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Fasolakia


Some classic recipes just go on and on. And this is a favourite of adults and kids at our full-house dinners.


Growing up, my mother only cooked Greek food and my Dad the English – the best Sunday roasts, apple and rhubarb pie, bread pudding – hearty and proud working class fare. But he never attempted ‘foreign’ food, that was Mum’s domain. On the rare occasions they veered out of lane it was a culinary car-crash. I'm not sure if they each felt they were trespassing... some cultural appropriation, but their hearts clearly weren't in it and even as young kids we could taste that. In her later years we’d set aside evenings together to cook all her key Greek recipes, and I wrote them down to continue her heritage into the next generation.

This one-pot recipe is difficult to get wrong, though practice does refine and improve the timing, textures and flavours.

Fasolakia

Ingredients: Serves 4

12 lamb chops or 8 pieces of chicken 4 celery stalks finely sliced/chopped 5 large potatoes halved or quartered French beans or runner beans 3 tbsp olive oil (extra optional) 1 large onion finely chopped 1 cup of parsley finely chopped 1 tbsp tomato puree 4 cloves garlic 1/2 tsp dried oregano Pepper Salt

Method:


Heat the oil and lightly brown the meat each side before adding a little water, then simmer with the lid on for 20 minutes.


Add the onion, celery, parsley, garlic, oregano and tomato purée.


Simmer for 20 minutes before adding potatoes. Simmer for 30 minutes.


Season with salt and pepper, then add the beans and simmer for 30 minutes more.

Serve with tasty bread to mop up the delicious sauce at the end.


Enjoy.

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