Traditional Greek Salad

When I was 17 years old, I embarked on one of the greatest journeys of my life – I moved overseas.  Although it was daunting to be away from home, I learnt a lot about independence, paving my own way in life and the world around me.

My travels took me all over Europe.  From the snow-covered grass fields of England, to the vibrant colours of Spain, to the eerily beautiful streets of Poland – these are just a few of the mesmerising scenes I was lucky enough to experience firsthand.  But it wasn’t only a tour of legendary sights that I was undertaking; I was also embarking on a culinary tour of the continent.

I was fortunate enough to spend a week on the beautiful island of Corfu off the coast of mainland Greece.  I spent many a day, sitting out in the scorching hot sun, sampling the local cuisine and marvelling in the beauty of the Adriatic/Ionean Seas.

A favourite dish that has stayed with me all these years later is the Traditional Greek Salad.  I absolutely love how fresh and flavoursome it is.  As today was a scorcher of a day, not unlike those I remember in Greece, I decided it was the perfect evening to reacquaint myself with this particular dish. Continue reading

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Roast Potatoes, Radishes & Fennel Salad

It was a fabulous Summer day here in New Zealand – the air was warm, the sun was shining and there wasn’t a cloud in the sky all day.  In keeping with this glorious weather I decided that there was only one option for dinner – another Summer salad!

Roasted radishes are somewhat of a novelty to me, as they are still relatively new to my cooking repertoire.  When they are roasted, their bitterness is gradually mellowed out, and the radishes just get sweeter and sweeter.  However, the true deliciousness of this root vegetable comes from how intensely juicy it is – it is gloriously tender and pops in your mouth. Continue reading

Kumara, Spring Onion & Feta Salad

Confession: I love kumara.  To be honest, it would be hard not to love kumara.  With three colours to choose from, each colour with it’s own unique flavour and distinct texture, the kumara is an incredibly versatile vegetable.  I have always thought of it as a better version of a potato, and this summer I have tried to include it in as many of my meals as possible.

During the summertime I enjoy eating lightweight meals such as fish and salads, so here is a beautiful kumara salad recipe that I have recently been trying out.  It comfortably acts as a side dish for a five-person meal.  I hope you enjoy it! Continue reading