Remembering ‘How To Eat’. Siege Soup

Is it just me, or is there something really odd about watching Masterchef at the moment? Don’t get me wrong – it’s a very welcome escape at this time of crisis… but in our ‘new reality’, it does all seem a bit ‘2019’. For starters (no pun intended) there’s an awful lot of hand-shaking and…

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…

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…

November Salad Days – Horiátiki Saláta Greek Salad

  In much the same way as last year, November has found us in Athens again. After a few days of dappled, grey skies, the weather has reverted to type – the sky the deep azure of the Aegean, with a warmth reminiscent of late spring rather than early winter. Feeling blessed by this winter…

Benaki Museum Eats – Black Eye Beans with Chard

It is probably true to say that eating in museum or gallery cafés is, on the whole, a disappointment. At best, it can be glorified canteen food and at worst, it can be really bad canteen food. Things have improved in recent years, but it is hard to produce fresh, interesting food on that kind…

The Everyman Dish as Fusion Food – Fasoláda and Co

Every country has a foodstuff that is so popular that it becomes something close to a national dish. I suppose in Britain, or England at least, it would be fish and chips – although I have heard that Chicken Tikka Masala is gaining in the popularity stakes. America has the hamburger, Italy has pasta, Turkey,…

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….