This first week’s recipe was taken from a book called “The Best Traditional Recipes of Greek Cooking”. This particular book has been chilling out on the book shelf for no less than ten years. It was actually bought by BC when he visited Santorini with my predecessor (pulls childish petulant face). I do love Greek food but flicking through this book has been the furthest I have got … until now.
My original intention was to cook a lamb mince-pie but the method was a bit vague and to be honest I couldn’t work out what the hell to do with the semolina! So decided instead to embark on a simple Courgette and Feta pie, made even more simple by the fact that it is not really a pie – no pastry involved. This would be more accurately be described as a baked fritatta. It was very simple – easy as pie you might say.
This is how simple it was: saute a few sliced courgettes and a few chopped up spring onions in a ludicrous amount of olive oil ( I know olive oil is healthy … but that much of any oil is questionable! ). Beat up three eggs and mix in a pack of feta (crumbled) and a whole bunch of chopped parsley. Mix in the courgettes and onions, pour into a non stick tin and pop in a medium oven for about an hour.
I was nervous and there was a nice pizza lined up on the subs bench, but thankfully that was not necessary as the ‘non’ pie was delicious. As I mentioned, it is similar to a fritatta, however baking really intensifies the flavours and the feta oozes beautifully through the egg. I served it with olives, rocket, Hugh Fearnley Wittingstall’s Roast Honey Tomatoes and some simple roasted peppers. It was a resounding success and is now on the rota of “cheap n’ simple meals” that make it into my weekly meal plans.
The last slice was popped into a Tupperware tub with some salad and taken with me to work for lunch the following day. Served cold this pie was even better, making it a brilliant option for lunch boxes and picnics.
I know that on week one Nicola from www.eatwithoutwheat.blogspot.co.uk cooked up Pheasant, what did you do? It’s not to late to join in.
In week 2 BC chooses the dish from Jamie’s American book. More on that next week but I am praying to God it is not the Beer Butt Chicken!!