlic, salt, pepper & red pepper flakes. Blend them until everything gets chopped up evenly.
2. Once everything gets chopped up nicely, while the processor is on, add a stream of olive oil until the mixture turns into a smooth sauce. It’s also a lot easier to mix into a pasta when it’s smoother and not chunky.
– Last night we had made some manestra, which is orzo, and got a rotisserie chicken (which can be your best friend on weeknights, very useful in many recipes). So for a lovely lunch today, this pesto turned yesterdays pasta in a chicken pesto pasta dish for lunch today! Don’t ever think of left-overs just as that terms describes them. You can easily take yesterdays food into something different the next day. Don’t ever get rid of left-over food!