20 February 2015
'97 - OLD BEAUTIFUL AND SIMPLE TIME
My first blog post, and my excitement is tremendous
While my blog was under construction, I thought about what I would write for my first post. After all, it's the first, it should be very special.
While I was trying to think of an interesting post, I arrived at the mall nearby my home. I went into a few home accessories stores to buy new accessories for styling.
This mall takes me back to an old, beautiful and simple time.
The mall was opened in '97, I used to hang out there with my friends and this soon became one of our favorite pastimes
We used to walk around the clothing and CD stores. I was a great admirer of Queen's Freddie Mercury, and I would buy almost anything connected to him…t-shirts, CDs, posters…
But that was during adolescence, and as I see it, everything I did, bought or made, was not unnecessary. It belonged to that period, of adolescence.
It's amazing that once I would spend all my money on magazines and CDs, and today…it's on anything to do with food…dishes, forks with special textures, fabrics, etc...
I sat down in the fast food area, where we would sit and order pasta, pizza and a kind of pastry called "sambousek".
I found our usual table, which was once in front of the sambousek bakery that has since been replaced by a number of other businesses, and I find myself sitting opposite a vegan falafel stand. So many things have changed since '97. Businesses, people, thoughts, world views.
Personally, I prefer that old period that once was; a time when there were no smartphones, when people spoke to you and looked you straight in the eye. Unfortunately, almost everywhere I go today I see people absorbed with alien smartphones.
I really miss those modest days.
When I arrived home I felt like making the two dishes that I particularly liked to eat at the mall: sambousek – which is basically like calzone pastry filled with cheese and olives – and tomato pasta with a special twist of honey and soy.
Sambousek with a cheese and olive filling
700 g flour and another 100 g for the initial stage of the dough
130 ml lukewarm water
30 g fresh yeast
1/2 tsp sugar
180 ml vegetable oil (such as canola)
1 tsp salt
Egg for brushing the sambousek
60 g sesame seed
200 g Kalamata olives
100 g green olives
200 g mozzarella cheese
Preparing the dough:
In a deep bowl, mix the yeast with water, sprinkle it with a small amount of sugar and flour and wait fifteen minutes for it to rise.
In a large bowl, mix the flour (700 g) with sugar and add the yeast that has risen, the oil and egg.
Knead the dough until it becomes smooth and supple. Cover with a towel.
Allow the dough to rise for at least an hour.
After the dough has risen, kneed it again and wait another 30 minutes. Divide it into smaller balls.
Preparing the filling:
Pit the olives and cut them in half, cut the mozzarella cheese into small cubes, and put everything in a bowl.
Roll out the dough on a floured surface to about half a centimeter thick and cut 7cm-diameter circles.
Using a spoon, place a small amount of filling in the center of each circle, and pinch to close the sambousek. Brush with egg and sprinkle with sesame seeds.
Arrange the sambousek on baking paper on a baking pan, allowing room to rise during baking.
Bake for about half an hour in an oven preheated to 200 degrees until the sambousek are golden.
Spaghetti with cherry tomatoes, honey and soya
1 packet (500 g) spaghetti
2 purple onions, sliced in circles
15 cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
80 ml honey
2 Tb soya sauce
Salt and pepper to taste
Fill a large, deep pot half-filled with water, bring to the boil and add the spaghetti with a little salt.
In a large saucepan, fry the onion in a little oil for 5 minutes, add the cherry tomatoes, and cook for another 5 minutes.
Add the honey and soya and continue cooking for another 2-3 minutes.
Add salt and pepper.
Drain the pasta and transfer it to the saucepan with the tomatoes.
Cook together for another 5 minutes, and serve after garnishing with basil leaves.