Lamb stuffed cabbage leaves are comfort food to me. They give you the welcome illusion of spring time with the vibrant green colour of the cabbage leaves, but the warming spicy minced lamb inside is sheer winter warmer stuff. A great combination at this time of year or any time for that matter really.
Roasted aubergine soup is comforting, warming and healthy too; a great way to start the New Year. With it’s aubergines, peppers and oregano and thyme this is a bit of a Greek style recipe and is rather apt since I’m off to lovely Creek this weekend for a few weeks.
With New Year and of course Hogmanay fast approaching I thought I’d share a couple of recipes from my book A Wee Taste Of Scotland (Scottish Party Food), so today it’s a savoury snackette, my Finnan Fingers. Sort of posh fish fingers with history!
Beef Tagliata is an Italian dish that is perfect for the chilly winter months when you want comfort food but with a bit of sunshine thrown in at the same time. This recipe definitely hits the spot and will fill you and warm you and make you think of summer sunshine too.
Beef Stefado is my ultimate comfort food. This Greek stew is packed with aromatic herbs and spices and will warm your senses and your tummy on the coldest of nights. For me it will transport me from the snowy cold we have here in Scotland to my beloved Agia Galini with just one taste.
Spinach and feta are well known as Greek ingredients, but chickpeas are often used in cooking there too. These spinach and feta chickpea pancakes use chickpea flour (gram flour) instead of the usual plain stuff so are super healthy.
Dips are such a big part of the Greek menu, no self respecting Meze would be without them. Traditional Tzatziki made with cucumber has to be one of the most popular dips in the world, but there is nothing to say you can’t change things around a bit here and there and give tradition a…
Stuffed vegetables are very popular in Greece, from courgettes (and their flowers) to aubergines, peppers and of course tomatoes. My super simple prawn stuffed tomato dish is my wee fishy take on a Greek classic.