Previously, on Cooking Up Kefi…
JetSet and I were at Grandpa Joe’s house, and the situation was this:
The kitchen was a disaster
the spanakopita (recipe later this week), which is always the very first thing we make,
the gluten-free picnic pie that was so good I ate it with my non-driving hand the whole way home,
JetSet’s painstaking, time consuming labor of love: eggplant keftedes-cum-casserole,
the beet salad to end all beet salads (and finally pictured half-way decently here!),
Not bad for two days work, eh?
MamaKef put the finishing touches on her salad
Okay so baklava is pretty much always good–it’s flaky dough painted with butter and butter and butter (and then some more butter) and layered with sugar, spices and nuts. How is it possible to improve on such a good thing?
Well, if you use this awesome, creamy honey and finally heed the advice of every Greek on the face of the planet, your results will improve. What advice, you ask? The hot-to-cold principle, which states that if you have hot baklava you must have cold syrup, or vice versa. We did cold syrup to hot baklava (instead of hot syrup AND hot baklava) and the results were stupendous.
How good, you ask?
In case that testimonial isn’t good enough for you, my phenomenal Grandma Rita put it best:
“That’s baklava so good you have to eat the crumbs off your boob!” I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: just TRY and tell me your grandma is better than mine. You’re fighting a losing battle there.
We had a stupendous meal full of the two major food groups: laughs and carbs. Grandma Rita made stuffed peppers (very sadly not pictured here) and Aunt Tina supplied the hardboiled eggs. A GREAT time was had by all.
No family gathering is complete with out a selfie– Ellen, you and Lupita have nothing on us!
JetSet and I took one last photo (this one remiss of spinach and flour) and then I headed off into the sunset.
This is a record-setting post, so I’ll cut it off here– I had the most delightful weekend with my family. Our Greekness is so very, very much your weakness.