2 days ago
What to do when you have the desire to cook an entire Greek meal for dear ones over from America?
Although I predominantly cook by instinct, I am always happy to acknowledge that mastering some cuisines requires a little help from the experts. I have owned ‘Food From Many Greek Kitchens’ by the amazing tessakiros for many moons, and last weekend, I decided to make two main dishes, a salad and a dessert from this gorgeously simple, and nostalgic cookbook. What I love about Greek cuisine is that it uses the freshest, most uncomplicated ingredients. It isn’t about being showy or clever, just about a few key foods coming together to produce big flavours and a lot of love.
This delicious orange and semolina cake with an orange blossom and honey syrup was my gift of the Ayurvedic sweet taste, known as Madhura, to special people in my life. Madhura represents love, and I always include it in my meals. I decorated it with rose petals, which added a teeny bit of pink, understated glamour, but certainly not the ‘look at me’ kind. As I sat at the table laughing and chatting with humans who make my heart sing, I reflected on how important it is in life to have enough of the sweet quality, and to share it, to transfer it to others willingly, thereby creating a domino effect. This quality is not just found in foods, but equally in loving family, friendship, kindness, togetherness, laughter, making memories, and in giving without expectation.
My orange and semolina cake recipe was ‘given’ to me by someone else, I infused it with my love, and this transferred to my guests, the only expectation being that it tasted good.
Thank you to tessakiros for helping me to spread the love.