All Messed Up – Tourlou Tourlou

Some while back there was an advert on Greek TV for a brand of feta cheese. It showed a traditional village home with a man eyeing up a tray of freshly cooked stuffed vegetables – he calls  out to his wife to see if he can have some. A rather old-fashioned, elderly lady comes into…

Not Woke – Just Fasting. Cheat’s Chickpeas – Revithátha Efkoli

Apologies, just in case anyone has noticed, for my almost Trappist silence over the last few months. It’s not because I have lost interest in blogging, simply I have spent the second half of 2018 ‘on the move’. Kouzina was, for most of that time, literally without a kouzina (it’s Greek for kitchen). It’s all…

Blog-Pod – Arakás me Patátes – Braised Peas With Potatoes

  In Greece, a country where vegetable recipes rule supreme, you rarely hear food described as  ‘vegetarian’.   The naming of someone as a hortofágos (vegetarian) is a relatively modern phenomenon, despite the fact that traditionally Greeks, especially in villages and islands, ate very little meat. Regular meat-eating came with growing urbanisation and relative affluence. But explaining…

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…

Greek Food Myths No. 1 There’s no such thing as hummus!

There are a few ‘Greek food myths’ that really drive me crackers and the first one is hummus. Obviously, when I say ‘There’s no such thing as hummus’,a trip to any supermarket in the U.K. will expose this statement as a nonsense – of course hummus really exists! It just doesn’t exist in Greek cuisine….

A Last Taste of Summer Ambelofásoula

  It is a mystery to me that one of the most glorious of Greek summer vegetables seems not to have travelled outside the Aegean and, as far as I can ascertain, is unknown in the rest of Europe. It is a delicacy,usually in season from July through to September, which for me surpasses any…

Rising Against Risotto Part 2 – Kolokithórizo – Courgette Rice

  This is another of the wonderful vegetable-rice dishes. A simple but delicious mixture of courgettes, tomatoes and rice, It is popular in the island of Kithnos. I have adapted the recipe from the excellent book ‘The Fragarant Quince’  (Το Μυριστικό Κυδώνι) by Yorgis Venetoulias. Courgette Rice Serves 4 3 -4 courgettes 150 ml olive oil…

Rising Against Risotto – Spanakórizo and more

It has seemed to me for a while, that the arrival on the world’s dinner tables of Italian risotto has been an uncontested battle. Don’t get me wrong – I do love risotto. The creamy consistency, the still ‘al dente‘ grains of arborio or carnaroli rice, the wonderful intensity of flavour; and there is something…

‘Fainting Imam’ – Audacious Aubergines

There is a story the goes back to the days of the Ottoman Empire, that an Imam ( a kind of Muslim priest ) ate a wonderful dish of baked aubergines prepared for him by his wife, and immediately fainted – blown away by the amazing flavours. Another, slightly more cynical, ending to the story…