Famously hearty, bold and unpretentious, Greek food is largely categorised by both its use of several recurring ingredients including olive oil, lemon and honey. Lamb, pork and seafood are common, along with aubergines, courgettes, onion, thyme and parsley (among other herbs). Aspects of contemporary cuisine, particularly the use of olive oil in both sweet and savoury recipes, can be traced back to ancient Greece, while a number of dishes synonymous with Greek cuisine have a strong influence from the Ottoman Empire – think tzatziki, baklava and moussaka.
This collection of Greek recipes demonstrates the bold, beautiful flavours of the country's cuisine. Rosanna McPhee's traditional Mpourekakia, mini pies stuffed with aubergine and feta, are a fantastic vegetarian starter idea, while Food Urchin's marrows stuffed with meaty moussaka are a delicious way of dealing with a vegetable glut. His Lamb kleftiko, a glorious roast lamb recipe studded with garlic and herbs, makes an impressive (yet simple to prepare) Sunday lunch showstopper served with a classic Greek salad and roast potatoes. Sticking to the theme, go Greek for dessert with his fragrant semolina cake recipe, an elegant treat based on the traditional Greek revani and drizzled with honey and orange syrup, yoghurt and pistachios.