Wednesday, 1 October 2008

ABC Wednesday: K for kalitsounia

It's ABC Wednesday again, and K is for kalitsounia.

In Hania, a favorite snack, both at home and at work, is a kalitsouni (kalitsounia in the plural), little pies in various shapes and sizes filled with sweet or savoury filling. I make hundreds of these and put them in the deep freeze and use them as we need them. They go into my children's lunch boxes, I serve them up for unexpected guests, we have them in the evening for dinner... We eat them any time.

Half-moons ...
lenten kalitsounia

... with a healthy savoury filling...
pie making

... of chopped greens (amaranth or spinach) mixed in with the local soft white curd cheese, mizithra, ...

... or sweet ones: little oblong parcels filled with soft cheese and sprinkled with honey;

The most we ever make is at Easter, as they are a part of the traditional fare of the most important religious festival celebrated in Greece.



No one says no to kalitsounia!

14 comments:

  1. I have seen a lot of food this morning all ready - I shall throw on the weight.
    We might call them pasties - of which I am rather fond. I would probably go for these although I have just told magiceye that I am a stick-in-the-mud eater.
    My digestion isn't what it was - it could be argued it never was...

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  2. I think those are fried in oil, right? They look very good.
    I noticed the counter top; it is something I would love!

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  3. Well no, *I* certainly wouldn't say no to kalitsounia, from the way you describe them.
    Nice to see you at work at that seriously big work space. I just tried my hand at making a date spread-filled rolada and could have used such a big table to unroll the filo pastry.

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  4. Oh, wait a minute, hold my last comment! On second look, that's not you, is it. (Not that I know, since you are almost never in view on your blog.)

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  5. yummmy... greek and indian food sure has lot of similarities! this is similar to our samosas or navries..

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  6. Ah kalitsounia. . . so delicious.

    Have to pop round for one or two one day.

    Very good photos as usual Maria.

    Ray

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  7. Maria, you just posted something I can nooooot resist...
    yes, no one says no to kalitsounia!
    we have the similar food here, called 'Shaobing'!

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  8. they sound absolutely delicious

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  9. Kalitsounia remind me of the empanadas I had while in Belize

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  10. We say YES to Kalitsounia! Στα καλιτσούνια λέμε ΝΑΙ!

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  11. You whet my appetite!
    I keep some baked in my freezer. I think I'm going to unfreeze them!

    "K" was your letter Kiwi (and not only for the kalitsounia but also for your name)!!!

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  12. I never say no to Kalitsounia. I love their taste. I wish i had some right now.

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  13. One thing the UK has is blandd food. Tis looks entirely the opposite, very apetizing.

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  14. Hundreds in the freezer? They look SO yummy, and to pull out and eat any time is perfect!

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