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Clay-Baked Black-Eyed Peas with Peppers, Tomatoes, and Garlic

July Recipe:
Fava Skordalia - Yellow Split Peas with Garlic

Ingredients:
2 cups yellow split peas, picked over and rinsed
2 bay leaves
2 tsp. salt
4-6 garlic cloves
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
3-4 tlsp. red wine vinegar
3-4 tlsp. dry white wine
2 tlsp. dried oregano, combined, plus more garnish
Freshly ground black pepper
1 cup chopped fresh cilantro
2-3 tlsp. pitted and chopped Kalamata olives
4-5 oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes drained and coarsely chopped
1 2medium tomato, cored, peeled, seeded, diced and drained
2-3 green garlic bulbs or ramps (white plus most of the green parts), thinly sliced
-a few sprigs of arugula coarsely chopped
-a few springs of purslane or fresh flat-leaf parsley, coarsely chopped
-extra virgin olive oil
Preparation:

Place the split peas in a large pot, add water to cover by 4 inches and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer, skimming often, for 5 minutes. Add the bay leaves and simmer for 40 minute more, stirring occasionally and adding a little warm water as needed to keep the peas covered as they cook. Add 1 teaspoon of the salt and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes more, or until the peas are soft and almost dry.

Puree the peas with a stick
(immersion) blender, or transfer to a food processor and puree. Let the puree cool completely; it will thicken considerably.

In a large mortar, grind the garlic with the remaining 1 teaspoon salt into a smooth paste. Add 2 cups or so of the puree and continue grinding to incorporate the garlic. Or use blender or a small food processor.

In a large bowl, combine the garlic mixture, the remaining pea puree, the oil, 3 tablespoons each vinegar and wine, the oregano and pepper to taste, stirring vigorously to incorporate. Taste and adjust the seasoning as necessary. Cover and refrigerate for at least 3 hours, or overnight.

If the skordalia seems too thick, add a little vinegar, wine or water to thin. Spread on a large plate, sprinkle with oregano, garnish with toppings of your choice and serve.


Excerpts from:
"The Foods of the Greek Islands"


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 Komboloi - The "Don't Worry" Beads of Greece


Travel through a Greek village, and one one of the most picturesque sights will be men gathered at the local "kefenion", talking politics over coffee, while working their komboloi. Part prayer beads, part fidget toy, the origin of this most Greek object remains a mystery. Some say the komboloi are mimics of Turkish prayer bead strands. Others believe that during the Turkish occupation, Greeks were forbidden from shaking hands and the beads were intended as a reminder not to shake hands. Perhaps the most widely believed theory is that komboloi are derived from knotted prayer strands (komboskini) used by Greek Orthodox monks.

Komboloi used to be the province of older, traditional minded men. Recently, however, komboloi have become a fashion accessory to modern young Greek men, and even some women. Komboloi are composed of sixteen to twenty beads strung together and tied off with a single bead and a tassel. Beads come in many varieties, including plastic, ceramic, bone, glass, amber and coral. The beads are usually strung on leather, string or fine metal chain. Perhaps the most striking komboloi are those with beads made from cobalt blue glass, whick wards off the "evil eye". Komboloi indeed come in many varieties that vary in price from a few dollars to a thousand dollars or more, depending on the materials used.

Whether you first notice komboloi in a Greek's hand or in one of the colorful displays at souvenir shops in Greece, they are bound to be strangely compelling. Once you touch them , and feel the smooth beads sliding through your fingers, you may find yourself hooked.

 

 

 

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Featured Destination: Kos


Photo of KosKos is the island that gave the world Hippocrates, the father of medicine. The third largest of the Dodecanese, it is long and narrow in shape, mostly flat with two low mountains, Dikaio (875 m.) and Simpatro, that run along its southern coast.

It lies south of Kalimnos and was first inhabited in the Neolithic era. In 700 B.C., it joined together with Lindos, Kameiros, lalyssos, Knidos and Halikarnassos to found the Dorian Hexapolis.

In the 4th century B.C., Its Asklepieion became famous as the leading "hospital" of antiquity.

The capital, Kos, is situated in a verdant district on the north-east of the island, at the back of an open bay. Around the port you can still see the ruins of the ancient city and the castle, built between 1450 and 1478 after the Knights of St. John took over the island.

Excavations in the ancient city brought to light building foundations of the Classical era (e.g. the Agora) and of Hellenistic and Roman times (the Gymnasium, Odeon, Roman baths, a Roman mansion with beautiful mosaics), sections of wall from the Classical period, the foundations of a temple of Aphrodite and another temple, probably dedicated to Heracles.

The rest of the town is modern and well - laid - out, with contemporary buildings, hotels and avenues lined with palm trees. In a lush area 4 kilometres west of town, you'll find the Asklepieion (Asklipiio) or Sanctuary of Asklepios. Its buildings, owing to the slope of the site, stand on four different terraces united by a marble staircase, The view from the highest one is stunning.

The most important structure is the temple of Asklepios, a Doric peripteral temple erected in the 2nd century B.C.

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During your visit to Kos, it would be well worth your while to visit the pretty villages which are scattered round the island. Among them are Asfendiou, 14 kilometres southwest of town, built on the slopes of Mt. Dikaio overlooking the sea; Pill, further south, with its ruined Byzantine castle and the Ypapanti church within it, Andimahia, perched on a plateau in the middle of the island; Thermes, with its hot springs and spa and Kardamena, a seaside resort, both on the east coast; Tingaki (near the airport), Marmari, and Mastihari, Kos's second harbour, on the north coast; and finally Kefalos on the southwest coast with its splendid beach. The ruins of the ancient town of Astypalaia can be seen at the district known as Palatia nearby.

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