The perfect appetizer; seasoned deviled eggs with a briny kick.
The summer months tend to make life seem simpler. Maybe it’s the longer days, the warmer weather, the fact that the school year is done, or the simple breezy summer dresses that make getting dressed, well, a breeze! Whatever the reasons, we find that summer entertaining always seems easier than hosting during the other seasons. If you’re fortunate enough to have an outdoor space, where food like souvlaki or grilled veggies can be thrown on the grill and you don’t have to worry about tidying up your house, all the better. But even if you entertain indoors, summer fare is usually lighter, easier and quicker; who wants to spend hours in the kitchen cooking when there are summer cocktails to make and sip?
We love fancy meals that require hours spent in the kitchen, the use of exotic spices, impressive culinary techniques and layer upon layer of textures. We also love unicorns, calorie-less chocolate cake and never-ending supplies of wine. But sometimes, all we get is real life.
Our daughters were really fortunate because when they were little, and we each had to return to work after our long (but not long enough) maternity leaves, they were cared for by our parents during the day. The love of grandparents is so special, and we are forever grateful that our girls had the opportunity to be coddled and cuddled by them, and chased around the house, and back yard, and park by them, yielding spoons and bowls of food. That’s love!
This recipe is great for those days when you don’t have the energy to even think about cooking. Our parents never seem to be in this state, but still, would rely on this quick meal as a way to feed us an easy lunch, often when they were busy preparing an elaborate supper. In fact, the last time they made this dish for us was a few weeks ago, while we were Mia Kouppa-ing (yup! that’s a verb). We were busy cooking, note-taking, photographing, chasing after them with measuring spoons, and then, during a brief pause they decided that we must be hungry. And just like that, the potatoes were being peeled, and the eggs were being cracked. We didn’t actually feel hungry, but when our lunch was placed in front of us, we realized that we were starving.
Our parents often say that if you have eggs in the fridge, you always have something to eat. That is so true! Whether you choose to fry up an egg in olive oil, so that you can enjoy it’s crispy edges, or opt to make an omelette, a delicious, nutritious and simple meal can be assembled in just a few minutes.
Omelettes are like the little black dress of food; you can accessorize them in so many different ways. Theoretically, you can have an omelette every day of the week and not feel as though you are re-living the same meal over and over. Feeling casual? Make your omelette with some grated cheddar. Feeling adventurous? Use quail eggs and add wild game meat. Feeling extravagant? How about some shaved truffles and caviar (which, by the way, we have never, ever, actually done…but doesn’t it sound fancy!?). Finally, if you are feeling Greek, try this recipe. Loaded with Mediterranean flavours, we are pretty sure you are going to flip over it.
Growing up there were very few things that only one of our parents would make; generally they worked together to prepare their delicious meals and desserts. But some things…some things belonged to only one of them, and fried eggs belonged to our father.
On weekend mornings our father would often greet us with a fried egg or two. Αυγά μάτια (which literally translates into eggs eyes – bizarre!) are a variation of sunny-side up eggs made more delicious because they are fried in olive oil. This cooking technique results in an outer edge of crispy egg white and a yolk which is cooked just perfectly. Sprinkled with just a touch of salt and pepper, they are a simply beautiful way to start the day.