Entire weekend away at a fabulous party at the home of generous friends who are also just the most super duper hosts. I did not cook a thing!
July 24 Garides me Feta
We spent the weekend in Cobourg celebrating the 40th birthday of a dear friend and we were wined and dined and treated to an amazing time.
We finally got home on Sunday afternoon and I had no idea what to make for dinner but clearly I had to cook something. I knew that I didn't want to mess with the bbq, I wanted something simple and easy to eat and I wanted something that I could turn into another dinner for The Kid and I tomorrow when Shack was back at work.
Garides me Feta is something that I often dream about eating. I spent quite a lot of time working in Greece in my late twenties and I have to be honest, I didn't love much of the food. It was too heavy, too much deep frying and you can only live on greek salad and watermelon for so long before you start to get antsy. One of the dishes I never got sick of was Garides me Feta - huge shrimp baked in a sauce of tomatoes, white wine, lemon, garlic, sometimes some oregano, sometimes no oregano then covered in a thick layer of feta and baked until the sauce bubbled up through the soft, salty, melty cheese.
I added some sugar snap peas, which are not very greek but remind me of fava beans (which are) and I felt like we needed something green in there somewhere. So if you are all worried about authenticity, you might want to leave those out but if only care about taste and texture and a bit of nutritional value, leave them in.
The sauce was garlicky and delicious and the perfect thing to sop up with some nice baguette. It was exactly what I wanted and tomorrow, it will make the filling for some greek tacos that I am thinking should not be so terrible. There was a moderate amount of whinging because the poor boys had to actually peel their shrimp. It is not my fault that they do not truly comprehend the joy that comes from sucking the sauce from every shrimp before you take the shell off so you can eat each one slowly and not just shovel three shelled shrimp into your gaping maw all at once just because you can.