As you’d expect, one my favourite things to do while on holiday, is eat. I love discovering new flavours and photographing dishes to be recreated back in my own home kitchen.
Greek cuisine is full of the flavours I enjoy; succulent grilled meats, garlicky tzatziki, juicy tomatoes, and they make the best fries (chips to you and I) in Greece.
Here are some of the dishes I ate, I hope they provide you with inspiration as they have done for me.
It’s not often a mere dip can form a central part of a meal, but a good tzatziki has the presence to do that. This one was strong on the garlic and had finely shredded cucumber right through it. I can eat this almost fondue style with a heap of pitta, little paprika roasted potatoes and crudités.
Squeaky cheese! Otherwise known as halloumi to the grown ups among us. This dish demonstrated how something can be served simply, and be just perfect. Serve with rocket and a squeeze of lemon, and if you can find a view like this, then all the better.
One of my favourite dishes, the Caprese salad is served with a pesto here. I’ve recreated this at home chopping baby tomatoes finely with garlic and Maldon sea salt, adding mozzarella pearls, a few fresh basil leaves, and a balsamic reduction drizzle. Heap onto homemade sourdough crostini or into flatbreads with some charcuterie for a delicious lunch in the sun.
One of the joys of being away is someone to make breakfast for you. I returned home inspired to make more time to enjoy freshly prepared, simple food.
And on the weekend….something special. My favourite weekend breakfast treat, French toast, bacon and maple syrup.
A perfect moment, Ferrero Rocher ice cream on a beach in the Greek Riviera. Who even knew there was a Greek Riviera?! We do now and it’s one of the best kept secrets, so please don’t tell anyone. I’ve done my homework and I believe this can be recreated, if you head to S Luca on the right day they do a Ferrero Rocher ice cream. I’ve been filling the gap with the less glamorous, but almost as tasty, cookie ice cream sandwiches from Ben & Jerry’s. Holiday blues, what holiday blues?
As the sun set on our beach, I knew I would return to this perfect little peninsula just a few miles from Athens, and that Ferrero Rocher ice cream wouldn’t be the last one I’d eat.