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!
The other day I was asked a very difficult question. If I had to survive on just three foods for the rest of my life what ones would I choose. As someone who loves pretty much everything this was really quite hard for me. In the end, after much thinking I decided on my three… sausages, butternut squash and pasta. Since answering this question I have changed my mind several times, halloumi, bacon, chocolate, proscuitto, avocado, bread… the list just goes on and on. There is only one food that has remained on the list and is definitely not going anywhere, and that is pasta.
Soup, in my opinion, is ridiculously underrated. One of my all time favourite dishes is actually my Nan’s Boxing Day turkey soup. I could quite happily eat this every single day of my life, and if I didn’t need to buy an entire turkey each time to make it then I probably would. Such a simple recipe but packed with more flavour that you could ever imagine just makes my Nan’s soup the absolute best. See, that’s the thing with soups, they’re actually really easy to make, but for some reason not many people seem to make their own any more. Instead it seems that people would rather the convenience of a tasteless and overly salted canned soup over a healthy, hearty home made version. This type of convenience is one I will never understand.
I have often found that some of my best ever recipes have come from using random leftovers from my cupboards and fridge. A few weeks ago I was in a very lazy mood and with the weather being terrible outside I just couldn’t bring myself to go out. The problem was that I really wanted chilli con carne, but had no mincemeat. In fact, I had no meat defrosted at all. Despite the nearest supermarket being not even 50 yards away, leaving my nice warm flat to get some beef mince was just not an option. Instead, I found myself holding a random butternut squash that I had just happened to find sitting in the back of my fridge.
There are just certain dishes that you want to eat in this cold, winter weather. On a cold night all I want to do is chill in my flat with my onesie on and eat a big bowl of comforting food, and when it comes to comfort food risotto is most definitely high up on my list. You just can’t beat it. Risotto is my go to meal when I don’t know what else to cook, and despite what some may think, it’s actually fairly easy to make. All that is required is some good quality ingredients along with a bit of love and attention and you’ve got yourself a beautiful bowl of risotto.