How ’bout dem peaches?

(Dana) Those who know me will find it extremely humorous that I wanted to write the post about cooking. But even a non-cook like me was in sensory heaven during our culinary day in Athens. Working with our guide Antony and his sweet wife Sam, we navigated the stalls of the local farmers market. (Fortunately, Sam had already purchased the supplies for our meal preparation at 6:45AM; we were there just for the experience and add-on treats.) 3 different color peaches the size of softballs. Rich, deep aubergine eggplants. Tomatoes that smelled like sunshine — especially where the fruit meets the stem. Dozens of olive varieties (marinated in lemon juice or vinegar). Blond cherries. Melons we had never seen. And the oregano…ahh. I thought about replacing my deodorant with it, but was afraid of the men I might attract.

Then came our cooking class. Fortunately, for the cooking-challenged, it was merely a matter of combining Sam’s ingredients and following her lead. Painting phylo bread with fresh olive oil while creating cheese pie. Squishing hamburger, mint, rice, parsley, onion and bread crumbs through our fingers before stuffing grape leaves. And after all that exertion, a nice break to enjoy our juicy fruit, The outcome was outstanding. Especially when combined with flavorful Greek salad, fresh-baked bread and drippy, gooey, sweet baklava with astringent ice cream for dessert. Completely satisfied senses. I like this cooking.

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9 Responses to “How ’bout dem peaches?”

  1. Now if that doesn’t make you hungry, I don’t know what will. In this case, replace “funky” will “fantastic”.

  2. Wow,

    I missed that meal…Sounds amazing..

  3. We miss you guys! This trip looks epic. Very proud and very jealous that we’re not there! Loving how much you are sharing! Enjoy every last second of it. Looks like you are!

    xxxooo

    mel+chris

  4. Did you try the Feta cheese too? How was it?
    Enjoy!
    Laurent

  5. Mary Hollanda 17. Jul, 2010 at 7:28 pm

    Wish I was there. My mouth is watering! Wish I was there. Love u all Mary

  6. Laura and Isabella Rinaldi 18. Jul, 2010 at 9:55 pm

    wow – just spent some time catching up with you guys! isabella and i are having so much fun watching (and living vicariously through) your adventures! thanks for taking the time to post all of this. the videos are our favorites, and we are planning to check back in all the time. the food in athens sounds ridiculously good – especially when compared to the popcorn we had for dinner tonight. 🙂 safe travels, and keep posting!!

  7. Wendy Darragh 19. Jul, 2010 at 7:33 am

    Only the first month and look how you are growing and changing my friend!!! We could have just done cooking classes and community ed…love it! Keep cooking D!!! xo

  8. bibi, cameron, and clancey 20. Jul, 2010 at 4:18 pm

    We all miss you. Cameron would have liked to taste the peaches. Clancey would have liked a bite of the ice cream. She also asked what is deodorant???? Bibi is ordering the grape and burger combo at a future dinner in Dover!!!!!! Love to see all your posts,
    xoxoxo b.c.c.

  9. Nancy and Anthony 23. Jul, 2010 at 4:18 pm

    Hoppa!!! Now your in our neck of the woods. When you come back stuffed grape leaves and paklava for everyone. Have fun in with one foot in Europe and another in Asia Minor.