Saturday, July 20, 2013

What to do with surplus vine leaves...

So, today I was chopping lumps off plants that had somehow become huge since I pruned them in the autumn. And there were a lot of nice big leaves on the vine that is twice the size of the other two put together, although they were all planted the same day. So I picked about 18 nice big ones.
Vine leaves, just picked
I blanched them with boiling water.
Vine leaves, blanched
I mixed some chopped shallot, Basmati rice, dried mint, dried Cretan oregano, lemon juice and extra virgin olive oil for the stuffing. With a bit of salt and freshly ground black pepper.
Rice stuffing
And began to stuff the leaves. Roll the near side over the rice, turn the sides in, and finish rolling. You'll soon get it.
Stuff those leaves
Pack them closely in a pan.
Dolmades in a pan
Cover them with water, and a bit of olive oil, and weigh them down. Bring to the boil, and simmer for about half an hour.
Boil them
Nice with some halloumi and a bit of a salad. Sorry about this picture; it was a bit dark in the dining room.
Dinner time
It's a hard life, and no mistake.

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