Wild Pistacia (ΤΣΙΤΣΙΡΑΒΛΑ~ sakız murcu) salad

April 25th, 2013 § Comments Off on Wild Pistacia (ΤΣΙΤΣΙΡΑΒΛΑ~ sakız murcu) salad § permalink

The wild pistachio tree or in latin pistacia terebinthus (menengiç tree in Turkish), is a kind of tree native to South Eastern part of Turkey like Antakya or Kahramanmaraş, also East of Greece like Volos, Athens or Crete.

When the tree leaves out spring, the bright green shoots are picked by the locals. Then as a vegetable, the shoots are generally boiled.

In Turkey the name changes according to the region. For instance in Antakya, it is called sakız murcu while in Kahramanmaraş it is purçalık or ıçkın.

In Volos, Greece it is tsitsiravla (???????????).

Whatever the name, the amazing thing is in both countries the recipes are almost the same.

If by chance you visit Volos in spring, don’t miss to try this appetizer~ meze, which goes well with uzo or tsipouro.

  • 250 gr pistacia terebinthus (the fresh shoots of the tree)
  • 3 fresh onions
  • 3 cloves of fresh garlic (crushed)
  • 8 T. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 T white wine vinegar
  • salt
  • In a large serving bowl, stir the crushed garlic with olive oil. Add the chopped fresh onions.

    Add salt and vinegar and let the dressing sit until you prepare the tsisiravlas.

    Wash the freshly picked shoots.

    Bring a large pot of water boil.

    Carefully submerge the greens in it.

    Boil for about 15 minutes.

    Add the boiled greens to the serving bowl with the dressing.

    Toss until all the leaves are coated in the dressing.

    Serve immediately.

    Egg pie with zucchini

    September 17th, 2012 § Comments Off on Egg pie with zucchini § permalink


    A delicious vegetable pie made only with eggs!!

    for the top:   

  • 4 medium zucchinis (scraped)
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • salt
  • Slice the zucchinis lengthwise. Coat each zucchini with olive oil and sprinkle with salt. Place in a parchment covered oven tray.

    Grill in 200° C  pre heat oven until done about 15 minutes. Transfer to a platter.  

  • 5 eggs
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbles
  • 1/2 baking powder
  • 150 gr ricotta or curd cheese (coarsely crumbled)
  • 60 gr white cheese (grated)
  • 1 T extra virgin olive oil
  • Beat eggs with bread crumbles and baking powder.  

    Place the mixture in a greased 20 cm diameter pie shell. Spread the grated ricotta and white cheese.

    Line the grilled zucchinis on top. You can also put halved cherry tomatoes if you like.        

    Bake in 190° C pre-heat oven until golden.     

    Banana peppers stuffed with cheese and black olives

    September 13th, 2012 § 1 comment § permalink

  •  4 large banana peppers
  • 200 gr white cheese
  • 20 black olives
  • fresh origano leaves
  • dried origano
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • sesame seeds
  • salt
  • extra virgin olive oil
    Cut each pepper first in lengthwise and make a triangle shaped cut. Remove this part and set aside.
    Pop the seeds and ribs from the interior parts and discard them.
    Sprinkle the insides of  the peppers with salt and rub with crushed garlic.  
    Cut the removed parts of the peppers into mini cubes.
    Grate the white cheese. Mix with cubed peppers, black olives and dried origano.
    Spoon the cheese mixture equally into each pepper cavity.
    Sprinkle with sesame seeds.
    Place them to a parchment paper covered tray. 
    Pour each pepper extra virgin olive oil.
    Put the stuffed peppers to a 200° C pre-heat grill and cook until tender for about 20 minutes.
    Remove the peppers to a serving platter.
    Sprinkle with fresh origano leaves and serve immediately.
    You can read a related recipe from here.

    Grilled bell peppers, egg plant and snap peas with goat cheese

    June 30th, 2012 § Comments Off on Grilled bell peppers, egg plant and snap peas with goat cheese § permalink

    During summer the meals are lighter and healthier with full of vitamins.

    This savoury grilled bell peppers are palate both to our eyes and mouths for a finger food party!

  • 1 medium yellow bell pepper
  • 1 medium orange bell pepper
  • 1 medium red bell pepper
  • 8-10 slices of egg plant (1 small egg plant)
  • 1 small zucchini (sliced)
  • 2 T snap peas (boiled)
  • 1 t parsley
  • 1 T wine vinegar
  • 1 garlic clove (sliced)
  • 4 T extra virgin olive oil
  • 100 gr hard white cheese
  • ground green peppers
  • fresh basil leaves
  • salt, black pepper flakes
    Cut the bell peppers in half lengthwise right through the stem. Cut out the cores, seeds, and ribs from the interiors of the peppers. Cut the bell peppers as boat shapes.
    Pre-heat grill to  220° C.
    Place the bell peppers, sliced egg plants and zucchini slices to a parchment covered tray. Sprinkle with salt.
    Grill the vegetables until tender.
    Put the extra virgin olive oil and vinegar into a small serving bowl. Add sliced or smashed garlic and parsley.
    To assemble:
    Place the bell peppers to a serving plate.
    Sprinkle with olive oil sauce.
    Put egg plant and zucchini respectively.
    Add a snap pea to each bell boat -optional.
    Finally put a slice of hard white cheese on top.
    Decorate with a toothpick to be picked by the guests.
    For a related recipe please click here.

    Cheese and walnut stuffed baby zucchini

    May 30th, 2012 § Comments Off on Cheese and walnut stuffed baby zucchini § permalink


     We are in a vegetable phase these days which I like cooking vegetables than cooking meat.

  • 6 baby zucchinis
  • 50 gr goat Ricotta cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 1 t bread crumbs
  • 1 T walnut (coarsely chopped)
  • 1 T dill (diced)
  • 2 T cheese (grated)
  • 1 garlic clove (crushed)
  • red pepper powder
  • salt, black pepper flakes
  • 1 T extra virgin olive oil
    Divide the baby zucchinis horizontally (along the equator).
    Scoop out the inner part with a spoon. Sprinkle the inside with salt and peppers.
    Grate the inner part of them.
    Mix with dill, Ricotta, bread crumbs, walnut, crushed garlic and egg.
    Stuff equally each zucchini with this mixture.
    Put grated cheese on top of them. Sprinkle with olive oil.
    Place them in a parchment paper covered oven tray.

    Bake in a preheat oven 190° C for 20 minutes or until they are tender and golden. 

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