Costa The Greek
Got sent this by a pal, Beau. Fucking horrific recipe from Greece:
Stuffed Pigeon / Peristeria Gemista
“This Macedonian recipe makes an elaborate holiday meal. The sweet stuffing is really great.
4 whole pigeons, cleaned
chopped pigeon livers – if you’re able to reserve them
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup Greek Kefalotiri, in small chunks
1/2 cup rice
1/4 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped
1/4 cup raisins
1 small onion, chopped
salt & pepper
Par boil the rice in salt water for 10 minutes and drain. In a skillet, heat the butter and fry the onions with the livers. Add the rice, salt & pepper, walnuts, raisins, and cheese. Toss it all together, mixing well”
Four whole fucking pigeons needed. Jesus. No wonder there’s so many over here – like this one:
Name’s Costa The Greek. Refugee pigeon from Greece who legged it from the 2004 pigeon cull. I had a chat to him about the recipe and, apparently, when whatever chef came up with it – clearly with some serious anti-pigeon issues – the whole of Greece went mental for the pigeon. Chased them everywhere. I asked him about the: ‘if you’re able to reserve the livers’ bit… he reckons it’s coz some of the pigeons over there carry round liver donor cards. Think that’s bollocks tho.
Costa managed to get away on a passenger ferry to Turkey, that’s where he met a dude called Harry – also doing a runner:
Here he is with Harry.
They totally lived it up in Turkey – sunshine, beaches and all the falafel they wanted – till the recipe got over there. What made it worse was some greedy fat fuck restaurant owner decided to make pies out of it, and increased the number of pigeons to six. Totally shit.
Anyway, all cool coz Costa and Harry escaped that one by getting the train up through Europe and a ferry across the Channel. That’s how they ended up here.
Don’t often see them down the Square – don’t speak much English. Normally they hang out in Hampstead. Live in Jonathan Ross’s garden apparently – think that might be bollocks too tho.