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Offline Jackie

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Horta!
« on: April 13, 2013, 01:34:39 PM »
What is the most similar vegetable to horta to be found in the UK? 
Had the most delicious horta starter at the Tavernaki in Sinies and would love to recreate it here.
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Jackie

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Re: Horta!
« Reply #1 on: April 13, 2013, 02:36:11 PM »
What is the most similar vegetable to horta to be found in the UK? 
Had the most delicious horta starter at the Tavernaki in Sinies and would love to recreate it here.
Many Thanks
Jackie

Jackie,

'Horta' is a general term for basically anything green that grows and can be eaten! It also includes grass which you see being cut with a 'hortakoftico' - A strimmer to you and me!

Assuming that the dish was hot, it was most likely spinach or 'spinaki' - baby spinach. However, knowing Tavernaki and Kostas' Mum, it could well be wild greens of which there are many. Some are nice and some are ... er ... not so nice. It is not uncommon to get wild asparagus.

To reproduce it back in the UK, I would suggest that you use baby spinach. If it was spicy, that would be Tsigareli. It's pretty much the same thing but spiced up! We loooove Tsigareli!

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Re: Horta!
« Reply #2 on: April 13, 2013, 03:18:05 PM »
The Horta that I have had here is nothing like spinach.
I enjoy all greens but for Horta I will make an exception.
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Re: Horta!
« Reply #3 on: April 13, 2013, 03:38:51 PM »
What would you say was the closest to horta in the UK rogernrose?
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Re: Horta!
« Reply #4 on: April 13, 2013, 03:56:34 PM »
wh3en my mother in law was in UK she and her sisters used to collect their own horta- basically any 'weed' with a milky stem, such as dandelion, is 'horta'- you can always supplement what you find in the wild with spinach

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Re: Horta!
« Reply #5 on: April 13, 2013, 04:23:52 PM »
What would you say was the closest to horta in the UK rogernrose?

The honest answer is I don't know as the Horta that I had I would describe as stringy and inedible, it was collected by my friend's mother (Greek) from fields and hedgerows and seemed to contain all sorts of things that a UK resident would not consider placing on a table.
In England I have never found any greens that I don't enjoy but Iv'e never sought out dandelions and other local weeds.
I repeat where's the vomit smiley??
« Last Edit: April 13, 2013, 04:25:51 PM by rogernrose »

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Re: Horta!
« Reply #6 on: April 13, 2013, 04:41:24 PM »
give horta another chance- freshly picked and cooked, served with good olive oil and a lemon to squeeze over it , it is delicious

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Re: Horta!
« Reply #7 on: April 13, 2013, 04:50:58 PM »
Sorry Jan but sometimes a line has to be drawn.

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Re: Horta!
« Reply #8 on: April 13, 2013, 05:18:06 PM »
Jan,

I have to agree. However, some of the stuff that our late neighbour, Marika used to give us was likely to cause rogernrose's reaction! It was very strong and bitter. I speak as one that generally likes horta and as I say, tsigareli is even better!

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Re: Horta!
« Reply #9 on: April 13, 2013, 08:54:38 PM »
Horta is any weed that grows flat across the ground . Tsigarelli this time of year can contain at least seven different varieties , the milky sappy ones excluded as they are the bitter tasting .
IMOHO the tsigarelli that Marina at Zephyros Taverna makes is the best , we have watched her making it in a mockup cookery lesson  :D
The ingredients being ......Horta [ obviously ] , garlic , whole small chilli peppers , olive oil , paprika and grated onion .......I am told by said chef that it is three times more nutritious than spinach so I have a dollop with my sunday lunch and take home a portion to have during the week  ;D

Now where is Bluto .... ;D ;D


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Re: Horta!
« Reply #10 on: April 13, 2013, 09:02:09 PM »
What would you say was the closest to horta in the UK rogernrose?

The only greens in the UK that invoked a similar reaction was lava bread, need I say more?

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Re: Horta!
« Reply #11 on: April 14, 2013, 08:10:43 AM »
Where is Zephiros taverna please?

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Re: Horta!
« Reply #12 on: April 14, 2013, 09:56:01 AM »
Banksey , Take the road from Kassiopi to Acharavi , just before the big garden centre [ Vlachos ] there is a smaller garden centre on the left . Take the right turn opposite and head down towards Almyros beach . Zephyros is half way down on a cross roads .

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