A popular Greek dish, spinach and cheese spanakopita is made with home made flaky, crisp pastry filled with cheese and spinach. The logs of pastry are then rolled up, coiled and then baked until golden brown. Best served warm it is a crowd pleasing dish that can feed many.
Dear Reader, recently I met royalty. Food royalty that is or more specifically the Queen of Pita (Spanakopita). Jenny Tsirekas has been making spanakopita since the tender age of 12 and she had to cook dinner for her family while her parents were at work. Her hands have shaped more of these cheese and spinach pastry coils than most and she has become so well known for her deliciously thin and crisp pastries that the term "Queen of Pita" was bestowed upon her lavishly and in abundance.
One of the first times I met Jenny she turned to me after lunch and offered me a post dessert dessert course. That is dessert after dessert. When I said that I was too full she didn't let up. "Coffee? Biscuits? I can get you biscuits!" she said before pausing and looking me dead straight in the eye and saying, "Nobody ever leaves me house hungry. Ever."
It was said in such a serious tone it was as if she were swearing revenge on a former lover. We looked out onto the vegetable garden that grows a range of herbs and greens. Jenny's husband George also preserves olives and they take pride of place alongside his home made sausages and his grand daughters Mia and Ruby.
One day Jenny generously shared with me her recipe for Spanakopita. Unlike the Patsavoura that she had shared earlier, pita is admittedly more difficult as the pastry is made from scratch. I promise that it is not impossible though. The key is to have enough resting time to allow the dough to roll very thinly. Oh and also to have Jenny's recipe and tips. It's not every day that royalty shares a recipe!
I also made a video showing just how Jenny got her title of Queen of 'Pita with her magnificent spanakopita!
So tell me Dear Reader, do you have a dish that you are known for or queen or king of? And are you more an eater or a feeder? Or both?!