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Aioli, a Mediterranean dip

Last time I was at the Freiburg Münsterplatz I visited their large International Market and had fried Calamaris with Aioli sauce. That was the first time I tasted this sauce, and I have been bragging about it ever since. This spread or dip is used with the cuisines in Spain, the Balearic Islands, Murcia and eastern Andalusia, Valencia and Catalonia. Also in France (Provence) and Italy, Sicily and Liguria and Calabria. Continue reading Aioli, a Mediterranean dip

Cevapcici, a Balkan sausage

Cevapcici, a Balkan Sausage

I ate this dish in the former Yugoslavia in 1986 (now Croatia) on the way to the famous Plitvicer Lakes. I always ordered a Grill Plate, it was a safe bet because of the language barrier. One way or another I ended up with Cevapcici, a Balkan sausage on my plate.  I prepare this dish with Tzatziki on the side, see recipe Continue reading Cevapcici, a Balkan Sausage

Auberginen Boote, a Greek dish

Greek stuffed Eggplants

Have you seen those purple Eggplants in the grocery store, but were not sure what to do with them? There a several Mediterranean recipes, like fried Eggplant slices or the Moussaka casserole dish, just to mention a few. I especially like these Greek stuffed Eggplants or “Auberginen Boote” and prepare them several times a year. Continue reading Greek stuffed Eggplants

Moussaka Greek dish

Moussaka, a Greek Casserole dish

I love most southern European cooking, and I haven’t made this dish for a while. It’s a little time consuming in preparation, many steps need to be followed. But don’t let that hold you back . because there is multi tasking involved. IMO, it would be a great meal to invite friends over, open a bottle of red wine and involve them into the process. I can see lots of laughter and good conversation preparing this meal. Continue reading Moussaka, a Greek Casserole dish