Volós Lentil Salad with Garlic & Lemon Dressing

‘Volós! Anyone for Volós?’ the holiday rep called. ‘Anyone for Volós?’ she repeated. Again and again. For some reason, this caused my son, who must have been 11 years old at the time, to fall to the floor crying with laughter. That memory still amuses him to this day so I repeat it often just…

Dimitri’s Greek Salad (Horiatiki)

It seems all sorts of crazy to post a recipe for a Greek Salad but then there are Greek salads and there are GREEK salads that zing so fresh that they deserve a little mention here. Years and years ago, I spent some time in the tiny fishing village of Gáïos on the verdant island…

Istanbul Mujaddara-style Salad with Garlic Yoghurt

Mujaddara (also known as majadra, mejadra, moujadara, mudardara, and megadarra) is a super-umami-flavoured Levantine dish of brown lentils mixed with wholegrain basmati rice, caramelised onions and gently toasted whole spices including cumin and coriander seeds. It is usually served hot with the onion as a garnish; however, for the people who came to sample my Istanbul-inspired menu at…

Aleppo Muhammara (Red Pepper, Walnut & Bread Dip)

It was coming to the end of a long and sultry day as I lay languidly upon a heap of vintage embroidered cushions, the candle-lit lanterns flickering in the warm breeze of the early evening; the music in the background was haunting and exotic as if it were calling me from a far away place. I…

Medioevo Farro & Mozzarella Salad

‘It is not the result of an alchemy but the result of the products coming from vegetable gardens, farmyards, clear skies, fresh and clean water, hands used to rolling out the pasta dough; in one word, the treasure of Umbria. Umbria is the starting point of the journey we take to look for all these products…

Salerno Sweet Red Pepper & Fontina Cheese Frittata

They say that Salerno is the Amalfi Coast’s best kept secret so I probably shouldn’t tell you about it. It’s important, you see, that this grand old signora of a city remains a secret otherwise all and sundry will be aching to reside in one of its cute little teracotta-roofed appartamentos piled, one on top…

Turkish Carrot & Garlic Yoghurt Salad with Carrot Greens & Pistachio Pesto

The stories that I tell are inspired by a lifetime spent travelling around the countries that kiss the coasts of the Mediterranean sea; by every restaurant and cafe I’ve had the pleasure of kicking back in; by the bustling markets, glittering delicatessens and traditional food stores that have sparked new ideas; by the forgotten recipes I…

Lokanta Mercimek Çorbası (Red Lentil & Bulgar Wheat Soup)

‘Hüzün, which denotes a melancholy that is communal rather than private. Offering no clarity, veiling reality instead, hüzün brings us comfort, softening the view like the condensation on a window when a teakettle has been spouting steam on a winter’s day. Steamed-up windows make me feel hüzün, and I still love getting up and walking…

Pide Ekmeği (Turkish Flatbread)

We used to live by Broadway Market in Hackney and pretty much every day, I would call by the local Turkish store to pick up a loaf of this Turkish flatbread known as pide ekmeği or ramazan pidesi. I love its light, chewy texture, the natural sweetness of the dough and the nutty, super-umami finish of…

Greek White Peach & Orange Blossom Spoon Sweets (Gliko Koutaliou Rodakino)

When I was a little girl, I had a babysitter named Barbara. She fell in love with a Greek musician called Costa who used to feed me and my little brother a style of preserved fruit originating from the Byzantine kitchen that is traditionally served as a gesture of hospitality in Greece, Turkey and the Balkans, usually on special…