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Split pea soup with sínglino (Greek smoked pork flavored with sage and orange)

We’re in the heart of winter, which means it’s the appropriate time for soups made with legumes. As we’ve mentioned before, legumes play a dominant role in Greek cuisine. The most usual way to cook legumes in Greece is to make soups.

Today we’ve got a lovely, smooth split pea soup and we are going to serve it with sautéed cubes of sínglino, an extremely delicious charcuterie from Lakonia, in the SE parts of the Peloponnese region. Sínglino is smoked pork, flavoured with sage and orange and conserved with additional pork fat. Unique in flavor, hard to find, but totally worth it!

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Greek chicken soup (Avgolémono)

There’s no better winter comfort food than soup. And when it comes to soup the first one that comes in mind is chicken soup. Why? Perhaps it’s because our mother would always make chicken soup when we were young. It brings back memories and warmth. Both sentimental and corporal warmth.

 

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Granny’s Greek lentil soup

One of the main characteristics of Greek cuisine is the abundant presence and use of  legumes with beans, lentils, chickpeas, fava  beans and broad beans being  the most common ones. Greeks eat legumes at least once a week , mainly in the form of a soup. But we also find them baked, mashed or in salads as a main ingredient.  Today we’ ve got an all time favourite , which is considered  as  a staple of our cuisine.  Greek kids love it, and believe it or not it’s hard to find one who’d say ‘’no’’ to a bowl of lentil soup, especially if it’s made by their dear granny!  (Actually it’s even harder  to say ‘’no’’ to a Greek granny!).  It seems that our dearest sweet  grandmothers  know very well that lentils are a good source of iron, hence their insisting on cooking this soup for their grandchildren so often!

As such, Greek lentil soup is simple and easy to make.  To be honest, simplicity is the key ‘’ingredient’’ in Greek cuisine in general. But  what makes this soup extremely tasty is the final touch: a splash of good quality vinegar when finally cooked!

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