Tag: Travel Inspired

Lamb Kleftiko

As mentioned previously in one of my first ever recipe posts (Greek Lamb), I am a massive fan of Greek food. Growing up Greece was a popular choice for many of our annual family holidays. Zante or Zakynthos, whichever you prefer to call it, was my first Greek holiday, and one of my fondest memories of this little island was most definitely the local cuisine. We stayed in a fairly quiet village on the North-East of the island called Alikanas, and it is here where I tried my first ever kleftiko. Well, it is here that I actually tried all my favourite Greek dishes for the first time. Souvlaki, stifado, moussaka, afelia, I could keep going but I think you probably get the point, I really REALLY love Greek food!

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Anyone who knows me well will know that I have a slight obsession with all things to do with South East Asia. Yes I admit it, I am one of those people who will quite often talk about my travels even when not particularly relevant to the conversation. As a matter of fact, I think it is quite a talent to be able to turn literally any conversation in the world into something Asia related, even if I am the only person who thinks so.

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I’d be lying if I told you that making a Thai curry was easy. It’s not. In actual fact making a good Thai curry is really quite difficult. The curry paste at the heart of any Thai curry is usually hugely complex and consists of a long list of ingredients that each need to be balanced to perfection. It is also a very time consuming process so I would suggest investing in a good pestle and mortar to make it a bit easier for yourself. Am I putting you off making your own? I really hope not, because although Thai curry’s are a challenge to make, the end result is so worth it.

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Paella! Arguably Spain’s most famous and most popular dish. Despite originating in Valencia you can get paella anywhere and everywhere in this fantastic country, so if you’ve been to Spain but have never tried one before then shame on you!

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If you’ve ever been to Greece before you will know that when it comes to Greek food, it’s all about the slow cooked lamb. Kleftiko is possibly the most traditional dish in Greece and is a must for all lamb lovers! The meat, normally a leg of lamb or lamb shank, is placed into a parcel along with fresh vegetables, potatoes, lots of lemon juice, olive oil and a mixture of Greek herbs. It’s then wrapped up and slow cooked for hours until the meat is ‘melt in your mouth’ texture. Amazing!

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