|Maria in her Taverna Klimataria|
Just had the best time at a cooking class in Athens, and if you ever venture here you must sign up! Maria, our instructor owns this cool place behind a church nearly 100 years old called Taverna Klimataria.
Maria has such warmth, passion and love of Greek food. In her class you drink, you prep, you drink, you cook, you eat, you drink, and eat and so on...
We started at 5:30 pm and stayed until after 1am- dancing and drinking with the locals. Greeks do not usually start dinner until 10 pm and will stay till past
3 am. We left early (2 am), and still felt like Dionysus - completely exhausted.
Food is an important part of Greek life - and with fresh vegetables and fish so inexpensive here, you find abundant amounts being served at all the Tavernas we visited. (In other words, we never left a Greek Tavern hungry!) Besides all the fresh vegetables and seafood, Greek cuisine includes fresh herbs, various meats, feta cheese, olives, and olive oil and more olive oil! (Greeks consume more olive oil per person than anywhere worldwide). The vegetarian in our group was ecstatic when she saw what we would be cooking: Eggplant pies, Greek salad, Feta cheese salad, eggplant salad, Dolmadakia, Tazatziki, and one protein main dish - Lamb in Hull. Where to start........
|Hands washed and aprons on.....|
|Class does not begin until a glass of Retsina - Yamas!! |
(A Greek Toast that was repeated throughout the evening)
A break in the action with Uncle Poseidon - "Yamas!"
|The finished pies.....time to put them in the oven. Can you see why I am teachers pet?|
|Don't worry Maria, stuffed cabbage leaves always taste better with wine. Yamas! |
What does Poseidon do again??
|Tzatziki tastes so much better when Maria feeds you...|
"Ok, so you all do better work with wine - look at this beautiful stuffed eggplant!!"
|Eggplant three ways and Lamb - Nostemo!|
|Sitting down to a wonderful meal we prepared, however, Hermes is having a problem.....|
|Thank goodness for Maria, she was able to help Hermes by cutting up his lamb for him...|
|Efkharisto Maria. The meal was Phantastika!|