By Freya Ensbey.
Each year, Greece celebrates Greek Independence Day as a
national holiday on March 25, commemorating the start of the War of Greek
Independence in 1821.
Celebrated in both secular and religious ways around the
country, Greek Independence Day is the largest celebrated event on the
calendar, where Athens plays host to a large parade, with many given the day
Fish has widely been synonymous with this national holiday
due to the period of time in which Independence Day Falls. The 25thof March falls during the Orthodox Church’s period of Great Lent when the
religious fast for nearly fifty days with fish, dairy, meat and olive oil
forbidden. However, the church made an exception of fish to be eaten on Palm
Sunday and March 25, making it a nationally recognised dish for both occasions.
Create your own
Greek Independence Day feast at home with these simple seafood recipes sure to
make a splash.
Style Fish Croquettes
For the perfect entrée to kick start your feast, whip up
these crunchy golden croquettes made with fresh white fish flesh. The addition
of fresh flavours like parsley, mint and dill make for a perfect pairing of
tzatziki to be dipped into. Why not double this recipe and create an extra
batch to keep in the fridge for an easy lunch option throughout the week?
Greek Style Baked Fish
A golden rule when cooking with fresh fish is to keep it
simple, and as the name suggests, this simple Greek style baked fish recipe
does just that. Incorporating flavours of the Mediterranean, with olives, feta,
olive oil, and tomatoes, this dish epitomises Greek cooking.
with Spinach Artichoke Spread
Cod is a white, mild flavoured fish ideal for those who are
inclined to be put off by more pungent fish species. The species is also a good
source of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids and is especially rich in lean
protein and vitamin B-12, which is why the Mediterranean diet high in seafood, has
been regarded as one of the world’s healthiest cuisines. This recipe is also
great for any night of the week to add a nutritious serve of fish into your family’s
Style Fish Soup – Psarosoupa
Psarosoupa is a hearty and warming Greek style fish soup
made regularly as a weeknight staple in family homes throughout Greece. With
versatility to add whichever white flesh fish is available at your local fish
monger, this recipe also uses a number of vegetables, making it a healthy and
satisfying option. We recommend serving it with a loaf of fresh, crusty bread
on the side to soak up any leftover broth.
For those who have been left yelling, Opa! after creating these
recipes at home just as we have, submerge yourself further into the Greek
culture and explore this popular cuisine further at your nearest Greek