Get to work on this fantastic Semolina Halva recipe by Diane Kochilas that will leave you craving more. Diane claims that eating this Halva recipe will help lower your cholesterol levels due to the olive oil. We just like to eat it because it tastes fantastic. This traditional Mediterranean/Arabic dish was always regarded ...
A nourishing Lentil Soup recipe to take the chill away this winter. Diane Kochilas shares another hearty Greek recipe with everyone to enjoy over the coming winter months, with a protein packed Lentil Soup recipe. Diane uses chard in her recipe but you can easily switch this to other leafy greens like Spinach to bring a little variety to this dish. Perfect for a weekend lunch or weekday dinner this is a very easy meal to prepare and will leave you well satisfied.
This Chicken braised with Green Olives & Feta recipe is a great way to prepare your chicken Mediterranean style. If you don't have shallots use the smallest onions (red or regular) you can lay your hands on. Diane does recommend chips to go with this chicken but unless they are thick wedges I don't see it happening. Wild Brown Rice is the best accompaniment to this dish in my humble opinion You can also use a can of chopped tomatoes instead of peeling, de-seeding and ...
Spruce up your side starch with this Spinach Rice Pilaf recipe from Diane Kochilas. Diane reckons that this dish is an anti oxidant bomb so that must mean it is very good for you.
You know the saying "there is always a better way". Well here's one for onions (yes again) don't cut, GRATE!!!
I often use this method when making meat patties or any patty for that matter. I grate the onion in over the mince meat to ensure that all the juices are retained and it makes for the juiciest of meatballs or hamburgers. This technique common for making things latkes or potato pancakes so always keep a look out for something else it will work well with.
Don't be put off by the 8 hour preparation and 8 hour cooking times, this is something special for you to try your hand at. It's not complicated at all as you don't really have to be around for the prep or cooking. Simply soak the chic peas in water overnight and then mix everything together and pop into the oven for a slow cook for 8 hours. You might want to slow cook some lamb alongside this dish, they would go fantastically well together.
Sometimes you see a dish and you go "Wow". This is one of them, it draws you in saying make me.
If you are looking for a great way to serve up your veg, this is it. Diane uses such a robust array of herbs that you will hardly need any salt for seasoning.
When it comes to the mixed greens this recipe goes with Swiss chard and spinach but you can use whatever you have in the fridge or is in season at your local supermarket.
This recipe calls for some Kefalotyri cheese which is available in some supermarkets, I have purchased some from Spar before. If you can't find use any other hard, yellow cheese.
This dish incorporates many traditional lamb ingredients but the add the cheese is a little different to what many of you may have done in the past.
Quite simply any dish that uses cheese as an ingredient is a winner.
Another fantastic vegetable recipe from Diane Kochilas. A Cretan Courgettes and Potato Pie Recipe (Haniotiko Boureki)
I've really enjoyed Diane's Greek vegetable dishes over the past couple of weeks, This is another stunner as she brings together courgettes, I refuse to call them zucchini, potatoes, every man's favourite and a mixture of feta & ricotta cheese.
This is great for braai days and midweek family dinners.
Snacking & Entertaining: Diane Kochilas' Kalamata Olive & Fennel Phyllo Triangles Recipe (Eliopitakia)
Phyllo pastry is pretty easy to work with so why not try this recipe out. There are a host of fillings that you could use so when making them try out a few different ones using spinach & feta for example.
I do like the fennel, it's not that popular an ingredient so it does make for something a little different.