Monday, January 25, 2010
it is near impossible to top the experience of walking into a kitchen to the aroma of baking bread, browning garlic, and freshly washed basil. when cooking i experience an unadulterated joy. when cooking with friends i am at peace. any stress can be whipped into submission with the flick of a whisk. some of my favorite gifts have been recipes given to me by loved ones.
i am greek american and we use the word "kefi" to describe the spirit and joy of life. it essentially means the za za zoom in each of us. the practice of growing and making food, as much as love making, is full of kefi. in honor of my admiration for all things culinary and my dedication to living a life full of kefi i wanted to post my favorite tzatziki recipe. this spread is delicious on bread or vegetables and can be eaten solo as well.
2 cups Greek yogurt
1 long cucumber, peeled and grated
4 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed (or finely grated)
Juice of 1/2 lemon, or more according to taste
1 Tbsp chopped parsley
Pinch of fresh oregano
2 to 3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper, to taste
Mix it all together and opa!