Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Greek Flavour a Treat; Tasty Egg-Based Soup Requires Electric Beater or Lots of Upper Arm Strength

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Greek Flavour a Treat; Tasty Egg-Based Soup Requires Electric Beater or Lots of Upper Arm Strength

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Shannon

Newley

shannon.newley@dailyexaminer.com.au

TRYING to beat eggs into semi-stiff peaks without an electric beater is a one way ticket to tear-town.

I should have learnt this while catering for a dinner party of four close friends a few years ago.

I had decided to invent a chai soufflA[c] for dessert. As if the pressure of cooking a dish I had never cooked before wasn't enough, when I went trawling for recipes, it seemed like few people had attempted the dish - so I was flying by the seat of my pants.

After minutes of beating and one dead arm, there were a few tears followed by kind words of encouragement from my guests and the eventual allocation of beating shifts until I got the consistency I needed.

And the soufflA[c]s were a success so that particular cooking crisis was averted.

That painful memory was brought back to me recently while I was whipping up a completely different dish - this Greek egg and lemon soup.

There is one similarity though - you need to beat the egg whites until they form peaks (though much softer than what is needed for a soufflA[c]).

Anyway, as I discovered, the house I recently moved into didn't have a hand-held electric beater and mine was still elsewhere.

I realised I would have to once again do the work with a whisk.

Maybe I was more mentally prepared this time around because I am pleased to report it didn't end in tears. Or maybe it's my gym workouts because it all seemed much easier.

I have been craving this classic Greek soup for about three years. I think about it often but for some reason never quite get to making it.

The last time I ate it, it was made for me by a work colleague using the old family recipe which, as you could probably guess, will never be disclosed.

This is a great recipe to whip up if you have landed yourself with a few lemons or if you are making some chicken stock for another recipe. …

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