When I was 9 years old I saw the Disney film, The Moonspinners, starring Haley Mills. It instilled in me a hunger to visit Greece, which has remained a dream for me up until this very present day. It is on my bucket list of things I want to do before I die and God willing one year I will actually make it!
Greece is set once more to become a prime holiday destination for Brits this summer, following an increase of 11% in the number visitors from the UK in 2013. Greek speciality foods producer Gaea has created a beautiful hat trick of recipes using it's authentic tapenades and top quality Greek olive oils to get sun seekers into Greek holiday mode!
Promising a heavenly taste of sun-kissed Greece, this three-course extravaganza features delicious offerings from the Gaea range, and offers a wonderfully unique chocolate mousse that combines chocolate and the finest Greek olive oil.
Enjoy your meal!
*Greek Salad Couscous with Kalamata Olive Tapenade*
Serves 4 to 6
Serves 4 to 6
extra virgin olive oil
the grated zest of one lemon
pinch of ground cinnamon
*Meat Balls with Sweet Red Pepper and Goat Cheese Tapenade*Serves 4 to 6
This is an easy to make deliciously simple recipe!
500g of ground lean beef (a generous pound)
6 to 8 TBS plain dry bread crumbs
1/4 cup pine nuts, lightly toasted (small handful)
1 small onion, peeled and finely chopped
2 cloves of garlic, peeled and finely chopped
4 TBS finely chopped green bell pepper
salt and pepper to taste
2 TBS dried mint
2 TBS ouzo
140g flour (1 cup)
cooked, warm spaghetti (optional)
Homemade Tomato Sauce (optional)
Grated cheddar, Parmesan or Greek kefalograviera cheese (optional)
Once fried, the meatballs may be eaten along, packed inside flat breads, or served covered with tomato sauce with spaghetti and for extra Greek authenticity, sprinkle with kefalograviera cheese.
*Chocolate Mousse with C.O.P. Extra Virgin Olive oil*Serves 4
chocolate flakes and whipped cream for topping
Olive oil in Greece, which dates back 4000 years, is globally acknowledged for its purity and exceptional taste. More than 80% of the Greek olive oil is extra virgin, which is the top-ranked classification category in the world. This constitutes Greece as the world’s largest producer of extra virgin olive oil. Gaea’s extra virgin olive oil’s superior quality is appreciated by the international trade, which is the reason why Gaea’s exports to all markets are constantly increasing at a fast pace. Moreover, Gaea produces the 1st Extra Virgin Olive Oils in the world that have been certified Carbon Neutral!
Natural ingredients from Gaea – the Greek “Mother Earth” are finely chopped, crushed, or blended to make Gaea’s unique tapenades. They are flavoured with other ingredients such as garlic, herbs and lemon, and can be served as a Greek- meze, the typical Greek appetizer to savour and share. Gaea’s tapenades:
Are exclusively made from natural ingredients
Are combined by traditional, authentic recipes of the oldest and healthiest Mediterranean cuisine and serving suggestions.
For more recipe suggestions check out the Recipe Folder on the Gaea website.