Monthly Archives: October 2010

Austerity eating

A London friend has grumped about my current decadent lifestyle and told me to “Sod off with all that ‘we’re in Greece…enjoying’ business. I want austerity recipes highlighting how to eat well in a bankrupt country with zero credit ratings.” … Continue reading

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Greece has been a revelation. We’ve been here only a week, but already I feel like I’ve had the full Shirley Valentine sunshiney, souvlaki experience (minus the kafeneon owner love interest of course). I especially love the Greek salads here. … Continue reading

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Real men eat cake

Special thanks to Allison for the gorgeous photos of cake. I don’t think I’ve had an icecream sundae since my 7th birthday. There’s a picture of me and a knickerbocker glory that’s so tall I’m standing on a chair to … Continue reading

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Check out these bad boys: Sarajevo style cevapi. In particular, note the bread, fried on the cevapi hotplate mmmmmm – Cevapi are to the peoples of the Balkans what souvlaki is to the Greeks and kebaps to the Turks. In … Continue reading

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Kaymak is so dangerous to health it should almost be illegal. A Balkan  delicacy, kaymak’s made by skimming the cream off warmed milk, salting it and layering it, day by day in a barrel where it’s stored for a number … Continue reading

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My mother in law’s chicken soup

There’s a reason that bestseller self-help book was called Chicken Soup for the Soul. There’s something special about it that’s so health restoring, nourishing and comforting. After a week on the booze, mixed grill and cream cakes, The Man and … Continue reading

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The cult of the bread

I love bread. I have always loved bread. For my 17th birthday my mum gave me a copy of Elizabeth David’s tome ‘English Bread and Yeast Cookery’ and I was dead chuffed. I read it cover to cover, all 500-odd … Continue reading

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