By Freya Ensbey.
The Mediterranean diet has been hailed as one of the
healthiest diets in the world. Researchers have shown the positive health
impacts of an abundance of olive oil in the diet with it being packed full of antioxidants
and beneficial fats, protecting the body from heart disease, while also
providing anti-inflammatory properties and both omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids.
However, these benefits are only found in a top quality
extra virgin olive oil, so investing in the best will ensure you reap the
health benefits and give you a better tasting oil to cook with. Grab yourself a
bottle of Greece’s greatest export and pour yourself into making these fresh, authentic
dishes supplied by some of our country’s greatest Hellenic Chefs.
Ouzeri | VIC
Bread with Split Pea Lentil Dip and 2. Kleftiko
very own Greek feast, try your hand at a traditional Kleftiko. Only several
ingredients are needed to create this tasty dish with no tricky techniques
involved. Slow roasting the meat and wrapping it up into its own juices to
marinate, makes for a fall off the bone finish. Whilst you wait for the meat to
cook, whip up a split pea lentil dip to serve with warm olive bread.
Greek Club | QLD
Kalamata olives, feta, mint and dill, these deliciously light yet flavourful
vegetarian croquettes will transport you to Greece with each bite. Lahano
Keftedes is a traditional village dish from Northern Greece. In the past, villagers
from this part of the world had little access to meat products and therefore
their diet was heavily vegetable based, allowing them decades of experimenting
with vegetarian cooking. Typically enjoyed as a mezze, these also make a great
main served with Greek salad.
Souvlaki Art | VIC
something a little fresh to your next BBQ and serve up these tasty lamb kebabs.
Packed with flavours of ground cumin and paprika, a crunchy outer layer makes
for an easily held finger food option or spread the lamb onto a pita bread and
top with creamy Tzatziki.
and Pita | NSW
We all love
a great dip to enjoy with crackers and a sneaky afternoon wine, or as a gift of
thought when we are invited to a party, but store bought dips can be expensive,
especially when feeding a few. So, master this simple Tzatziki dip that is sure
to become a requested favourite time and time again.
Taverna | VIC
Trahana is a
type of couscous and one of the oldest ancient foods in the Eastern
Mediterranean. The Trahana as it evolved, was an ingenious way to preserve
milk, however it is now used as a base or side for many dishes in the Greek