Hünkar Beğendi literally translates as 'the sultan enjoyed it' and is a turkish recipe that refers to a lamb stew served on a bed of creamy roasted eggplant puree. I have changed the original recipe and made a chicken beğendi, a lighter version, with no butter, but with extra virgin olive oil.
Here in Crete, the weather is finally beginning to act like autumn. Time to curl up under a cozy blanket and enjoy a warm bowl of beef soup. A slow cooking recipe, perfect for adults, kids, even for toddlers. It has a few ingredients, but a full flavor. It combines meat, vegetables and pasta (in this case, orzo).
My favourite, all time classic, salad is definitely Greek salad. It's smells like summer, and if you find good juice ripe tomatoes, good olives and good quality feta it will make it just wonderful. Use a wide plate instead of bowl so as the olive oil and vinegar is "touching" all the ingredients instead of being concentrate at the very depth of your bowl. While you eat, dip bread and do "papares" as it is called.