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Grassfed beef  with borlotti beans

Grassfed beef with borlotti beans

It’s funny how borlotti or cranberry beans also have two names in Greek: chandres (beads) or barbounia (red mullet, yes really). They are so beautiful that I almost feel sad when I see them lose their color cooked. Their slightly sweet and hearty tasty, quickly…

Zucchini e fiori risotto

Zucchini e fiori risotto

I love spring and all the variety and freshness it brings. One walk through the Farmer’s market and there is just such an incredible choice of produce. You just need to be extra careful and cook it while it is super fresh. I mean winter…

“Revithokeftedes” chickpea patties

“Revithokeftedes” chickpea patties

The island of Sifnos is known for it’s “revithada” a chickpea stew slowly baked in a clay pot overnight with just the pulses, onions and a little olive oil. The resulting dish is so good, it has earned a permanent place on Sunday’s family table throughout the island. The next couple of days see the leftovers reinvented in starters or sides such as “revithorizo” chickpea rice or “refithokeftedes” chickpea patties, the Greek equivalent of the well known falafel.

If you don’t happen to have some leftover revithada around, you can easily recreate the effect by gently simmering a grated onion and 2 drained cans of chickpeas in some seasoned water for about 20 minutes.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups of stewed chickpeas, well drained
  • 2-3 spring onions, finely chopped
  • 1 cup of mint or dill, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp of oregano
  • generous salt and pepper
  • 0.5 cup rice flour plus extra for dredging
  • olive oil for frying

Grind the cooked chickpeas in the food processor until you have a paste. If the paste is not forming you may need to add 2-3 tbsps of water to help the processor along. Mix in the spring onions, herbs, rice flour and season well. Form small round and flat patties, pass through the rice flour and shake off the excess. Meanwhile, heat the oil well in a deep frying pan and fry the patties for 2-3 minutes per side.

Serve with yogurt or tzatziki or taramosalata.

Fast Mussel Spaghetti

Fast Mussel Spaghetti

The best seafood is fresh! Agreed, but come Tuesday afternoon, counting down the minutes, the seconds until dinner time, the best seafood fast and readily available. So fresh shelled mussels in the refrigerator or in the freezer (if you have thawed them) is a delicious,…

Grilled Talagani with chutney

Grilled Talagani with chutney

The Talagani is a cheese closely related to the traditional Greek Mastelo, Formaella and mostly with the Cypriot Halloumi. It is produced exclusively from sheep’s and goat’s milk and, like its cousins, has a robust texture that allows you to grill it even straight over…

Salmon & purple broccoli tray bake

Salmon & purple broccoli tray bake

Fresh wild salmon is almost impossible to find in Greece. As most fish grow thinner in winter, frozen salmon fillets are a quick and reliable source of ω3 fats and are usually perfectly paired with winter broccoli. Purple broccoli is available at farmers’ markets from February to April. Sweeter and crunchier than its green cousin, it tastes amazing when roasted.

This is a perfect midweek recipe, taking less than 20′ from prep to table. Tray bakes are so easy and practical and can be very nutritious and full of flavor.

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 thumb-sized piece ginger, grated
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 2 tsp honey
  • 4 boneless skinless salmon fillets
  • 1 purple broccoli
  • 1 tbsp black sesame seeds, optional

Preheat the oven to 200 C. In a bowl, mix together the oil, soy sauce, ginger, garlic and honey. Cut the broccoli in half and then each half in 3 wedges. Line a tray with parchment paper and place the broccoli and salmon on it. Spoon over the glaze and season. Roast in the oven for 10-12 mins, then serve immediately. If preferred you can sprinkle over the black sesame seeds.

Penne with peppers and sausage

Penne with peppers and sausage

So fast and easy, with rich flavor and very appealing to children. If you serve it with broccoli, you will have the rainbow on your table…