H i guys! With the summer hopefully in full swing and holidays on the horizon, what better time to give you a handful of recipes that embrace the beautiful Mediterranean country of Greece. I’ve been several times and it’s an incredible part of the world. The people are so friendly and the food is insanely good — think grilled meats and simply cooked fish, beautifully slow-cooked, comforting stews that just melt in your mouth and amazing veg.
What I love about the Greeks is that they’re great at using every type of ingredient, from beans and greens to meat and feta cheese, and turning them into the most extraordinary dishes. This week, I’ve teamed up with Greece aficionado and wonderful editor of Jamie magazine Andy Harris, to share some recipes that’ll give you a little taste of the Greek sunshine.
First up, we’ve got this gorgeous mackerel plaki. Mackerel is so delicious and versatile that I love cooking it. Plaki means ‘baked’ in Greek and this is done to perfection with white wine, lemon juice and garlic to really make it sing. Fassoulada is a type of bean soup and a great comfort food that’s easy to knock up and leave ticking away on the stove for a heart-warming supper — serve it with crusty bread to mop up the juices.
Next, pork and prunes are an absolute kick-ass combo in this stew — it’s sticky, sweet and savoury all in one go. Slow-cooking the meat means it’ll fall off the bone while the prunes are like little sweet bombs that create an incredible extra dimension. Finally for something to kick-start you in the mornings, try this frappé to really refresh you, Greek-style!