Cooking is serious business for those of Greek heritage. Food, great food, is a time-honoured way of showing love to oneself, family, and friends. Comforting them too, if that’s needed. Like many immigrant groups, after generations of living away from the homeland, much of the original culture is embodied in the cuisine. It’s no wonder, then, that the worst arguments EVER between Greeks can be over the “right” way to make a dish.
The casts in my mysteries include Greek characters, so naturally Greek food is an integral part of their settings. In the Silver Linings series, Sia Papas battles her daughter-in-law Helen for the cook’s throne. Sia immigrated to the United States in the 1960s and is a stickler for tradition. Do not, I repeat, DO NOT, deviate from the ancestral fare. Helen is a fourth-generation Greek-American who enjoys incorporating other culinary traditions and local ingredients into her Greek recipes, giving them a distinctly American flavour.
I pay tribute here to older and newer generations of Greek immigrants everywhere by providing both types of recipes. Have a recipe “tweaking” insight? Share your suggestion by posting a comment, and thanks very much. Now, stay tuned to enjoy a little taste of the Greek life!