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
2 lemons
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.

July 8, 2006. Uncategorized.


  1. Becci replied:

    Ugh. Poor guys. Glad to see they made it over to your area safely!

  2. Elf Mandinio replied:

    Oh my god, thats just wrong! Cooking pigeons! My boyfriend uncle is a chef and used to have game pie on the menu – code for pigeon pie! I boycotted the place. Evil evil man!

    Anyway, heres my tag for 20 things you hate about urself. Off you go!

  3. B The Cat replied:

    I’m told this is rather nice, only uses one pigeon breast. Obviously avoid using breasts from LA birds.
    Never made it myself as no use with a pan and now you are my comrades I shouldnt really be seen to endorse it, maybe a game of shit or miss on Mr AWT ??

    Warm potato salad with pigeon breast
    by Antony Worrall Thompson

    110g/4oz new potatoes, cut in half
    For the dressing
    2 tsp Dijon mustard
    handful chives, chopped
    handful parsley, chopped
    1 shallot, finely diced
    2 tbsp olive oil
    freshly ground black pepper
    1 pigeon breast
    2 tbsp oil

    1. Boil the potatoes until tender in salted water.
    2. Drain thoroughly and return to the pan.
    3. Add all the dressing ingredients and toss through the potatoes.
    4. Pan fry the pigeon breast in the oil for 1-2 minutes on each side.
    5. Rest it for 4-5 minutes then slice on an angle.
    6. Serve with the warm potato salad.

  4. RoooRoooo replied:

    I hear they make pie out of cats now ; well done if you ask me!

  5. pigeonblog replied:

    Becci: Yeah. They’ve been through it alright.
    Your pal Bri P

    Elf Mandinio: Always wondered what game pie was. Used to think it meant it was referring to some kinda guess the insides of the pie competition…
    Your pal Bri

    B The Cat: Jesus. Not another one… Shit or miss on AWT is a top idea. Can’t believe he just wants the breast too. Fucking perv if you ask me…
    Your pal Bri P

    RoooRoooo: Don’t worry – B The Cat’s cool – about the only cat I’d ever talk to I tell ya!
    Your pal Bri

  6. Anonymous replied:

    We have a real life Costa the GG Greedy Greek nicked name the seagull. He is a the one and only Greedy the Greek Pegion who loves to eat Hoooootttt chips and does the Zorba.
    We would like for you to add him to your recipe he tastes fantastic. Greeeeeddddyyyygreeeeeddddy eeeeekkkkkkk

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