Bamies Laderes | Rustic Greek Okra in Tomatoes and Olive Oil

All through the Mediterranean, okra is cooked in a thick tomato sauce, and in Greece they are also liberal with the olive oil. Its a delicious dish that can be eaten as part of a table laden with Mediterranean vegetable dishes, or serve with fresh crusty break and feta. It also goes so well with rice, burghul, polenta, quinoa or any grain pilaf.

Vinegar helps to reduce the sliminess of the okra, and there are various ways of using it. Some sprinkle it on the okra and leave to rest for an hour (or don’t rest it), others soak in acidulated water from 1 – 12 hours. Take you pick – I soaked these for some hours as I was pottering around the kitchen doing other things. When I was ready, they were drained, rinsed and used in the dish.

Are you looking for other Okra dishes? Try Malaysian Lemak-Style Vegetables, Armenian Pickled OkraMoar Kuzhambu, and Sambar.

What about other Greek Recipes? Try Roasted Eggplant Salad, Braised Parsley and Slow Cooked Cauliflower.

Or, for more information, browse all of our Okra dishes, and all of our Greek dishes. Or simply take some time to explore our Mid Autumn collection.

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Domatokeftedes | Santorini Style Tomato “Patties” | Indian Tomato Pakoras

Greek Tomatoes in Batter, a delicious snack

Domatokeftedes are delicious Greek tomatoes in batter, in fact they are similar to Pakoda/Pakora. They are often referred to as fritters or patties, although they don’t always conform to a uniform shape.

Domatokeftedes are a  specialty of Santorini in Greece. They are traditionally made with the island’s native tomato that is grown in the volcanic soil. It does not require watering, and yet the small tomato is sweet and intensely flavoured. This recipe uses any juicy tomato – Roma tomatoes are good. The fritters can be served as a snack or as part of a mezze platter – they are delicious dipped into tzatziki or any yoghurt sauce, sweet chilli sauce, or a herby blended fresh coriander and mint chutney.

This dish is very versatile. And it is such an innovative way to use tomatoes!

You might also like to explore our Greek recipes here and here, or browse our Tomato recipes here and here. Or you might like to have a look at the Snack recipes here and here. Check out our easy Summer recipes here and here.

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Roasted Eggplant Salad with Unripe Grape Juice (Verjuice)

An unusual use of verjuice in a Greek eggplant dish

In Greece, I hear that one of my favourite ingredients, verjuice, is used as a replacement for lemon juice when the fruit is out of season or unavailable. What a great idea!

Are you looking for eggplant recipes? You can browse here and here. Greek recipes are here and here. Or perhaps check our Autumn recipes here and here.

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Fennel a la Grecque | Fennel Slow Cooked in French-Greek Style

Fennel is delicious raw, but sometimes I love to cook it too. Here is an easy dish, a gentle dish, full of gentle flavours.

Fennel is delicious raw, but equally as good cooked. Here is an easy dish, a gentle dish, full of gentle flavours.

Looking for other fennel dishes? Try Fennel Salad with Fresh Prunes, Grilled Fennel with Mozzarella, or Fennel on the BBQ. All of our Fennel recipes are here and here. Browse the a la Grecque dishes here and here, and Greek dishes here and here. Be inspired by our Spring dishes here and here.

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Courgettes a la Grecque | Zucchini Cooked in Greek Style | A Rustic, Cold dish.

A perfect dish for hot weather

I love early morning cooking on hot days, if cooking must be done at all.  5 or 6 am is really the only comfortable time to put pot on stove. So dishes that can be eaten cold later in the day are ideal.

This recipe is a cracker. I found some scribbled notes once when I was going through my recipe paper files. And I can tell you this is good! One of Greece’s amazing and simple dishes.

Are you looking for zucchini dishes? Please browse our collection here and here. And we have a number of a la Grecque recipes here and here too. Our favourites are Fennel a la Grecque and Zucchini Curry. Or browse our Greek recipes here and here. Be inspired by our Summer dishes here and here.

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Maintano Yiahni | Parsley Braised with Tomatoes and Olive Oil

A not-so-beautiful but oh so wonderful dish – Parsley cooked a la Grecque.

We are obsessed these days with beautiful food. It’s a fashion. It will pass one day. We eat with our eyes before we eat with our tastebuds, because we no longer suffer from hunger or know what it is like to go without food.

This recipe isn’t beautiful, but it IS delicious. And it is a very versatile dish. Just right for those times when your parsley is overgrowing your back yard.

Yiahni means to cook in a base of good olive oil and tomatoes, an a la Grecque approach to slowly cooking the vegetable or bean in a flavoursome base and oil to produce an outstanding dish.

You can browse other Greek dishes here and here. Perhaps you are interested in Parsley recipes? We have them here and here. Perhaps try other a la Grecque recipes here and here.

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Salsa Verde | Greek Style Sauce and Dip

Sometimes the old, the traditional, the simple, the uncomplex is truly wonderful. Salsa Verde is a classic Greek sauce of parsley, capers and olive oil.

Are you looking for other Dips, Sauces, Purees or Salsas? Browse our collection here. Our Greek dishes are here and here. Have a look at other Parsley recipes here and here. Our Winter recipes here and here might offer some inspiration.

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How to Make Thick Thick Yoghurt | Strained Yogurt | Greek Yogurt | Yogurt Cheese | Labneh

Versatile, thick yoghurt.

The joy of thick yoghurt. As thick as thick cream, superb as a topping, spread or base for a dip or a dessert, it is a necessary ingredient in the kitchen. Easy to make, it leaves whey which can be used in oats, breads, juices and soups.

We have many recipes for yoghurt. You can browse them here. Have a look at our dips here and here and our snacks also. Or get inspired by our easy Autumn recipes here and here.

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Rizogalo | Greek Rice Pudding

A Greek Rice Pudding, for when Autumn arrives.

It is moving into Autumn. The other day a friend asked whether I was enjoying the cold weather. My answer? I must be. I am cooking rice pudding.

We have been making this for a long time. It was first cooked in my kitchen in 2003, by my Greek friend, Lia who was staying with me at that time. It was a great hit. This time, I added a vanilla bean and, at the last minute, a very small sprig of rosemary. These adjustments are optional but make a lovely difference.

You might also like to try Sweet Mung Dal and Rice Kitcheri, or a Baked Rice Pudding. Or you could try the Indian version of rice pudding, Bengali Rice Kheer. All of our Dessert recipes are here and here. Find inspiration in our Autumn collection here and here.

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Rustic Tomato Soup with Feta

Greek Style Home Made Soup

Cold weather and howling winds activate the soup genes. Almost without thought we head to the kitchen and bring the soup pot out from the back of the cupboard. How good it is to sip soup while it hails outside?

This dish is a thick, quick, Greek-style soup. It is relatively easy to make, so when the weather is cold you can be sipping this soup in 20 minutes.

You might also be interested in Carrot and Roasted Tomato Soup, Roasted Tomato and Sweetcorn Soup,  and a Spiced Tomato Puree. All of our Tomato Soup recipes are here and here, and our Tomato Recipes here and here. Or perhaps you would like other Soup recipes here and here. Find some inspiration in our Winter collection here and here.

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Halloumi and Watermelon Salad

An outstanding marriage of textures.

This is an unusual recipe, using raw halloumi. It might be quite a surprise to find that fresh, uncooked halloumi partners very well with watermelon.

You might also like to try Haloumi and Orange Salad, Jerusalem Artichokes with Haloumi, or Haloumi Pizza. You can find watermelon salads here. Or browse our Haloumi recipes here and here, or our Salad recipes here and here. Find inspiration in our Summer recipes here and here.

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