a swesh swesh lunch, north london, uk
My sister said if the kids will ask for swesh swesh… give them some lemonade. What? Swesh swesh… oh well these Japanesse kids coming for lunch calls the drinks swesh swesh.Why is that?You know when you open the lid the gas escapes and makes this swesh swesh sound. Haha…am so tickled but the kids turn out to be such lovely angels, who were happily dipping their bread into the taramorasalata.yuto enjoying his swesh sweshWell I only arrived yesterday and the first thing my sister told me was, we are hosting a lunch tomorrow. 2 adults, 2 kids plus the 3 of us.OK whats on the menu?Perhaps some roast lamb with potatoes. My sister took the chance to go shopping with Nick, after all Tia Sha is here who can babysit. She came back with some lovely pork for roasting.She said just something simple and straight forward we have two kids who will sit down with us.We set the table with some hummus, taramosalata and the spread I got from Calabria. Its a spicy salame spread soaked in oil with lots of chili normally spread on toasted bread called n’duja.I cut some garlic naan to go with our spreads and dip.
I instructed my sister just to add garlic, salt and pepper if possible use Maldon. She went a little bit panicky since it was already 1130am and lunch was set for 1pm.I suggested that she makes some apple sauce. I found the a recipe on one of the cookbook at her shelf that turned out to be my book. (Speaking of books… she is already giving me hell.. as everytime I come here I take some books away and they end up in Athens haha)
So while the pork was roasting I made a mix salad with feta, tomato, lettuce, celery and some capsicum with a greek yoghurt dressing. I mixed olive oil, lemon, salt, pepper and some greek yoghurt. I added the dressing just before serving the salad. My sis made some roast potatoes the greek way.
LEMON ROASTED POTATOES.
Peel and cut the potatoes into quarters
Add salt and pepper.Squeeze one lemonA cup of water.
Drizzle with olive oil.
Sprinkle some origani
Roast uncovered for 45mins till brown and add water if it dries.
Other than the apple sauce we made some gravy from the scratch.
Apple Sauce from the AppleCookbook
50 g butter1 large spanish onion finely diced
8 fresh sage, chopped or 2 tsp dried
2tbsp demerara sugar
500g dessert apples, peeled, cored and sliced
salt and freshly grounded black pepper
Easy and fun
Melt butter in a saucepan and gently fry the onion.
Add the sage and salt and pepper.
Cook until the onion is soft and transparent, stirring occasinally.
Sprinkle over the demerara sugar, increase the heat and stir in the apples.
Cook for 7-10 mins turning the mixture over occasionally with a wooden spoon, but taking care not to break the apple slices.
As soon as the apples are soft and not mushy, remove from heat.
Lunch was simple yet great with my sister and Nikos Japanese friends and Aris, her Greek friend from the university days in Athens. After the lunch we set off for a walk in the wood with the kids racing with us and counting how many squirrels we have seen
As for my family, I will not see them again till next year if time allows me to spend longer off from work to be in London….. and as for me am in Athens!!! I was in London for few days back to France for a day then left for Athens.