Courgettes with Feta and Lemon

I thought the wonderful Ottolenghi had done a recipe for this but apparently I dreamt it cos I couldn’t find it so created this instead to satisfy a craving and a glut of courgettes…

For 2-3 people you need
2 courgettes, cut into 3 inch lengths then thin slices
2 cloves garlic, crushed
juice of a lemon
salt and pepper
2-3 tbsp excellent quality olive oil
1/2 pack feta
1 tub chilli olives

Griddle the courgettes till scorched in places and just tender. Meanwhile place everything else apart from the feta and olives in a bowl. Place the hot courgettes into the dressing to marinade then top with the feta and olives and eat with copious crusty bread to soak up the garlicky juices. Nomnomnom.

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New Potatoes with Feta, Olives and Garlic

This is a cinch to make but benefits from being made ahead of time to let the flavours develop and infuse. Perfect for a lunchbox 🙂

For 2-3 portions you need:
1 pack baby new potatoes, cooked till tender
1 pack feta
1 red onion, chopped
1 pack chilli olives
juice of 1 lemon
2 tbsp good quality olive oil
freshly ground pepper
2 cloves garlic crushed

Place the lemon juice, olive oil. garlic, pepper, olives and red onion in a bowl. Mix well. Once the potatoes are cooked cut in half and to the bowl. Crumble over the feta. Leave to infuse then scoff. Yum.

Spanakopita

This is very easy to make but looks impressive and is another yummy dish for warmer weather. It travels well so is ideal for picnics or packed lunches.

For 4-6 portions you need:
290g bag of fresh spinach, washed and drained
1 large onion, finely diced
1 tbsp olive oil for frying plus extra for brushing the filo pastry
2/3 of a 250g pack of filo pastry
1 block of feta
2 tbsp salted capers, rinsed well
freshly ground pepper
freshly grated nutmeg

Begin by frying the onion in the oil over a gentle heat for about 10 mins till softened. Add the spinach and cover with a lid. Allow the spinach to wilt then chop roughly with scissors in the pan. Season with pepper and nutmeg and add the capers and crumble in the feta. Mix well.

Meanwhile brush a baking tray with oil and layer in the filo, brushing each sheet with a little more oil. Use half the filo to line the base of the pan. Spoon over the spinach and feta mixture then top with the remaining filo, again brushing each sheet with a little oil. Tuck in the overhanging pieces of pastry and brush the top with oil. Score into diamonds then bake in a hot (200 degree) oven for 30-40 mins. Best served at room temperature.

Greek Salad with Potatoes

Boychild loved this. OMG. He’s never eaten Greek Salad before and professed to not like feta but he ate this. And had the leftovers in his lunch the next day. Wonders wil never cease it appears…

For 3-4 portions you need:
1/2 pack new potatoes, jersey royals if you can stretch to them 😉
1 pack chilli olives
1 pack feta. crumbled into 1cm cubes
2 peppers, cut into chunks
2 red onions, cut into 8ths
2 tomatoes, cut into 8ths and then in half again (so roughly chopped…)
2 tbsp olive oil plus more for roasting
salt and pepper
large handful of fresh oregano, finely chopped
juice of 1 lemon

Cook the potatoes. Toss the peppers and onions in a little olive oil and season. Roast in a hot oven for about 10 mins till tender. Place the tomatoes, olives, olive oil, lemon juice, oregano and feta in a bowl. Add the peppers and onions once cooked. Drain the potatoes and cut in half if large. Add to the bowl. Mix and serve.

Greek Salad

A yummy, refreshing salad for lovely hot days like today 🙂

For 3-4 portions you need:
1 block good quality feta
1 red onion, chopped into rough chunks
1 red and 1 orange pepper, cut into rough chunks
1/2 cucumber, cut into rough chunks
olives (I like green pitted ones personally)
2-3 tomatoes, cut into rough chunks
1 tbsp red wine vinegar
3 tbsp good quality olive oil
pepper
1 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tub semi dried tomatoes

Mix everything together in a bowl. Serve with pitta, houmous etc as part of a mezze platter.

Butternut and Rosemary ‘Pizza’ with Feta

This is an adaptation of a Good Food recipe, which uses naan bread for speed so is a quick after work dinner.

For 4 portions you need:
4 naan breads (I like the round ones from M&S or Waitrose)
olive oil
1 butternut squash, cut into a small dice
2 red onions, sliced
3 sprigs rosemary, roughly chopped
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1/2 block feta (omit for a vegan version)

Roast the squash in the oven with the oil, onions, rosemary and half the balsamic. After about 20 mins, scatter the squash over the naans, season and add the feta. Bake in the oven for a further 10-15 mins till the feta is lightly browned and the squash and onions are caramelised. Drizzle over the remaining balsmaic before serving with a green salad. Delicious!

Spiced Quinoa with Almonds and Feta

Another @bbcgoodfood recipe. This is lush for lunches as it’s great made ahead and left to develop. It keeps for a couple of days.

For 4 portions you need:
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp ground coriander
1/2 tsp tumeric
300g quinoa, rinsed
50g toasted flaked almonds
100g feta, crumbled
handful parsley, chopped
juice 1/2 lemon.
600ml stock

Heat the oil in a pan and add the spices. Heat gently. Add the quinoa and toast till it pops. Add the stock, bring to the boil and cover. Simmer for about 10 mins till the quinoa has cooked. Leave to steam for another 30 mins or so. Stir through the parsley, feta and almonds.

Chilli, Parsley and Feta Salad

This is a Ghillie Basan recipe. And it’s amazingly good!

For 3-4 people as a side dish you need:
1 large red onion, thinly sliced
1 pepper, sliced thinly (I used orange as I don’t like the green which was suggested)
1 chilli, de-seeded and finely chopped
2-3 cloves garlic, crushed
1 bunch flat parsley, chopped
1/2 pack feta, crumbled
2 large tomatoes, chopped
4 tbsp olive oil
juice 1/2 lemon
salt and pepper
Barbere seasoning to serve

Place everything onto a plate and top with the feta. Drizzle over the oil and top with the barbere seasoning. Leave to settle for about 30 mins before serving.