Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Last Taste of Greece

The final episode of Lyndey & Blair’s Taste of Greece will air this Thursday night at 8pm on SBS One. I have been overwhelmed by messages of support and the ratings have been excellent. Many others have commented that they didn’t know how good Greek food could be, or that they now wanted to visit or re-visit Greece. I am also pleased that Blair’s terrific performance as a presenter has been immortalised.

This week we go to Olympia where Blair energetically runs the length of the original ancient Olympic stadium in only 25 seconds! We also visit Mercouri Wine Estate, where this precious photo was taken:
At Mercouri we tasted wine made with Refosco grapes which I also used with trachanas in a stuffing for lamb. Trachanas is a traditional Greek ingredient made by combining soured milk (usually goat’s) with cracked wheat. I used it in my stuffing recipe, but more traditionally it is made into porridge or added to soup. It is rich and nourishing. Comfort food, Greek style.

Next up we diversify from traditional Greek cooking at Aldemar Restaurant where, after learning how to prepare peppers stuffed with feta and graviera and rabbit stifado, we are treated to quite a different menu for our finale dinner: modern Greek food which draws on Greek tradition but creates something more contemporary. This was also my birthday. Don’t miss this last episode.

To other news, SBS are releasing the DVD of Lyndey & Blair’s Taste of Greece series on 3 August. Click here to order.

I’m also busily working on Lyndey & Blair’s Taste of Greece the cookbook, which should be out next year in time for Mothers’ day. The book will contain a mix of traditional and modern recipes as well as beauty shots of the majestic Peloponnese and stills from the series.

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