I adore my Big Fat Greek Family-I don’t know where I’d be without them- we are one loving, (pretty) loud, food-loving family and hosting a Sunday lunch to celebrate them and treat them to a delicious feast from Iceland was a joy.

Here’s the gang in all their glory!

family enjoy Sunday lunch together

Guests arrived for brunch and gobbled up the oven baked croissants and pain au chocolats from Iceland baked from frozen-the kids adore these and they are now a weekend breakfast staple for this family.

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I then set to work in the kitchen cooking the lamb and chicken at the same time and timed it so I popped the roast potatoes, cauliflower cheese and Yorkshire puddings so all would be ready at the same time. The steamed veg was popped into the microwave before serving too.

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Roast Potatoes from Iceland Microwavable vegetables from IcelandDespite having lots of relatives round the table, it felt like a stress-free Sunday lunch with delicious quality ingredients from Iceland.

Here are my recipes for Greek Roast Chicken and Greek Roast Lamb. I’ve shared these classic dishes on the blog before but never together along with the perfect accompaniments and side dishes as they are here.

Greek Roast Chicken

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Ingredients: (Serves 6-8)

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180° C/ Gas Mark 6
  2. Rinse and dry the chicken and then place it in the middle of a oven proof dish, rub well with the half-lemon, gently squeezing it so that the juices run onto the chicken.
  3. Lightly rub sea salt and black pepper all over the chicken, as well as into the cavity
  4. Make small scores into the skin and stud it with the garlic, also place a small amount in the cavity. Leave to marinate for 1/2 an hour in the fridge.
  5. Place one of the onions and the oregano in the cavity. Put the chicken in the middle of a oven proof dish with the other onion and the sliced lemon.
  6. Sprinkle the dried oregano all over the bird.
  7. Pour the lemon juice and olive oil all over the chicken and place the cubes of the butter on the chicken aso it will melt into dish.
  8. Cover the chicken loosely with foil and cook near the middle of the oven for approximately 20 – 25 minutes per 454g (1lb) plus 20 – 25 minutes (remove foil for the last 25 minutes).
  9. Ensure the Chicken is thoroughly cooked, no pink colour remains and juices run clear.
  10. Allow to stand 10 minutes before carving and serve with onions and juices.

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Greek Roast Lamb (or Arni Sto Fourno)

Greek roast lamb-Greek recipes

Ingredients:

  • The Butcher’s Market Whole Leg Of Lamb (2Kg)
  • 4-5 garlic cloves, peeled and quartered
  • Handful of fresh rosemary leaves
  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • 50ml Levante Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
  • 2 onions, roughly chopped

For this recipe, I defrosted the lamb in order to marinate it, however, it can also be conveniently cooked from frozen.

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C, gas mark 6.
  2. Rinse the meat and pat dry with kitchen paper. Score the lamb and press garlic rolled in salt and pepper into the slits.
  3. Rub the meat with the juice of 1/2 a lemon and salt and place in the roasting tin.
  4. Pour the olive oil and remaining lemon juice over the meat.
  5. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and oregano.
  6. Cover loosely with foil.
  7. Place into a roasting tin near the middle of the oven for 2hrs 25-35 mins.
  8. 2 hours into cooking time, remove foil, return to oven for 25-35 mins.
  9. Serve with onions and juices

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Making the delicious Yorkshire puddings is easy:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 200 degrees
  2. Remove required amount from all packaging.
  3. Place onto a baking tray near the middle of the oven for 6-8 minutes

Yorkshire Puddings from IcelandBlogger Vicki Psarias makes Yorkshire PuddingsReady Made Yorkshire Puddings

One large bag of Iceland’s Roast Potatoes was enough even for this hungry family and once again proved to be a dream to prepare in the kitchen.

To cook

  1. Pre-heat oven to 200 degrees/Gas Mark 7
  2. Remove required amount from packaging.
  3. Place in a roasting tin near top of the oven.
  4. Turn half way through cooking time
  5. Roast for 30-35 minutes in total

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And of course no roast is complete without creamy Cauliflower Cheese.

  1.  Pre-heat oven to 180 degrees / Gas Mark 6
  2. Remove from all packaging, place in an ovenproof dish (leave uncovered).
  3. Place near the middle of the oven and cook for 40 – 45 minutes until golden on top.

Cauliflower Cheese from Iceland

And last but by no means least, prep your super simple veggies – Iceland’s Peas and Sweetcorn Steam Bags

  1.  Remove bag from outer packaging (do not open or pierce bag).
  2. Place on a microwaveable plate.
  3. Cook for 3 minutes.
  4. Stand for 30 seconds.

Iceland Peas and Sweetcorn Steam Bags

And here is the finished feast – wow!

 

Greek Feast with roast lamb and roast chicken

Sunday was a chance to catch up with cousins big and small too-my 10 month old second cousin Leo is just so handsome-a smiley baby, he loved crawling around the kitchen floor as we all chatted away.

toddler children at dinner

My 5 month old baby nephew Zachary stole my heart the minute he was born, I feel like his second Mummy and it was hard to put him down.

I can’t wait until he starts eating and he can join us for Sunday lunch too! I’ve got a feeling he’s going to be a foodie like the rest of us!

newborn babyHere with my Mama and wonderful Auntie Loulla.
family fun

Everyone was fit to burst by the end but managed a slice of creamy and delicious fruit gateau of Iceland’s Luxury 12 Portion Sliced Fruit Gateau (1.5Kg).

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WHAT AN AWESOME Sunday lunch.

P.S If you are thinking of having an epic lunch to celebrate Easter do not miss these amazing deals from Iceland-

This slow cooked leg of lamb has been reduced from £15 to £10 and is a delicious leg of New Zealand lamb marinated in rosemary and garlic.

slow cooked lamb slow cooked lamb

Or are you more of a chicken-fanatic? We love this frozen boneless spatchcock chicken with garlic and herb melt- which is just £5!

chicken

And to end-this magnificent Luxury chocolate Easter Egg box makes for an epic dessert for after dinner. A dreamy chocolate mousse filled with layers of chocolate and almond crispy biscuit, chocolate sponge, meringue and dark chocolate cream, topped with chocolate eggs filled with Chantilly cream and caramel.

Easter egg dessert

Iceland Easter Egg dessert

-There is also a super offer for Easter eggs where you can pick up 2 chocolate eggs for just £5.

kids' Easter eggs

Easter eggHead to Iceland for Easter folks!
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57 Responses

  1. Carol Cameleon

    Now that’s one beautiful, natural photo filled with a whole of love and happiness. You can’t say fairer than that Vicky… Thanks for hosting #BrillBlogPosts
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  2. lizzie ( firstooth )

    It amazes me that you can create a feast completely from frozen. I’ve been following your recipes and cooking tips with ingredients all from Iceland and I’ve been so impressed. You make a gorgeous spread hun! And I think I may just have to try out our new Iceland once it’s completed x
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    • Honest Mum

      Yay so wonderful to read that, Iceland is an incredible supermarket isn’t it! Enjoy your feast and thanks for your kind comment x

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  3. Harrogate Mama

    What a lovely family you have! Those Yorkshire Puddings look particularly perfect! Love a good Yorkshire 😉 Well done cooking for all your family so beautifully 🙂
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  4. Helen

    Beautiful photography and what a feast! Your family look like you all have such a laugh together! x #brillianblogposts
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  5. Kirsty @ My Home Truths

    Two of my favourite meats plus baked spuds (yum) and creamy cauliflower cheese? Sounds like perfection to me!
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  6. Right Royal Mother

    So hungry. And it’s only 6.50am. Gosh that looks amazing … has given me some ideas for the weekend, too. Thanks for the inspiration! #brilliantblogposts
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  7. Mim

    Oh my word my mouth is watering so much at that lovely looking roast chicken – and don’t get me started on the Yorkshires! Just another reason to miss home boo hoo! Iceland needs to move to Aus too, clearly 🙂 x x #brilliantblogposts

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  8. Robina - babylists.co.uk

    Those recipes are making my tummy rumble. And I LOVE your son’s shirt! (Just seen the comment above – so annoying when you find out things are from abroad…)Great post #brillblogposts

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  9. Babes about Town

    What an unbelievable feast for the eyes and senses… and stomach of course. I love your big Greek family too and can only imagine the chaos if my fam and yours had a get together haha. Your little nephew melts my heart, so adorable. And those recipes are fantastic, would love to try the Greek roast chicken and having cooked Papa G’s lamb kleftiko to much licking of fingers, will definitely give your roast lamb a whirl. I saw another recipe the other day that called for anchovies, which intrigues but also scares me as I hate them… but curious to see what they add to the meat. Love this post x
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    • Honest Mum

      OOh yes that’s Jamie Oliver’s I think-the saltiness works really well with the lamb-do it! Aw we need a Nigerian meets Greek meet up-imagine the fun (and noise)! Love it xx

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  10. Debbie

    Hi Vicki, Iceland certainly do take the stress out of cooking a roast, giving you more time to spend with your guests. Zak looks a proper little cutie and I bet he gets spoiled rotten.

    If I were over there I’d certainly enjoy the chocolate Easter egg box.

    xx
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    • Honest Mum

      Haha that Easter egg box is amazing! Iceland really do take the stress out of cooking, it was such a fun and delicious day with the family x

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  11. becca farrelly

    Food looks great! You cant beat a good roast chicken and leg of lamb can you?! We love our sunday dinners here and always prepare way to much for our little family! I never shop at Iceland and to be honest I probably wouldn’t think too but the meal you prepared looks amazing and I love the desserts! 🙂

    #brillblogposts

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  12. Regina L. L. Wells

    Oh my gosh, how fabulous! Everything looks so delicious…especially your roasted lamb and chicken recipes. I live in the U.S., but Iceland looks fabulous. (Your chickens look better than our commercial chickens for sure!) Glad to see you and your family enjoying such a lovely brunch, Vicki! Great job! Oh, and that photo of the olive oil pouring from the bottle is beautiful…what a shot.
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  13. Mess and Merlot

    Beautifully done! I am VERY VERY spoiled as my in-laws cook a feast for the whole family every Sunday(I know!) but this looks like something even I could manage! So lovely getting the family together, especially when there is a wee cutie like your nephew to squish 🙂 #brilliantblogposts
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  14. Parenting By Nembers

    This all looks delicious, can’t wait for an Easter Sunday lunch now and borrowing some of these ideas 🙂
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  15. John Adams

    Loving the look of both recipes, especially the chicken. And there I was expecting gyros??!! Really impressed with how Icelanad’s range has grown.
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  16. Corina

    It looks gorgeous! I especially like the look of the chicken.
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  17. Nige

    Can I come this looks yummy hope you had a great time the food looks delicious thanks for hosting the #brilliantblogposts

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  18. One Messy Mama

    OMW, coming from South Africa, we are such big lamb eaters.. It is so hard to find here in the States!! Luckily came across some just in time for Easter! LOVE these recipes! Nothing better than a big family! x
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  19. Notmyyearoff

    Oh my goodness that all looks so wonderful, what a roast. I love how your family cook, “with a big hand” as my mum would say. And your gorgeous nephew has grown so much.

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  20. Nell@PigeonPairandMe.com

    That Easter egg box looks divine! And I bet the croissants and pain au chocolats would go down well in our house. Such a good idea to buy them frozen. Lovely to see your whole gorgeous family here Vicky.
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    • Honest Mum

      Thanks so much Nell, we had such a great day, I know you guys will love the croissants & pain au chocolats-we have them every weekend now x

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  21. Michelle Reeves (The Joy Chaser)

    Yum yum yum! Easter at your house lookS amazing! I never would have guessed all those items were from Iceland. Lamb is out choice this weekend and will definitely be trying it your way. Happy Easter to you and your gorgeous family darling! Xxx

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  22. Ebabee

    Wow! What a feast. That chicken and lamb look to die for. When can I come for lunch? 😉 BTW, love Xander’s shirt.

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    • Honest Mum

      Cool shirt huh-all the way from Zara Spain from his godmother, my aunt. Come over asap-a delicious feast for all is waiting xx

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