Sunday, July 27, 2008
The food diaries: part 1 - Greece
Looking through my folders for Parisian food photos for my Paris post (which is still to come), I came across several food photos from my trip to Greece earlier in the summer and other meals I've had in London. So I though I'd do a series of foodie posts showing you not the places I've visited, but the food I've enjoyed along the way. Today we start with Greece - France, England and maybe one or two other destinations to follow.
A typical summer meal at a seaside Greek taverna consists of:
Greek salad - made with tomatoes, cucumber, onion, green peppers, black olives, lots of olive oil, oregano and a slab of feta cheese. Tourists tend to have the salad as a main course, but Greeks would always order it as a shared dish between 2-4 people.
Tzatziki - a dip made with yogurt, cucumber, garlic, olive oil and vinegar. Can be very strong or quite mild, depending on how much garlic's gone in. Goes well with bread.
Fried squid. It tastes best if it's fresh, but fried is just fine and nothing like the frozen calamari rings you get over here.
Grilled octopus. Not to everyone's taste due to its unsightly appearance and chewy texture, but if you like it, you really like it. I love it.
Chunky fried potatoes. Mmmm!
Eat with lots of fresh bread, and wash it all down with some nice white or rose wine, or an ice-cold beer (or two). This is what you're left with: