Here I am with the first ever Digital Scullery video in English. Cheers to all the friends of the Greek blog for the idea, by the way if people hate the video I’m blaming you 😉
I honestly thought about doing the Greek accent but I sound so fake that I just stuck to my own. So no funnies there I think. Anyway.
In this first ever Digital Scullery video in English the only classic recipe from modern Greece I could think of was the Frappé coffee – beloved in Greece. The actual phrase “drinking Frappé ” in Greek has become sort of like a cultural symbol. Depending on the context it could mean that you’re just chilling or – in some cases – that you are just lazying about.
So, on to some history. Frappé literally means shaken. It’s a way of preparing instant coffee. The legend goes that in 1957, at the Thessaloniki International Trade Fair, Dimitrios Vakondios, a Nestle employee wanted to make a hot cuppa with their Nescafé instant coffee. He couldn’t find hot water so he used some cold water in a shaker. The rest – as they say – is history.
And here is the little video of how to make it.
Most of my British friends who have travelled to Greece and tasted Frappé loved it so I’m always asked how you make it. Plus I do my bit in promoting it during the summer as I make it in the office. People are amazed with the nice foam on top. By the way. In Greece you don’t eat the foam. It’s not cappuccino, get a grip (and btw you should not be eating the capuccino foam either, it’s there to be slowly incorporated in the coffee). The Greek way of drinking Frappé is basically to stir it from time to time with the straw, sitting cross legged, possibly gossiping a bit. As Greeks we can keep this up for hours on end.
INGREDIENTS (for 3/4 or 1 pint glass)
- 2 teaspoons of instant coffee (not the expensive variety with the hard little nuggets. you need the normal stuff that easily dissolves in cold water)
- sugar to taste – you can do it with no sugar at all. one teaspoon is close to bitter, two is medium, three is sweet. Don’t add sugar at the end (beats the purpose of the foam)
- milk to taste – after you’ve shaken it.
- cold water
- ice cubes