Last week was Girl Scout Thinking Day-- a day for Girl Scouts to learn about other countries and cultures around the world. My GS troop had been learning about Greece and even prepared a dance to show at the Tuesday evening celebration with other troops. Another condition of the get together was that each troop was supposed to bring a food from their chosen country. Having limited knowledge of Greek cuisine, I did some perusing of the internet and found recipes. Nothing looked promising. They eat a lot of lamb, but I've never seen that at my local grocery store. They also like seafood-- not likely a crowd pleaser among kids. Olive Oil-- um, right. I found several cookie recipes, but they all either had alcohol in them, or some ingredient (that no doubt made them uniquely Greek) that I had never heard of. Then I saw baklava. I always thought baklava was Russian, but, I found myself assured that it was indeed Greek, so I decided to bring that. It would have been nice to just buy it ready made from my local bakery, but at $1.25 each, that wasn't going to happen for a service unit-wide meeting. So, I decided to make it.
Rolling it up. Ahsha's the one you want to see anyway, right?The finished product looked more like crumbly hamburger pinwheels to me than a decadent dessert, but it sure tasted good!
The recipe said '20 minutes prep, 40 minutes bake'. Of course the recipe assumes that your walnuts and almonds will already be coarsely ground. It also directs you to layer the phyllo dough flat in a pan, instead of rolling it as I did for easy individual servings. It also assumes you will think a single recipe of syrup will be sufficient. It isn't. Baklava needs to be drenched, in my opinion. So, after 3 hours of cooking, we headed off for a fun night of learning dances and sampling foods from the U.S., Holland, Japan, and Greece. And I only got pictures of the Baklava. That's what happens when you bring your hyper, inquisitive, two-year-old and end up having to chase her the entire evening.
I found out after the fact they the Service Unit is going to reimburse me for the cost of the Baklava. Definitely going to purchase it ready made next time!
And what was my 4 year-old doing while Ahsha and I were conjuring up the goodness? Having a good 'ol time with the camera, of course. His Transformers were in full force and ready for battle.
Barricade crashes in, hurting Blue Bumblebee. But Optimus has his revenge and leaves Barricade in pieces.