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#InTheLoop | Beloved Greek granny shares recipe for the best Octopus stew
There’s nothing like a secret family recipe…and there’s nothing like spending quality time with abuelita.
Edible Queens, a periodical magazine covering the borough’s food scene, will present a live episode of the web series Cooking with Granny at the flagship COFFEED in Long Island City on Saturday, Aug. 11, at 2 pm.
Entitled “Yiayia’s Greek Octopus Stew Cooking & Storytelling,” the demonstration will be casual and interactive. Barbara Aliprantis, who was born on an island in the Aegean Sea and moved to the United States at age two, will share stories of family meals, Greek immigration, and Astoria while preparing a traditional dish that is braised in red wine and almost impossible to find in NYC restaurants.
Audience members will chat with Yiayia Barbara and handle the octopus, too. Once the fiery stew, a “stifado” in the original language, is ready, they will taste it and participate in a cookbook swap.
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Admission is $15. This COFFEED branch is located in the Standard Motors Building at 37-18 Northern Blvd.
The brainchild of video journalist Caroline Shih, Cooking with Granny features nine über-groovy grandmothers, each one from a distinct culture, including India, Puerto Rico, the Philippines, and Trinidad and Tobago. They chop, measure, sauté, and mix ingredients while sharing their life stories, grocery tips, and philosophies with Shih as the co-presenter.
Shih grew up in Flushing and spent countless hours making such delicacies as kimchi and acorn jelly with her grandmother, Sanok Kim, who had escaped North Korea. She loved the food and foraging, but she also loved the stories and family bonding. Shih started the web series by launching a Kickstarter campaign and asking people to nominate their beloved grandmothers in 2014.
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