Discover the Flavors of Cyprus: Kolokasi Taro with Pork Recipe at Elephant House

Discover the Flavors of Cyprus: Kolokasi Taro with Pork Recipe at Elephant House with Freddie Al-Hajj

Welcome to Elephant House, Limassol’s premier event venue, where food and culture come together in a delightful celebration. This week, we had the pleasure of hosting a unique culinary experience with renowned chefs Dimitra and Michalis, alongside the talented California-based musician, Freddie Al-Hajj, who is originally from Cyprus. This special event was a beautiful blend of culinary artistry and musical enchantment, showcasing the rich heritage of Cypriot cuisine.

A Culinary and Cultural Extravaganza

At Elephant House, we believe that food is more than just sustenance; it’s a gateway to understanding and appreciating different cultures. Our latest event exemplified this philosophy perfectly. Chefs Dimitra and Michalis, both celebrated for their mastery of Cypriot cuisine, took center stage to share their expertise and passion for traditional cooking. Their presence brought an authentic touch to the evening, as they guided attendees through the intricate process of preparing Kolokasi (Taro) with Pork, a beloved dish that holds a special place in Cypriot hearts.

An Evening with Freddie Al-Hajj

Adding a unique dimension to the event was Freddie Al-Hajj, a gifted musician who seamlessly blends his Californian influences with his Cypriot roots. Freddie’s music provided a soulful backdrop to the cooking demonstration, enhancing the overall experience and creating an atmosphere of warmth and community. His connection to Cyprus and his passion for its culture shone through his performance, making the evening even more memorable.

A Taste of Tradition: Kolokasi with Pork

Kolokasi, also known as Taro, is a staple in Cypriot cuisine. This hearty dish combines tender pork with the distinct flavor of taro, simmered to perfection with tomatoes and aromatic celery. Here’s how you can make this delicious dish at home.

Ingredients

  • Kolokasi Taro: 2 large pieces, preferably with a round nose
  • Pork Meat: Boneless neck cuts
  • Celery: 2 cups, chopped leaves and stalks
  • Onions: 2, finely chopped
  • Tomatoes: 1 can of chopped tomatoes and 1 cup of fresh tomato sauce
  • Lemon Juice: Freshly squeezed
  • Seasonings: Salt and pepper to taste
  • Vegetable Oil: For frying the kolokasi
Kolokasi Taro

Cooking Instructions

Step 1: Preparing the Ingredients

  • Kolokasi: Peel and cut into large chunks.
  • Pork: Cut into bite-sized pieces.
  • Celery and Onions: Chop finely.
  • Tomatoes: Prepare the tomato sauce and chopped tomatoes.

Step 2: Frying the Kolokasi

  1. Heat vegetable oil in a large frying pan.
  2. Fry kolokasi chunks until golden brown.
  3. Drain on paper towels to remove excess oil.

Step 3: Cooking the Pork

  1. Heat a small amount of vegetable oil in a large pot.
  2. Cook chopped onions until translucent.
  3. Add pork pieces and brown on all sides.
  4. Add chopped celery and stir well.

Step 4: Combining Ingredients

  1. Add fried kolokasi to the pot.
  2. Pour in chopped tomatoes and fresh tomato sauce.
  3. Add water to cover ingredients and bring to a boil.
  4. Reduce heat and simmer for 45 minutes to an hour until pork is tender.

Step 5: Final Touches

  1. Add lemon juice to taste.
  2. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Let the dish rest for a few minutes before serving.

Serving Suggestions

Kolokasi with Pork is best enjoyed hot, accompanied by fresh bread or a simple green salad. It’s a comforting meal perfect for sharing with family and friends.

Event Highlights

  • Chefs Dimitra and Michalis shared their expert knowledge and culinary secrets.
  • Freddie Al-Hajj added a cultural flair with his musical performance.
  • The event celebrated Cypriot cuisine and traditions, highlighting local ingredients and cooking methods.

Join the Conversation

We had an incredible time learning and sharing this wonderful recipe, and we want you to join in! Check out the video of the event on our YouTube channel to see the full cooking demonstration and enjoy Freddie Al-Hajj’s musical talents.

Connect with Us

Use the following hashtags to share your experiences and connect with others who love Cypriot cuisine:

  • #TheHajj
  • #ElephantCatering
  • #ElephantHouse
  • #BobStavrou
  • #FreedieAlHajj
  • #CookingwithGreekPeople
  • #Kolokasi
  • #Taro

Conclusion

Elephant House is more than just a venue; it’s a place where culinary traditions and cultural expressions come alive. Join us for our next event and discover the rich flavors and vibrant culture of Cyprus. Until then, happy cooking!

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