Dakos is the epitome of Greek summer and we featured it in season 5 episode 2. It is a signature dish from Crete and the ultimate representation of the Mediterranean diet. Nutritious barley rusks, extra virgin olive oil, juicy tomatoes and feta cheese form an amazing salad, mezé or a perfect light meal.
Although considered a traditional Greek dish, its history is relatively recent, as it is the creation of Nickolaos Tselementes, the “father” of modern Greek gastronomy. He married the materials of moussaka with béchamel sauce in early 20th century. Being of Sifnian descent, we met his grandson George Thelementes – also a chef – in Sifnos, and he gave us his own recipe for this traditional Greek dish, a lighter version for the people of the 21st century.
Fakes (Lentil Soup)
Despite its small size, the island of Lefkada produces a huge amount of lentils. They’ve been growing them for centuries and sending their produce across the Mediterranean for others to enjoy. One of the best dishes you can make with them is Fakes. It’s a healthy soup that’s packed with flavour!
Bamies: Okra with tomato sauce & chicken drumsticks
This is a favourite dish of mine that brings back special memories. My mum use to make this and every time I taste it I think of her. It’s not the healthiest of Greek dishes, but it’s certainly one of the most delicious!
Melitzanosalata – Eggplant Dip
Any eggplant lovers out there? Melitzanosalata is a classic Greek appetizer made with roasted, smoky eggplants. It is served aside pita bread, toasted bread, or as part of an array of meze. We’ve all seen it on the restaurant menus, now it’s time to make it! As seen in Series 5 Episode 8.