These taste, the beauty and the size are what makes Cretan chestnuts sunning and surprising as nowhere else I’ve seen before.
I knew that many recipes includes chestnuts with poultry so I decided to create my recipe and add a special note, something that would enhance the taste for the dish and would fit with both chestnuts and chicken.
The inspiration came from the souvenir of a Cypriote recipe: Afelia (Αφέλια), a roasted pork recipe with whole coriander seeds. And voilà, I decided to cook this dish with coriander seed and lot of the local Cretan wine (Romeiko).
I prepared only half of the recipe with two big chicken legs only for my husband and me (see picture) and this came so delicious, that a few days later I repeated this dish as described below for our friends. The day after the leftover are even better!
At the beginning of October we very lucky to spend a few days on Crete, visit our friends, making excursions and enjoying the warm weather.
Visiting the animal farm of our friend Giorgios and her daughter Konstantina and helping them on beekeeping I noticed some wonderful carob trees (Ceratonia siliqua, commonly known as the carob tree, St John’s-bread or locust bean) full of hanging pods. As I told them my children liked to chew them and telling them that I knew they can be used for cookies and cakes, Giorgios did not think twice and he collected some for us.
Finally a few days later the brown pods had been processed to brown carob powder. The steps: wash, boil, remove the seeds, chop, dry, toast and mill.
Then I had time to create this new recipe and offer some of the bars to our friends. They really stunned about the taste and enjoyed them very much, but they thought I would have bought the four. They were more than surprised I told them that the cakes are product of THEIR carobs pods from the farm!
We brought the rest of the flour home and I already now I will use it for new recipes.
This rustic, minimalistic but delicious recipe can be used as side dish or as base for a pumpkin soup.
We were used to prepare this in a big skillet or directly under the broiler, but this week we enjoyed it form the wooden fire; this simply placing the fire safe bowl into the wooden oven while the temperature reached almost 400°C. This was fast done, I only had to turn the mold once.
Take a trip to your local farmers’ market looking for fresh autumn product or better combine harvest products from your garden. You will see, the beautiful fall colors and delicious fall salad filled with seasonal autumn fruits and vegetables like quinces, beets, walnuts, grapes and hearty greens will be the highlights!
Note: if the onions are too strong, place the slices in a bowl with very cold water for about 30 minutes before use.
I discovered this recipe 4 years ago and this is still one of my favorite apple recipes. The reason? It’s fresh, light and almost no fat, the apples are still crunchy, I love the rose water perfume, I can add lot of apples, the thin chocolate topping make this not only more palatable but gives a professional look as well.
We left the Semaphore area and went to the city again. This time we decided to visit the marked and to enjoy some food.
We liked the market and we enjoyed our lunch with Asian specialties from the food stalls there, that was a great opportunity for some take away food for the next travelling day.
Adelaide is really a big town, but the traffic is so well organized that we had the impression there is a lot of space in this town.
That morning we decided to visit the area of the caravan park near the sea and we went to Semaphore area.
The wind that surprised us during the night was still there, so no bathing day again!
We arrived in the afternoon in Adelaide, found our place in the caravan park and went to the city. This was the really first hot day we had in Australia, and we enjoyed the heat. By public transport we arrived into the center and we enjoyed walking around and taking pictures. We crossed many road full of bicycles until we found out that a special event had just found.
This is the perfect recipe for those who love simply, rustic and tasty cakes.
My mother prepared this for us with a lot of love and we still enjoy it though the picture or we make this again.