@HangFire all time favorite food(s) & desert
interesting question... hmmm despite the fact that I love eating in nice restaurants I consider the standard menu format dumb. I like eating something tiny at the beginning to warm up my stomach but then I want the main dish with a salad. Obviously a great desert at the end.
So, my optimal feast would be pork ribs with french fries, tzatziki and a greek salad. Does it sound stereotypical? Yes. Is it stereotypical though? No. First of all, french fries should not be thin but they should have some "flesh". Not chips. Neither crispy. Tzatziki is there to be used as a sauce for fries mostly. I can do the same with a tarama salad (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taramasalata
). Greek salad is a bit different from the common commercial one. It has the obvious ingredients, tomatoes and cucumbers from my grandmother's garden, olives, feta cheese, olive oil. I like adding green pepper, kapari (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caper
) and a secret ingredient (I won't tell you.. it wouldn't be a secret if I would, right? Pork ribs will be chosen by my butcher obviously. He knows that I pay. And when you pay, you will have the best products.
As far as the desert is concerned, I am in a dilemma. Chocolate salami(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chocolate_salami
) is one of my favourites. Cheesecake is another one.
So about the feasting holiday. As I said in a previous question, I live in Greece where Greek Orthodox Traditions affect our lives even if we are not believers. My favourite feasting holiday is Easter. The tradition says that you visit "your Village" (the village where your grandparents come from), meet relatives and eat. The main ingredient is the lamb. In any form of it. Souvla is men's responsibility. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Souvla
). They rotate the lamb over a fire for the entire morning. At the same time, it's Kokoretsi (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kokoretsi
). Lamb or goat intestines wrapped around seasoned offal, including sweetbreads, hearts, lungs, or kidneys, and typically grilled. Delicious. Then there is the women's responsibility too. They have to clean all the intestines and prepare the Kokoretsi. All leftovers, mostly kidneys, sweetbreads and other intestines are used to cook the Magiritsa(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magiritsa
). My grandpa comes from Eastern Thrace and they have another version. It's like a patty but with the Magiritsa ingredients. It's called Tziegerosarma (no English wiki. Take this: https://tinyurl.com/m7rxs5c
from google images. This is my favourite.
Obviously, it has a lettuce salad with tomatoes, boiled eggs (8+ minutes) which are followed by egg tapping (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Egg_tapping
). Eggs are painted red some days earlier.
I hope that I answered your questions. :-)