Monday, June 25, 2012

Greece vs. Italy... at the table!



Although I am following the Euro football championship (and happy that Italy passed through to semi finals last night ;) ), this post has nothing to do with the event! 
In fact, this post is about 2 countries that are close to my heart, Italy and Greece. I lived in Italy for over 12 years so obviously I am very attached to the country and its culture; as for Greece, well, I spent a lot of time there during the holidays over the years and some of my closest friends are from there. So here are 2 very simple recipes that are sure to transport your taste buds to the mediterranean and which also make perfect amuse-bouche when having guests at home.

ITALY
Raspberry & buffalo mozzarella bites with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar glaze

One day I was at home and wanted to make a simple Caprese salad but realized I didn't have any tomatoes left. I was really craving a Mozzarella salad and not eating one wasn't an option! I had a few raspberries in the fridge so I replaced the tomatoes with these and let me tell you it was simply divine!

Recipe:
Buffalo Mozzarella
Raspberries
Basil
Balsamic vinegar of Modena glaze

Cut the mozzarella as you please and add the raspberries, a leaf of basil and a dash of balsamic glaze. Optional: Add a little extra virgin olive oil. 

Tip:
Make sure that you thoroughly drain the water out of the mozzarella after you cut it or you will end up having a soggy dish. 




GREECE
Watermelon & feta spoons sprinkled with fresh mint leaves

Back in my University years, my Greek friend invited me to stay at her place in Crete. Her mum sure was a great cook and made us some of the most spectacular traditional Greek dishes. The one that touched me the most was a simple dish with watermelon and feta... what a strange combination I thought, but it turned out to be one of my favorite summer dishes up to this day; I introduced this dish to my family and non-Greek friends who also find it a refreshing and original mediterranean flavored salad.  

Recipe:
Feta Cheese
Watermelon (take seeds out)
Fresh mint

Mix the ingredients as you prefer and serve! I opted for a triangle cut which I then served in spoons. 




41 comments:

  1. Those look absolutely lovely!

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  2. How very clever of you to make these, they both look amazing!

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  3. So beautiful, u did good job!

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  4. What a great idea, fantastic post! :)
    Thanks for sharing!

    Xx,
    Saritschka.

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  5. These recipes look very good!:) xoxo

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  6. Mhhmmmm... yummy!

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  7. love raspberries!

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  8. These are perfect for summer entertaining! My personal favourite would have to be Italy, having just spent last week in Sicily!!
    Happy Monday Hun xoxo
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  9. Those looks so beautiful and absolutely delicious. Very nice ideas.
    x

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  10. This looks absolutely amazing. Not just the food, it looks like a party! Thanks for sharing xx

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  11. yeah, and italy won the game yesterday :-)))) loved it!!!
    great idea with the recipes! love watermelon and love feta. but never tried it in combo...

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  12. looks very tasty!!! ♥♥♥ S

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  13. What a great post! Lov this recipes I am ure going to try them as soon as possible!
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  14. it looks amazing!!!

    xoxo!

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  15. These sound like incredibly interesting flavour combinations!!!!! My mouth actually started watering just reading it - as always you have impeccable photos to accompany a great food post :) HOpe you had a lovely weekend.

    Anna xo
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  16. pretty pictures! Looks delicious!

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  17. I think I might have to try that watermelon & feta this weekend.....looks so delectable!

    Rebecca
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  18. Oh yum!!! I am both Greek and Italian so they're both very close to my heart :) xoxo

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  19. Wow, both of these look amazing. Love the photos!
    Creamy

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  20. Both so good!
    Beautiful pics!
    xxx
    S

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  21. Both of these recipes sound absolutely delicious. Thanks for sharing!!

    Liz
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  22. You are doing an amazing work with your blog honey. I adore it!!!
    Best Regards
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  23. what a fantastic and fresh recipe!!!
    I love it!
    a big kiss my dear friend!

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  24. looks yummy! love the name of the post )))

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  25. omgg. i want to try both!

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  26. fresco e delicato...!!
    ciaoo

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  27. Mhh, looks delicious and so beautifully arranged!!


    Lissy (Love The Fabulous)

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  28. What a stunning presentation!
    Thanks for passing by :-)

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    Have a wonderful Day! xx

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  30. absolutely amazing presentations!

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  31. PERFECT little bites. I so love watermelon and feta. I look forward to trying mozerella and raspberries. :)

    xo
    Quiet Luxury


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  32. nice post...beautiful presentation..
    thanks for your comment
    kisses
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    xo Andrea
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  34. Mhmmm this looks delish. I love mozzarella and feta cheese and the combination with raspberrys and watermelon sounds and looks yummy. Perfect for summer. Gonna try this. xo, Petra

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  35. Hmmmmmm, I think I will try them both!

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  36. I've always wanted to try watermelon and feta. These combos look delish!
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