“So, you are Japanese, right?”.
This is often what I get when people see me for the first time in person after several emails and phone calls. They must have briefly thought I would be Japanese by my first name and ditched the idea after seeing my surname – traditional Greek name from Kastellorizo. My English with a funny accent probably makes them more confused too. When they see me and ask me the question, they look like they have resolved the Agatha Cristy’s mystery. For me, watching their expression is quite entertaining.
This month, it became nine years since I had this unique name combination which I am happy to carry. We normally try to do something together and follow the wedding gift tradition for our anniversary. The 9th year is pottery. We bought some “pots” to decorate our home.
Then, we went for a picnic on the beach.
I included my newest dip in our picnic – Whipped Greek Feta Dip. This recipe is just my creation and not a secret family recipe, unfortunately. In this recipe, I use freshly squeezed orange juice and honey which gives a slight sweetness to the dip. Mint leaves add a freshness to it. Both me and my husband enjoyed the combo.
I use the traditional Greek Feta which is made from sheep and goat milk, so some people might feel it’s too strong or stinky if they are not familiar with it. In that case, you can use a Greek-style Feta Cheese which is made from cow milk.
I recommend serving this whipped feta dip with flatbread. My go-to flatbread is Jamie’s. It is easy and always works.
Do you feel a bit confused learning a Greek recipe from a Japanese cook? Don’t get confused, because regardless, it is very yummy…
- 100g Greek Fata Cheese
- 50g Greek Yogurt
- 2 Teaspoons of freshly squeezed Orange Juice (about 1/8 of Orange)
- 1 Teaspoon of Honey
- 1 clove of Garlic – finely chopped
- 5 leaves of Mint – finely chopped
- Place all ingredients except Mint in a large bowl and whip all together until it becomes smooth. Of course, you can use a food processor if you have.
- Fold chopped mint leaves into the feta dip. Serve with your choice of bread .