Financial Mirror (Cyprus) - - FRONT PAGE - FOOD, DRINK and OTHER MAT­TERS with Pa­trick Skin­ner

To quote its own blurbs, “is ‘the lead­ing Greek Cypriot news­pa­per pub­lished in Lon­don which serves the Greek and Greek Cypriot com­mu­ni­ties in ex­cess of 300,000 peo­ple’. This month it ran a story about a Greek Cypriot cou­ple who re­cently opened a res­tau­rant fea­tur­ing Cyprus cook­ing in a town called Chan­dler in the State of Ari­zona, U.S.A. I ex­tract a cou­ple of para­graphs, for your in­ter­est, and have marked in bold a cou­ple of fas­ci­nat­ing er­rors. Bear in mind this is pub­lished in Lon­don! It sur­prises me to see the fairly com­mon er­ror en­coun­tered on Cyprus menus – “Lamp” in­stead of “Lamb” – in this con­text.

We all know them. It’s usu­ally a man. He proudly tells of “how much he drank last night/at the week­end/at a party, or what­ever”. He does this as if it is an achieve­ment to get le­g­less. One in my ken is of a cer­tain age, so he has to have a med­i­cal check-up ev­ery now and then. Firstly, for some days be­fore his ap­point­ment with the doc­tor he doesn’t drink in the belief that his blood pres­sure will be lower at the check-up. And then when the medic asks him how much he drinks he greatly un­der­states his in­take. This man is in­tel­li­gent. He knows he is prob­a­bly short­en­ing his life, but more im­por­tant that he stands a good chance of scram­bling his brains and be­com­ing an old bur­den to fam­ily or car­ers. One won­ders why on earth he tries to de­ceive; him­self and oth­ers. More and more ev­i­dence is ac­cru­ing that a reg­u­lar

in­take of al­co­hol does you no harm and in some cases ac­tu­ally does you good. Red wine has many good re­ports, a num­ber con­clud­ing that it can ac­tu­ally re­duce the risk of lung can­cer. It is al­ready known as an in­hibitor of prostate can­cer, heart dis­ease and blood pres­sure,

And these would seem to be be­tween 2 and 4 glasses a day, ac­cord­ing to your body-weight. So for a cou­ple, a pleas­ant bot­tle of wine with the evening meal is prob­a­bly ac­tu­ally as­sist­ing your health.

If you ad­here to a reg­u­lar half bot­tle, it’s OK; what you have to avoid is not drink­ing for six days and then tak­ing three and a half bot­tles on board. what a su­per­star veg­e­tar­ian fam­ily pre­pare for them­selves and their friends. Mary’s dad’s Mar­garita recipe makes an ap­pear­ance here in the Mex­i­can Food chap­ter and one can al­most see Macca giv­ing this in­clu­sion his fa­mous ‘thumbs up’ salute, and mine as well.

This is a good en­try-level book for the new or in­tend­ing veg­e­tar­ian, much along the lines of Si­mon Rim­mer’s Amer­i­can, Mid­dle Eastern, Par­ties and Feasts get their own sec­tions. The recipes are light, fun and un­com­pli­cated. I have tried sev­eral, in­clud­ing and

Both turned out well, with in­gre­di­ents that most vege­tar­i­ans would have to hand. I thought the rec­om­mended sea­son­ing was a tad heavy, but this is per­sonal any­way, and one can ad­just to one’s own taste. The chap­ter de­voted to sand­wiches is ex­cel­lent and rem­i­nis­cent of the won­der­ful

book. And when McCart­ney pitches to the younger mar­ket she gets it spot on, take the recipe for for ex­am­ple.

So, here is a nicely turned out, non-heavy­weight cook­book, if you want to try some veg­gie recipes for your­self or friends, or to in­spire you to eat less meat. It’s a suit­able gift, too, for a young, as­pir­ing veg­e­tar­ian cook.

A car­ni­vore friend of mine on leaf­ing through this book de­clared they’d like in their col­lec­tion. A big (Macca) ‘thumbs up’ it is then.

This Week’s Recipe… a de­li­cious veg­e­tar­ian starter

it def­i­nitely one that

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