Veganuary 2021 – Awesome Aubergines

For anyone trying to do Veganuary, or maybe just trying to have more meat-free meals, aubergines are really useful. They offer a really substantial texture to plant-based dishes. They can be dressed up with a sauce, or chopped up and fried they are the basis for things like the classic pasta ‘Alla Norma‘. There are…

Recipes for Love – A Moment To Reflect

So 2020 has finally taken itself off; shuffling away belligerently in its slippers and scruffy tracky bottoms… Only to be replaced by 2021; seemingly a nastier, more insidious version of itself.  We are all braced for more rules and regulations. Back in March 2020, for those of us fortunate enough to avoid any of the…

‘Eat-It-All’ Courgettes – Kolokithokorfádes

As ridiculous as it sounds, I can safely say that I didn’t meet a courgette until 1975. Growing up in the 1960s, I cannot think of an occasion when one appeared on the dinner table or was even mooted as a veg option. There were vegetable marrows, of course. They were usually the size of…

‘Under The Olive Tree’ with Irini Tzortzoglou

For those of us who are hobby cooks, or even food-bloggers, there is a shiny alternative reality where, in one blinding moment, we have both won Masterchef and our freshly published cookbook lies on the kitchen table. For Irini Tzortzoglou that parallel universe has become the one she lives in, and there are few people…

Golden Balls – Loukoumades

Obviously, that last post was quite a bit more than ‘tongue in cheek’! As you can probably guess, I’m really looking forward to eating something someone else has cooked as soon as possible. As (despite requests) Kouzina Karantina won’t be offering a ‘take out’ service anytime soon, I reckoned I owed a recipe, and this…

Lockdown Lowdown – Where to eat?

Call me boring if you want, but somehow I seem to be homing in on one very local eatery recently. To be honest, further afield, there were only one or two standout meals right at the beginning of the year. There was a terrific pizza experience in Paris, in January. At Il Brigante, in the…

Home Victories – A Wartime Recipe

May 9th, 2019 saw the Better Half and I arrive in St Petersburg. It had been a longed-for trip and a birthday treat for me. Having been weirdly obsessed since teenage years with ‘Dr. Zhivago’ and ‘War and Peace’, this was the trip of a lifetime. Unwittingly, the fates and BA flight prices had conspired…

Recipe for theft – Kleftiko

I think it’s well-established by now that an incredible amount of words in the English language are actually Greek. There are all those school subjects like geography and history (yes.. history). Then there are the ones that we don’t know that we know …wine, for example, and surgery. And of course, there are all the…

Easter 2020 – Fragrant Rice With Pine Nuts – Yemisi

When English is your mother tongue, you never quite realise how tricky words like ‘in’, ‘on’, ‘to’ or ‘at’ can be. It seems so obvious, but it is actually a real minefield. In Greek there’s only one, and as a result, it does all get rather lost in translation, so to speak. Do you sit…