We are gloriously exhausted! Preparations for Christmas are intense…but coming along. Our homes may be a bit of a mess, with shopping bags and wrapping paper everywhere, but they smell pretty fantastic because our kitchens have been baking warehouses these past few weeks. Life is good, and delicious.
Some meal preparations lend themselves to teamwork. Our mother would make this simple, wholesome and economical dish of green beans and potatoes about once every couple of weeks, and each time she would invite us to join her, as she prepared the beans for cooking. We would sit with her at the kitchen table (which was, of course, covered in plastic) faced with a bowl full of green beans. One by one, we would take the beans, and carefully snip off each end. The trimmed ends would collect in a pile on the table, and the beans would be placed in a colander, to later be washed.
Some things just don’t translate well from Greek to English, and τσικ τσικ (which phonetically translates to Tsik Tsik) is one of those things. We don’t know where this term originated; in fact, for the longest time we thought that this was our paternal grandmother’s own inventive way of referring to a dish which is a medley of whatever vegetables you have lying around, and some eggs. But we were wrong; it seems that around Messinia (which is where our parents are from), many people refer to this easy, summer meal as tsik tsik.