Wow, eating and cooking Mediterranean was fun! It was a little complicated because of the number of dishes, but the prep was relatively quick and easy. The best dish we ate was a delicious Sicilian-style grilled squid, which, unfortunately, we didn’t photograph. Our favorites are listed here:
I drastically reduced the amount of olive oil in this recipe. The intro to the recipe explains that this is quite authentic and one of the Turkish “olive oil foods,” but I just couldn’t do it. I also found that I had to use quite a bit more water to get my beans softened, but it was still very flavorful.
I used my pole beans instead of favas, and therefore did not cook them nearly as long as the recipe called for.
I probably could have rinsed the salt off this more thoroughly, but the salt was not entirely unwelcome in the final dish.
So this was a little fussy, but it was quick and easy and fun. I used zucchini for the cups instead of cucumber. If you’re not a “fishy” person, then this is one to avoid. But if you love anchovies, as I happen to, this is a tasty morsel!