There are many things I love in this life. Travel and food are usually ranked quite highly in compared to things like running or cleaning my bathroom. I’d like to start a new section on this blog where I cook a dish inspired by where I’ve been, and also include an anecdote from somewhere in the world.
Most of these dishes are derived from what I find on Pinterest (I’m absolutely obsessed!) but also mostly from looking through what I’ve got in my kitchen and thinking “huh, that would be tasty together.” It’s almost always a little messy but I love throwing (sometimes literally) new flavors together I haven’t tried before.
Let’s start with one of my favorite areas of the world, the Mediterranean. More specificlaly, Greece. In light of recent events in the country I’d like to share my love of Greek food and culture. I’m not sure how the future will look for this beautiful and extremely friendly country but I wouldn’t hesitate to return.
I studied abroad in college in Italy and a couple of friends and I decided to go to Greece after our program was finished. By the time we arrived on the beautiful island of Santorini, we were exhausted and nearly broke. I left my wallet in transport van from the airport on the first night (it was returned) and we consistently ate at the inexpensive 24-hour bakeries on our way back to our room. Our hostel we booked was most likely full, so in an effort to correct the situation, they took us down the street where we had private room with a beautiful view and our own bathroom. To this day we don’t actually know if we were supposed to be there but it was still 10 euro a night betwen the two of us so we weren’t about to challenge it.
Santorini is famous for having three different types of beaches: the Red Beach, the Black Beach and the White Beach. We were closest to the Black Beach which had (you guessed it!) black sand and was lined with bars and restaurants overlooking the beautiful water.
We rented ATV’s one day and drove out to the trail to get to the Red Beach. Famous for its (you guessed it again!) red rocks and sand. We had to climb down a long, steep trail to get to the water but spent the whole day soaking up the sun.
Alright, now let’s get to the fun part where I destroy my kitchen in a flurry of delicious food making. I’ve decided to make one of my favorite lunch dishes that I usually make before I have to go to work. It’s good hot or cold for the next day for lunch.
1/3 package of Spaghetti Noodles (for a gluten-free version use Zucchini noodles)
1 Tbl. Olive Oil
1 Cup Cherry Tomatoes
1/2 Cup Cheese (I personally like feta, or whatever I have in my fridge)
1 1/2 Tbl. Balsalmic Vinegar
1 Tsp. Garlic Salt
1/2 Cup Prosciutto (Sometimes I use Salami too)
1/2 Can Olives (I prefer black olives)
Mix that shit up. Then you’re done.
Haha no I’m kidding. First, start boiling water with a bit of salt. Add noodles once you are boiling. In the case you use zucchini, I prefer to sautee them for a little bit with some garlic and olive oil. Or even just make this into a “salad” and eat it cold. After your noodles are done, drain the pasta and throw it into a mixing bowl. Add a touch of olive oil and the balsamic vinegar first and stir, then add garlic salt and stir again. Add tomatoes, feta, and prosciutto and give one last good stir. Sprinkle some Parmesan on top for a little something extra.
I usually make way more than I need and leave it cold in the fridge to eat the next day.