Since my grandparents left me for the States
I have had full roam of the kitchen.
I am enjoying the opportunity to cook and test out recipes.
One of my absolute favorite dishes to make is Spanakorizo (Spinach rice)
It is easy, tasty and healthy!
I'm sure there are variations to the recipe,
but this is the one that I use and that I have found to taste best.
1.5 kg fresh spinach 1 cup white rice [Uncle Ben's is fine]
1 large onion, chopped Dill, chopped 1 1/2 cans chopped tomatoes Olive Oil 1 Lemon Salt to taste
Pepper to taste
1 tablespoon Sugar
Wash the spinach Chop the onion [I used a food processor] Chop the dill Sautée the spinach in 3-4 tablespoons of olive oil until it wilts Add onion Add chopped tomatoes Add dill Add rice Add salt, pepper and sugar
Mix together well
Cover and let everything cook for 12 minutes Turn off heat
Let sit for 10 minutes
Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil
Mix well *Note: I did not pre-boil the rice, but I wish I had. It was a little harder than I would have liked. Although the recipe didn't call for it, I would advise boiling the rice in water to soften it a bit before adding it to the spinach.
I ended up staying in Chania for Easter.
My friends convinced me that it would be a lot of fun
because everyone would be on 2 weeks of Spring Break
and the city would come alive.
They were right.
There were plenty of events and people out nightly.
The weather was fantastic and I had a great time.
For the Holy Saturday service I went to the village of Aroni with friends.
The moment the priest began to sing "Χριστός Ανέστη" [Christ is Risen]the church bells began to ring
and the burning of Judas began.
The Burning of JudasThe burning of Judas is an Easter-time ritual celebrated on the island of Crete.
A doll where an effigy of Judas Iscariot [who betrayed Jesus Christ] is hung from a tree with leaves and branches beneath.
It is then lit on fire and fireworks explode.
Anthropologists generalize these type of activites as "scapegoating rituals"
Customs vary, but the effigy of Judas is typically hanged reenacting Matthew 27:5) on Good Friday, then burned on the night of Easter Sunday.
Easter SundayFor the actual day I was invited by my cousin to spend the day with his wife's family in the village of Vatolakko.
It was wonderful.
The village was beautiful.
We had a lamb on the spit, kalitsounia, pilafi, kokoretsi, and other traditional Greek foods.