Today is 'Kathara Deftera' (Green or Clean Monday) also called "Ta Koulouma" It marks the end of Apokries (Carnival) and the first day of Lent So for many people fasting starts today for the next 40 days up to Easter Day on April 20th. Traditionally no meat, eggs or dairy products are consumed. I only avoid meat during this time of year and fast during the Holy Week. Green Monday is a Bank Holiday in Greece and Cyprus and is also seen as the start of springtime. it is celebrated with kite flying and an outing to the countryside, the beach or the mountains where the Greeks enjoy a Lenten picnic consisting of all sorts of vegetables, pulses and greens, grilled octopus, cuttlefish, prawns, mussels and calamari and the traditional "lagana", a special kind of bread for Green Monday. Here's how to make your own taramosalata served with king prawns.
Taramosalata - Fish-Roe Salad
for 5-6 servings
1 kilo (2 lbs 4 oz) peeled potatoes
300 gr fish-roe
1/2 teacup olive oil
the juice of two lemons
1 small onion finely chopped or grated
a few black olives (optional)
1. Boil and drain the potatoes.
2. When they are cold enough to handle peel them and mash them in the food processor.
3. While the food processor is working add the fish-roe,the grated onion and blend the ingredients for about 10 minutes gradually adding the olive oil and lemon juice altarnatively.
4. Decorate with some black olives, if you like, and serve the taramolasalata as a dip with starters and hot pita bread or lagana.
King Prawns in Olive Oil and Lemon Juice Sauce
- 8 king prawns
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- fresh lemon juice to taste
- black and white sea salt to taste
- pink pepper
- Boil the king prawns in salted water till they turn pink.
- Keep boiling over low heat for 5 minutes.
- In a shaker mix the olive oil and the lemon juice with some freshly ground pink pepper.
- Peel the prawns while still warm and serve with the olive oil and lemon juice sauce.