Food is crucial to Greek culture, but as Ancient Greek philosopher Epicurus once stated, “[w]e should look for someone to eat and drink with before looking for something to eat and drink.” It isn’t only the food that makes Greek food culture what is is; the crucial element is the social act of sharing food.

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11 May, 2021 · Food

Greek date night

Celebrating a ‘date night’ at home during lockdown has been really popular! With no restaurant nights out on offer, we’ve enjoyed a few Greek date nights ourselves. Once the kids are in bed, it’s nice to make some quality time as a couple. Lighting some candles, dressing up and opening a good bottle of wine provides a good opportunity for a treat, a relax, and a proper catch up with each other!

One crucial consideration for any date night is to choose recipes that don’t require you to be stood in front of the stove for an hour before serving - the whole point is to spend time together, isn’t it! That’s why the menu listed below features tasty recipes which don’t require lots of effort right before you dish.

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When I have guests round, I always want to make them feel welcome through my food. That’s my first priority. But I also believe that the best dinner party dishes are those that allow me to be with my guests, as host, too! I don’t mind recipes with a little prep time before hand, but I prefer to choose a recipe which can be ‘bunged in the oven’ and forgotten about whilst I greet them and we catch up. I don’t tend to choose meals which tie me to the stove.

I also like to share my passion for traditional Greek foods with my guests, whether they are Greek family and friends who I want to treat to some ‘home recipes’ or English friends who I want to introduce to Greek flavours!

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Greece has many wonderful (and sometimes strange!) cultural traditions, many of which come from the Greek Orthodox Church.

This faction of Christianity represents 90% of the Greek population, and therefore a lot of religious practices from this faith become cultural, traditional practices in Greece. This Greek recipe for Fanouropita (or Phanouropita) is one that has moved from religious practice to culinary practice, at least for me!

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Think that ‘going for a coffee’ must be a pretty universal experience the world over? Think again!

Greek coffee culture isn’t so much to do with the type of coffee (I’ll get to that!), but with the cultural role coffee plays. Unlike the commonality of ‘takeaway’ coffees here in the UK, coffee plays a crucial role in Greek social life.

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