World on a Plate: Greece

tzatziki - cucumber and greek yoghurt dip

Expedia are having a lot of fun on their blog this summer season as they eat their way around the world in a challenge called World on a Plate. They challenged me to come up with a Greek menu and of course I threw myself at it 100%. I LOVE Greece and would love to visit one day.

I did some research and came across all of my favourite Greek recipes but of course if you want to cook up some authentic Greek recipes you really should turn to your closest Greek friend.

My authority on all things Greek is Sarah Pylas who writes Grenglish and is in fact married to a wonderful Greek man. I discovered she’s preparing a recipe book with all of Yiayia’s favourite recipes which is due to be out this autumn.

‘What are you going to cook?’ She asked me.

‘Lamb kebabs and Tzatziki.’ I said, ‘and Spanakopita with a Greek salad. ‘And olives with feta cheese.’ my brain storming continued.

Sarah sent me over some recipes to have a go at and boy were they successful and simple to follow too. I shall definitely be keeping an eye out for her book!

barbecue

We were holding a family barbecue on the Saturday, a great catch up time and of course the perfect excuse to try out my new recipes on them.

Expedia sent me through a World on a Plate Box and in it I found Greek olive oil and Balsamic vinegar, feta cheese, Kefalotyri cheese, jars and jars of olives and sun dried tomatoes, chillis and capers. There was wine, delicious wine and barley too.

So how did my Greek menu go?

Well, I really loved the Tzatziki dip and the olives were delicious.

My Horiatiki salad (or Greek salad) to you and me was delicious only instead of adding the feta cheese to the top (as I’d run out) I substituted with the other Greek cheese sent through, Keftalotyri. It worked although Yiayia may not be impressed.

I really enjoyed making the Spanakopita, here it is open

spanakopita

And then covered and brushed with olive oil and margarine

Spanakopita

And then cooked and ready to eat.

spanakopita slice

And of course the kebabs which by the time I went to take a photo of them cooked (see image above) there was only one left! So I put my camera down and tucked in.

Lamb souvlaki kebabs

Thanks Expedia and thank you Sarah for Yiayia’s recipes, they went down a storm!

Of all the countries in the world which would you like to explore the culinary delights?

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6 Comments

  1. July 12, 2015 / 6:41 PM

    That looks absolutely delicious and what a fun challenge to get involved in x

  2. July 15, 2015 / 3:03 PM

    Looks wonderful! Thank you very much for supporting me and my food and I wish to see you sometime.

    • July 15, 2015 / 6:42 PM

      Oh Yiayia, if I come to see you I may never leave! I cannot wait to read your book now so please hurry up :)

  3. July 15, 2015 / 3:05 PM

    p.s. am with Yiayia now, the above is her comment.

    She says to also tell you that the other cheese you used in the salad is very good eaten with honey!

    • July 15, 2015 / 6:43 PM

      Ha ha! I’ve finished it all it was so good but I shall buy some more. I can believe that as in Italy there is a similar cheese also served with miele di castagno (chestnut honey) it’s really delicious.
      Thank you once again for all your help xx

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