Greek food is probably my favourite type of cuisine. It means a lot to me, having grown up in Cyprus, and I try to cook/bake it at home as much as possible. Here are a couple of my previous recipes, Lamb moussaka and Baklava.
I’ve previously reviewed The Real Greek, a chain of Greek restaurants around the London area and really enjoyed it – anything for a little taste of home. And I was just sent their brand new cook book!
It has been put together with Tonia Buxton, a chef who the team at The Real Greek have been collaborating with in their restaurants for some time now. In an interview on their blog, when asked how the cookbook came together, Tonia said:
“we started out on getting the recipes down to a more manageable level for the home (2-4-6 servings). We also asked a few of our key staff to look back into their family recipes that have been passed down generation to generation in their family and share their finding with us/you. There are some great dishes in there that you won’t find anywhere else.”
And it sounds as though authenticity is key:
“We flew to Athens to capture the real Greek side of like that encompasses everything we do in London. While we were shooting in Athens we really wanted to show the ‘kefi’ & ‘filoxenia’ of Greece is exactly what you get at The Real Greek.”
And coincidentally, I was also sent a DVD copy of My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2. Funnily enough, I referred to the original film in my review of The Real Greek. I adored My Big Fat Greek Wedding and I regularly pop it on at the weekend for a feel-good film fix. I was gutted I didn’t have the time to go and see the sequel when it was at the cinema, but I could finally watch it at home – and it certainly didn’t disappoint! If you haven’t heard of it (where have you been?!) here’s the trailer:
Now do you fancy some free baklava?!
The film will be available to download this month and to buy on DVD from 1st August, and to coincide with this, there will be free baklava in all The Real Greek restaurants for anyone who mentions a special code word while ordering their meal from 1st – 7th August 2016.
Simply like the official ‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2’ Facebook page to access the code word, and then mention it to waiting staff to tuck into your free sweet pastry dish. Throughout the month of August, baklava will also be half price, and will be renamed “Portokalos Secret Recipe Baklava” after the hilarious family in the film.
If you buy a copy of My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 on DVD or Blu-Ray, you will also receive a voucher to the value of £20 to redeem against a meal until October, at any of The Real Greek restaurants.It’s a win-win!
I was sent a copy of the cookbook by Blink Publishing and a copy of the DVD by Universal UK/Fever PR but did not receive any payment. All views are my own.