We can’t travel right now, but our tastebuds can! Use your mealtimes to transport yourself to more exotic surroundings — from the safety of your kitchen. This week, we’re imagining ourselves in sunny Greece…
Skewered meat is a popular part of Greek cuisine. Try these simple steak skewers with a fresh, herby salad; if the weather permits, cook them on the barbecue for that mouthwatering smoky, charred flavour.
Speaking of firing up the barbecue, these lamb chops are well-balanced by a simple courgette and Feta salad. Add a few pitta breads and you’re good to go.
Fancy something a little lighter? Try this Greek-inspired chicken, flavoured with lemon and dill and served with salad and pitta for a satisfying summer meal.
Feta is by far the best-known of the Greek cheese pantheon, and its saltiness matches well with a range of foods. Enjoy it with rip cherry tomatoes and superfood broccoli in this crowd-pleasing summer salad.
Spanakopita is a dish that makes good use of the heaven-match match of Feta, spinach and filo pastry. For an easier version that keeps all the same flavours without the filo faff, try this tasty tart!
While it’s technically from Cyprus, Halloumi is popular throughout Greece, too. We love this Halloumi traybake — the perfect all-in-one dinner for good weather.
Seafood is a big part of Greek cuisine, cooked so fresh it requires the miminum of fuss. This pan-fried fish with tomatoes and capers is the ideal quick-fix dinner for a sunny summer evening. Just add a glass of wine and relax.
Never roasted a whole fish before? This straightforward seabass recipe is a great place to start, with tender, juicy results.
Simple little extras
We may be paying a virtual visit to Greece, but we’re still Irish, so potatoes are still very much on the table! Keep things simple by adding a side of these Greek-style new potatoes.
For a more complex side, check out this stunning Mediterranean-inspired twist on the classic potato salad.
Tabbouleh is a classic bulghur wheat salad from the Mediterranean and Levantine regions, and its generous handfuls of fresh herbs make it an absolute delight to eat in the sunshine.
What happens when you take classic Greek foods and flavours and reconfigure them with a Tex-Mex favourite in mind? These Mediterranean nachos, of course!
Finally, celebrate in-season aubergines with these simple flatbreads — a delicious casual nibble best served with good wine and sunshine.
If all else fails, grab some nice bread, some olives and a bottle of good olive oil, and close your eyes in the sun.
We hope you enjoy your virtual trip to the Mediterranean. Stay safe, stay well-fed.