‘Basil’ comes from the Greek word Vasilias, meaning King. There are over 60 types of basil, including purple varieties that taste of lemon, anise, clove and cinnamon . In cooking, this strongly aromatic herb considers itself the monarch of the dish and can dominate other herbs with its powerful, spicy flavour. But that’s not all […]
Pumpkins are not just for Halloween, Thanksgiving or for taking Cinderella home from the ball. Both the flesh and the seeds of the pumpkin are an excellent source of many vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants. They are also lowfat, highfibre and low in calories. In short, they are one of the superfoods of the vegetable world. So, […]
The colour was washed-out purple, like clothes that had accidentally been dyed in the washing machine. It looked nothing like the traditional Cypriot dish I had eaten in the local taverna the night before. However, the owner assured me that this was the genuine recipe.
This very colourful omelette was served to me in Cyprus as the Greek dish strapatsada. Not knowing any better, I cooked it and called it by that name for years until I discovered that the only ingredients they both have in common are tomatoes, eggs and olive oil.
I often make this dish on a Sunday evening when the weekend is winding down and I don’t want to spend more than about half an hour in the kitchen cooking. It’s also easy to prepare because the ingredients are ones I usually have in the cupboard, apart from the prawns, but I usually have a bag of these in the freezer.