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Greek food!
I made spanakopita from scratch on Saturday.
    Process: in 20-some easy steps
  1. Sauté 1 onion, .5 cups scallions, 4 cloves garlic.
  2. Wilt 2 pounds of spinache (aka metric fuck tonne of spinache).
  3. Squeeze dry and let cool.
  4. Mince fresh oregano, chives and fingers (or nub, in my case) into a smallbowl.
  5. Open phyllo dough, wipe sweat from bow as you carefully remove it from packaging.
  6. Attempt to peel first layer if phyllo dough and rip it to pieces.
  7. Repeat.
  8. Peel layer of phyllo and lay on cookie sheet - realize you don't own a cookie sheet and put it on foil.
  9. Forget to grease foil.
  10. Cover dough with damp towel so it doesn't become brittle. Watch dough get soggy because "damp" must clearly mean "put towel outside on humid day" rather than "run water through towel and squeeze excess out"
  11. Swear while trying to save dough, lose two sheets in the process. Do not collect $200.
  12. Spend 5 minutes getting it flat, swear when it sticks to unbuttered foil.
  13. Brush with melted butter, swear when it rips from the bristles.
  14. Butter the butter brush to facilitate buttering phyllo.
  15. Butter dough.
  16. Cover with oregano, chive, and blood mixture.
  17. Peel phyllo dough, give up trying to keep it intact and lay on first sheet.
  18. Butter, sprinkle with mixture.
  19. Peel layer that immediately disintegrates because you forgot to cover with the damp towel 10 steps and two hours prior.
  20. Cut sheets into thirds and spoon non existant filling onto strips.
  21. Make filling you forgot to make - fold feta and now cold spinache mixture into two beaten eggs, coriander and nutmeg.
  22. Remove shirt that is not green and covered in feta/eggs.
  23. Spoon existant filling onto strips.
  24. Fold like flag, remember war dead.
  25. Brush with yet more butter and sprinkle with parmesan cheese.
  26. Repeat until you run out of phyllo dough but still have tons of filling left to make into an omlette the next morning.
  27. Swear since you forgot to preheat oven to 350 then bake for 2 hours or until smoke detector goes off.

It wasn't that bad, really.
Hand made, fresh spanakopita is worth every swear, every ripped sheet of phyllo, every drop of blood. It's fucking fantastic served to friends for dinner along side lamb chops. Fox and I will be eating it most of this week.

The weekend, otherwise, was OK. Sunday, from about 3pm to Midnight, was pretty nice though.
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From: (Anonymous) Date: January 17th, 2006 01:48 pm (UTC) (Link)

greek food

When Ferb and I made this the first time we had just watched it made on Food Netword tv. We did have an adventure also but not quite as humerous as yours seemed to be.

Here is to good food and good friends.

abmann From: abmann Date: January 17th, 2006 01:57 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: greek food

Sadly, my hyperbolic bent is just that: hyperbole. My experience was nary so bad. The hardest part was getting the darn phyllo flat which I gave up on after the first three sheets were placed.

It is, though, well worth the effort; my father will be proud that I am able to make this dish... frightened, but proud.
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