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Stuffed Tomatoes

November Recipe:
Stuffed Tomatoes

Ingredients:
12 medium ripe but firm tomatoes
1 cup olive oil
3 cups chopped onions
1 fennel bulb, trimmed and finely chopped
1 tlbsp. fennel seeds, preferably freshly ground or crushed in a mortar
1 cup Arborio rice
1 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
1 cup chopped fresh dill
1/2 cup chopped fresh mint
1 1/2 tsp. salt, plus more to taste
1 1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
1 medium potato, scrubbed, halved crosswise and each half quartered.
Preparation:

Preheat the oven to 375 F.

Cut off the top 1/2 inch of each tomato; set aside the tops. Using a grapefruit spoon, very carefully remove as much pulp as possible fro each tomato, without piercing the skin. Chop the pulp. Measure out 2 1/2 cups; freeze the reast for another use, if desired.

In a large skillet, heat 2/3 cup of oil and sauté the onions and fennel bulb over medium heat for 5 minutes, or until soft. Add the fennel seeds and rice and sauté , stirring, for 2 to 3 minutes. Add 2 cups of tomato pulp, reduce the heat to low and cook, stirring, for 3 minutes more. Stir in the parsley, dill and mint and cook for 2 minutes more. Remove from the heat and add the salt and plenty of pepper.

Stuff the tomatoes with the rice mixture, leaving a little room for the stuffing to expand, and cover with the tomato tops. Place the tomatoes in a 13 x 19 inch baking dish and arrange the potato pieces in the gaps between the tomatoes. Pour the remaining 1/2 cup tomato pulp over everything and drizzle the tomatoes with the remaining 1/3 cup oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.

Bake for 1 hour, or until the rice is tender (lift the cover of a tomato and check). Turn off the oven and let stand in the oven for 10 minutes, then let cool the room temperature. Serve 1 or 2 tomatoes and a couple of potato pieces on each plate.


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Watch Your Manners In Greece
The History of Good Manners In Ancient Greece (Part C)

If a couple divorced, the husband was obliged to return the dowry untouched to his wife's father with 18 percent interest!

According to Solon, the ideal age for a man to marry was between the age of 27 and 34. For a woman it was during adolescence, between the ages of 12 and 16.

The first marriage ceremony was the engagement, during which the bride's presence was not deemed necessary. The marriage contract was signed under the surveillance of two witnesses.

Weddings used to take place during the month called "Gamilion," specially dedicated to marriage. On the day of her wedding, the bride had a ceremonial bath with water poured from a jar called "loutroforos." Following the ceremony, celebrations took place at the bride's father's house.

Guests were offered sesame sweets.

A special hymn called the "epithalamion" was sung during the newlywed's first night. This was sung by relatives outside the bridal room ("thalamus"). According to a later source, its use was to conceal the bride's cries during the taking of her virginity.

Monogamy was one of the basic principles of marriage, but this did not hinder men from having extra-marital affairs with prostitutes or slaves. The same did not apply for women. If a man caught his wife in bed with another man he had the right to kill the latter without fear of punishment. Such an incident has been recorded by a speech written by Lysias ("Kata Eratosthenous"), in which an Athenian was apologising for the murder of his wife's lover.

Even though lawmakers supported marriage as a constitution, most writers were rather misogynists. Socrates, for example, believed that "a wife is a hard-to-bear burden," whereas, on asking Diogenes the Cynical at what age one should marry, he replied, "Young people should never marry; the older ones should never ever marry."

The children's upbringing was a matter of great concern for the Greeks. Plato believed that children should be preoccupied with gymnastics until the age of ten, and then start reading and writing Aristotle insisted that up to the age of five children should not be educated or fatigued by studying, since this world would hinder their growth.

Before the 5yh century B.C., education was in the hands of private teachers, but later on schools were established. However, there were hardly any uneducated boys (except the offspring of slaves) in Athens. The following event explains just how important education was for the Athenians: When the Persians were reaching and about to take over Athens, the Athenians evacuated their town, and their prime concern was to find a teacher for their children!

to be continued...
Excerpt from "Watch Your Manners In Greece" by Christos K. Zampounis
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