Delicious Greek chicken soup.
Late last year I shared that my family and I were filming something top secret for telly and now, finally, all can now be revealed.
I can't believe I turned 35 last Monday! Whoop the whoop! It's only just over a week in but so far, so good people!
This is quite honestly the best rice dish in the world. A good friend of mine actually travelled the world tasting rice (and you know, holidaying) and she concluded that there's no rice quite as delicious the Olive Tree Greek Restaurant's rice so who am I to disagree. Well who am I? The owners' daughter of course-so you see disagreeing isn't an option. It is amazing though. Papa G's rice with vermicelli is incredible, crunchy, buttery, light-absolutely the perfect side dish.
This weekend saw us ensure 'passportgate' never happens again with a trip to very lush Liverpool, one of our favourite cities in the UK, to submit and order Oliver's new passport (yay)! Gloriously sunny for the most part it was ice creams at the docks and some shopping in my favourite city of style, with new jeans and shirts for Peter, Topshop frocks for I and some toys for the boys...
We're Greek Orthodox here (I was born in the UK, both my parents are originally Greek Cypriot), and as the Greek Orthodox Church uses the Julian calendar to calculate when Easter falls, not the Gregorian, our Easter fell last Sunday just gone, a week after English Easter.
My Dad, award winning restaurateur George Psarias, appeared on ITV's Britain's Best Dish-The Chefs, a few years ago with the recipe for the custard in filo pastry also appearing in the book that accompanied the series.
My own Mum is my biggest inspiration, the smartest, most selfless woman who did a cracking job of raising my brother, Solos and I and offers me crucial childcare, support and love in raising my own two sons. I literally don't know what I would do without her. I always try to make sure my mum knows how much I appreciate her. From simple spontaneous texts telling her that I love her to glamorous nights out at the opera. However, I still like to make a big fuss about her on Mother's Day. Yes its driven by commercialism but who cares! It's the one day of the year that I can dedicate to the number one woman in my life! I didn't think my mum could be more amazing if she tried, but she has surpassed herself and is kindly offering one lucky reader the chance to win a £50 voucher for my family's multi-award winning restaurant The Olive Tree to be used this Sunday (15 March 2015) as an amazing Mothers Day treat!
The family got together for a little New Year's Eve shindig at our house this year which was just so relaxed and warm, and well, overflowing with laughter and love. A mush-ball of a sentence I know, but so flipping true.
The theme of Christmas this year seemed to be relaxation for us-pure uninterrupted family time, with a self imposed social media silence allowing me to focus solely on the little ones.
My Dad George is an award winning chef, founder and owner of a group of restaurants The Olive Tree in Leeds. A dab-hand at Christmas dinner, here he shares his tips to help make your Christmas feast, amazing!
Lamb Kleftiko is a firm favourite in this house. It literally means ‘stolen’ and the name was derived during the Ottoman Empire when Greek freedom fighters stole lamb, goats or sheep and cooked the meat in clay ovens or underground to eliminate smoke not to betray their positions. The lamb was cooked very slowly until it literally fell off the bone.
This Sunday I turn 34 and on the 10th my blog turned a whopping 4! Honest Mum was officially born on the 10th of November in 2010 but like to celebrate my very FIRST POST along with my birthday!
If you caught my earlier post you'll know it's back to healthy eating for me after a summer of indulgence so I'm kicking things off with Grilled Salmon & Blanched Asparagus.
These chickpea or white broad bean patties or rissoles are very popular and much enjoyed in the Middle East. They are the national dish of Egypt where falafel is also called talamia and are welcome at any time: breakfast, lunch or supper.
A few people have recently requested my Dad's hummus recipe so I thought I'd share this archive post again this week for #Tastytuesdays. We adore this golden dip in this house as do the kids. Healthy, tasty, nutritious, it's an round winning snack or starter!
This dish of grilled octopus can be found on the Specials Board at George's award winning Greek restaurants The Olive Tree in Leeds. A popular dish served in Greek tavernas across Greece and Cyprus, we've added some chilli to give it a kick-delicious, summery food ideal for BBQ's and beyond.
It's #Tastytuesdays again and this week I bring you Papa G (quite literally) and his Brazilian themed yello-split lentil rissoles and lentil dip! Perfect for World Cup parties, family meals and fun snacks!
I am so very lucky that my family own 4 incredible, award winning renowned restaurants in Leeds-3 stunning Greek restaurants The Olive Tree (voted in the top 4 in the UK by A A Gill no less) and my favourite is The Olive Tree Rodley (below), set in a regal Victorian mansion where the Lord Mayer lived pre my parents buying it) and my brother owns a fabulous Italian, Giorgio's.
As ever Papa G is here again with his simple yet stunning Greek recipes. For those who don't know him, PG is my Dad and award winning restaurateur of the Olive Tree Greek Restaurants in Leeds.