The only thing better than a warm spring day in Greece, is enjoying a cold beer and a plateful of ouzeri mezedes by the sea. Growing up in the land locked mountains of Canada I had never had the culture or capacity to enjoy a massive platter of seafood, much less actually get it down. What made this particular day even more special was the fact that it was my anniversary and I could enjoy the day with my wife. If one day I ever had to leave this remarkable country, it would be the small moments like this that I would miss the most. So before I get too nostalgic and make myself cry or something girlie like that, I will explain what is on the platter so you too can salivate like I did.
So from the top left in the the small bowls we have:
- A really fresh yogurt dip with mint.
- Marinated octopus.
- Tirokaftiri. (My favourite spread. A mixture of soft cheese and hot peppers).
- Skordalia. (A killer garlic and potato spread. Vampires beware)
Next row from the left:
- Bakaliaros. (Salt cod)
- Tucked in behind we have a couple of Kolokithokeftedes (Zucchini fritters)
- In front of the fritters we have a couple of crab croquettes (with the claw as the handle)
In the front row:
- On the left we have a large pile of fried squid.
- And to the right we have a collection of small fried sardines and anchovies.
- And to round it all off, every Ouzeri platter has wedges of juicy tomato and slices of crisp cucumber.