We have just returned from lunch at Gabriel's Steps in Old Peritheia. We were offered blackbird stifado and samphire, two dishes that we have never been offered before at a taverna in ten years of living here!
Next Sunday we are hoping to have fresh crabs from Lake Antiniotissa which is also where the samphire came from.
How nice to have something totally different on the menu for a change.
Message posted by Happy Wendy on 22 January 2012 at 7:49pm - IP Logged
I have to admit I opted out and had the παϊδάκια instead! I'm such a wimp! Our host Lolla had it though and it looked sort of OK!
A friend of ours had robin pie once. I think I would have opted out of that too! It's not that I think there is anything wrong with people eating wild birds. It is just another form of foraging I suppose. It's just that I'd rather see the birds flying free in my garden!
Message posted by Happy Wendy on 22 January 2012 at 8:31pm - IP Logged
A neighbour once asked if he could shoot blackbirds for a pie- finally I reluctantly agreed until he told me that to make a big enough pie for a party he needed 46- I prefer to see them flying!
Samphire, known in Corfu as amirika- used to pick it at Petriti before they made a boring municipal garden by the sea, now go to Alikes (Lefkimi). Alonaki Taverna always have it, but they are by the lagoon and know the secret places it grows in there- delicious, especially with skordalia- but does take a lot of cleaning, in UK used to cheat and buy it ready cleaned
In a farmers market in Oxfordshire I could get a brace of rooks, ready to make into a pie, but much as I hate their cawing I didn't fancy eating them!
Message posted by trisa on 22 January 2012 at 9:09pm - IP Logged
Jam, I had a lesson in preparing the αρμιρίχα today and I agree - it is very time consuming! I know where to get it now though so will be venturing down to the lake to see if I can locate it.
Do you know anyone who actually has eaten a rook?
You were saying about the boring municipal garden in Petriti. Slightly different but we were taken aback today by the large piece of ground that has been flattened, sort of, and made into a car park at the start of the village of Old Peritheia. I really don't like it.
Message posted by janmanessi on 22 January 2012 at 9:24pm - IP Logged
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