Life In Fast Forward…
Here’s another traditional Greek dish. Greek Stuffed Vine Leaves with rice and fresh herbs, in a thick lemon sauce. Super healthy and unique. Most people buy these ready made and canned. They don’t go into all the fuss of making them. But like any other food, they can’t be compared to fresh homemade ones. They don’t take that much time to make. The only thing that might be considered as a bit of a fuss is the folding procedure.
I mean really who has the time to sit and fold his food before eating it? (I do… :P) Truth is, our days pass away like this: -Let’s cook quickly, eat it even more quickly, go for a quick walk, have a quick shower, finish work quickly… Our daily routines won’t allow us to relax and cook, or cook to relax… Confused?
Cooking as well as painting is considered one of the most relaxing activities. Not to mention psychotherapeutic as well, they give you a peace of mind. So it goes like –Cook in order to relax, and relax in order to cook (we all have some nice examples of what can go wrong when we cook while in a hurry).
And that’s how my friend, food became really bad nowadays. We end up eating out or buy something frozen or canned from the supermarket and throw it into the microwave. Until we wake up one day feeling fed up, and decide to go to the other end. By following a special diet that’s in fashion and promises a healthier lifestyle. Why? Is it that hard to cook some proper homemade nutritious food? Like people did for so many years? Nope, it’s not.
The solution is simple we can eat everything that nature gives us, in the right AMOUNTS and in the right QUALITY. And quality food has always been the homemade food.
Making Greek Stuffed Vine Leaves Is A Relaxing Cooking Project
So all I’m saying is take your time and try these Greek stuffed vine leaves. Maybe you’ll remember how relaxing and creative cooking actually is. They do taste delicious. If you are a fan of green vegetables you will love them. If not, they may not be your thing (they are surely my thing). Anyway, it’s a fun cooking project for you to try. You can serve them as a main dish or appetizer. That depends on your liking.
Got A Vineyard?
Vine leaves are collected in May. Before the leaves become dry from the summer sun and the vine gets sprayed. Fresh leaves need to be boiled in a casserole filled with water, salt and white wine for about 10 minutes. You then add them in a strainer and dip them in cold water. The easiest way is, to buy them ready in a jar with brine. Who has access to a vineyard anyway? If you’re like one in a million and you do have access to a vineyard, and you do know that it hasn’t been sprayed, and it is the month of May, then congratulations you’ve won. No… just kidding. All in all, if you use fresh leaves, then you will need the same number of leaves as the number of servings of this recipe. Plus 3-4 more just in case. Good luck.
-Oh, almost forgot: Only 14 calories for every 5 leaves (un-stuffed)