All posts tagged: greece

Learning about Feta with Odysea and Roussas Dairy

There’s nothing I love more than an invitation to an event related to cheese. And even more so if it’s about my beloved feta! Feta is a cheese which I’ve grown up with – in Cyprus I always preferred it to halloumi. It was also the cause of many a family row when eating at a local taverna – cubes of it would be scattered on top of the Greek salad at the start of a meal, and there would inevitably always be a fight for the last piece! I was recently invited to a feta tasting at The Greek Larder in King’s Cross, a restaurant I’ve been meaning to visit ever since it opened but frustratingly never got round to it. It’s a 10 minute walk from Kings Cross, in the very cool and completely revamped area north of the station, with large glass windows surrounding it in-keeping with the area. But inside you feel very much like you’re in a traditional Greek restaurant, with local produce adorning the shelves and displays. I was …

A Real Greek Fat Wedding…

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 …

Lunch at Suvlaki, Soho

I haven’t tried anywhere near enough Greek restaurants in London yet for my liking! This is the longest I’ve ever spent away from Cyprus now and I miss it a lot, especially the food, so it was definitely time for a trip to a local Greek food spot in Soho. I’d walked past Suvlaki a number of times and had seen them doing lots on social media, so I couldn’t wait to try them out. This week I took a couple of my colleagues who were fairly new to Greek food and didn’t really know what to expect. But by the end of the meal they were definitely impressed! Suvlaki is a small Greek restaurant in Soho that largely specialises in kebabs and skewers, and the menu is pretty straightforward. We decided to order a selection of both, including pork, chicken and wild boar sausage. I can’t say I ever had wild boar sausage in Cyprus, but I knew it would be tasty. We also ordered some chips and a Greek salad. All of the …

Dinner at The Real Greek, St Martins Lane

Quite a few years ago (more than I would like to admit) I had lunch at The Real Greek with a friend. As you can guess from the name, it’s a Greek food restaurant with a number of locations across London. I was in my first job after graduating University and still regularly went back to Cyprus (as much as annual leave would allow!) but I was craving ‘home food’ and came across The Real Greek. But I was disappointed. I felt it was fairly expensive for rather small portions compared to what I was used to at home, and therefore didn’t go back again. However, I was kindly given the opportunity to visit The Real Greek on St Martins Lane in Covent Garden and definitely wanted to give it another try. The lovely Sophie of Sophie Loves Food (check out her blog, her amazing baking will give you serious sugar cravings!) joined me and we were seated in the candlelit window seat. I must apologise that the photos aren’t the best quality – despite being in …

Easter Cooking: Lamb Moussaka

Moussaka was always one of mine and my Mum’s favourite dishes when we were in Cyprus, but it’s admittedly a bit of a hassle to make. Some of the local restaurants we went to used to ask you to order it in advance, so they could get it ready, as they would only serve fresh food. I don’t mind making it myself when I have the time, so I thought that I’d try giving it a go over Easter using both lamb mince and leftover lamb from our roast on Good Friday. I’ve used bits and bobs from different recipes over the years, but this is what I tend to stick to: Ingredients 2 aubergines cut into 1cm/½in slices 3 fairly large potatoes, cut into 1cm/½in slices 500g lamb mince 500g sliced lamb pieces (as mentioned earlier, taken from our previous roast leg of lamb) 1 onion finely chopped 2 garlic cloves crushed 1 tsp fresh oregano  1 tsp fresh mint, chopped 1 tsp ground cumin 2 tsp ground cinnamon (I sometimes increase this, as I love the …