While we were living in Greece, I remember my uncle Kosta hunting in October and November and bringing back various small birds, and my aunt Smaroula would prepare them and serve them at family gatherings. I neither hunt nor know how to find game poultry so the next best thing that reminds me of these childhood memories are Cornish hens since they are so small. They taste exactly like chicken; in fact, they are chickens, but just a different breed than those 3 and 4-pound chickens you find in the grocery store in America. I lived in Greece, Kuwait, UAE, and Saudi Arabia and the breed of chickens there were in the 1.5 to 2-pound area; in other words, you had the choice of buying 800 grams, 1000 grams (1 kilo), or 1200 grams of chicken, depending on what you were cooking. I remember the boneless skinless chicken breast would fit in the size of my palm; instead of the monstrosity of chicken breasts in the US that you can cut into 4 small filets. I hope it’s the breed and not the hormones that make the American chickens so huge!
I like baking and roasting in the traditional Greek round pans we are widely used throughout Greece. I don’t remember my mother ever having square pans in Greece; from cakes to roasts to casseroles, she would use the round pans. I always bring several pans back from Greece as I love the round pans more than the square baking pans.