Myth, Memory and a Good Tomato Sauce

You know how it is, you’re flicking through an old recipe book, a piece of paper drops out and it’s like looking through a window into the past. There it was, stuffed into the back of my ‘Good Housekeeping Cookery Book’, a list of our favourites dishes. Just married, my husband, Mihalis, and I had…

Perasma, Kos – Greek cooking from field to plate

When you know a place like the back of your hand their is pleasure in revisiting the familiar –  slipping back into the known just like putting on a pair of comfy shoes. It’s easy is to swim at the usual beaches and eat at your favourite restaurants. Then, every once in a while, you…

Sweet Summer Spice – Kaneláda – Cinnamon Cordial

I am currently suffering from a very specific condition.  Fortunately, it is not life threatening – I’m sure that. externally I may even appear fit and healthy. Nonetheless,  the affliction continues and the cure that I am desperately in need of is a good, strong dose of Greece. In these last, flagging weeks of August has…

The Brightness of an Island Easter – Lambrópites – Easter Pies

Back in the distant days of the mid-1980s, I was fortunate enough to spend a few years living on the Greek island of Kos – one of the Dodecanese group of islands, in the eastern Aegean. It is now known as a major ‘package holiday’ destination, but back then the original character of the island…

Friendship and Flowers – Stuffed Courgette Flowers – Anthoús

  Yesterday I cooked stuffed courgette flowers – anthóus. Not an easy dish to make in England. It is hard to come by the perfect, golden, courgette blooms – unless you grow your own, or maybe have a tame allotment owner, ready to divest their prize vegetables of the flowers. The other day, though I…