Halkidiki sea-Honest MumHalkidiki-GreeceHaving recently returned from stunning Halkidiki, I had to share some foodie stills from our time there. The abundant fruit growing from trees (including vineyards, pomegranate and banana trees) and olive trees of course as far as the eye could see meant eating seasonal, fresh food every day!

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olives-Honest Mumpomegranates on a tree-Honest Mumbanana tree-Honest MumDays were spent eating at either the Flegra Palace Hotel or little tavernas nearby where we feasted on fresh seafood, grilled mixed kebabs (pork, lamb and chicken), Greek salad (they include peppers in their version)-lots of fruit and an abundance of olives too of course!

So like my every day life pretty much without the sea and 35 degree heat! It was bliss.

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Alexander expertly squeezes lemon over delicately fried calamari!

Alexander eating

Tasty Greek salad-perfect on it’s own or as a side dish!

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You can read more about our week in Greece in my post Our Holiday in Halkidiki.

Hmmm a platter of fresh fish-mackerel, sardines, seabass and mussels.

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Mixed kebabs with chips by the sea made for a perfect lunch!

kebab and chips

And the cakes, oh wow, the Greek Patisseries (Zaharoplastia) are an institution in Greece and Cyprus and my jeans sure are feeling a little tight on my return home (but it was worth it)!

Hello homemade bread and pretzels!

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Pretty Greek cakes…

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Greek cake-Honest MumIt’s traditional to take cakes or even a whole gateaux to a friend’s house when you visit (watch out for Greeks bearing gifts if you’re on a diet then)…but just look at this beauty!

strawberry and chocolate gateaux

And this chocolate glazed, cream filled donut my friends, was DIVINE!

chocolate donut-Honest MumOliver loved his syrupy donut too!

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Alexander preferred creamy chocolate ice cream to cakes and cleverly managed to consume quite a few while we were away! Well the stuff that didn’t make his face that is!

ice cream-Honest MumI’ve also shared a recipe for the mixed fish platter below if you fancy grilling some of getting the BBQ going for a late summer feast!

RECIPE for FISH PLATTER

Ingredients:

  • 237 ml extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • Zest and juice of 2 lemons
  • 2 tablespoons chopped flat parsley
  • sea salt
  • 2 sea bass
  • 2 mackerel
  • 350g mussels (in shells)
  • 12 green prawns, peeled (tails intact), deveined
  • 2 fresh lemons cut in half
  • ground black pepper

Method:

Combine the olive oil, garlic, lemon juice, zest and sea salt in a medium bowl, then brush over all the fish.

Heat the oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Place the fish in a deep tray leaving the prawns and clams out. Cook the mackerel, sea bass and sardines for 12 minutes. Add the prawns and mussels and cook for 3-4 minutes. When the mussels open and the prawns are opaque, transfer all fish to a platter/ large serving dish. Serve with parsley, fresh lemon and season with salt and pepper.

…You can find my Dad’s recipes for Calamari and Greek salad on the blog of course!

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38 Responses

  1. Mari

    Wow what a fabulous holiday. I’ve never been to that part of the world but have every finger crossed that I make it there one day.
    Gorgeous photography Vicki and the food ….
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  2. Alison

    Oh my goodness what amazing food and gorgeous pictures. It looks idyllic
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  3. jenny paulin

    oh no please stop it with all the yummy food, my tummy is rumbling x
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  4. Sonia Constant

    WOW this looks awesome, your holiday is getting me excited (ours is next week). Love the photos as always and you are right the bakery looks amazing! WOW!!!! 🙂
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  5. Alida

    I love, oh I love this post! Your photos are beautiful. I have only been to Corfu many years ago but I really feel I should visit Greece properly. I love Mediterranean food and Greece has fabulous summery and fresh food. Your photos make me feel happy!
    Thank you for sharing. You had a fab holiday.
    I am entering this pasta recipe which was very tasty indeed. Thank you for hosting! x

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  6. Hannah Mums' Days

    This post should be illegal!!! The food just looks amazing and basically like eating in your parents’ restaurant but in 35 degrees heat – that’s my idea of heaven right there!
    xxx
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  7. Mummy Tries

    I am salivating here… oh my word it all looks amazing. Love this recipe too. Sounds like you had a great trip lovely lady. Welcome home xxx
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  8. Sharmin

    Wow, such mouthering pics, gorgeous. Everything about this place just looks amazing and the kids look so cute. The pastries look to die for. So want to try them. Linking up to Tasty Tuesdays again, now that I finally updated my blog again 😉 xxx
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  9. Sophie at Franglaise Cooking

    Drool, drool, drool! This all looks incredible. There’s something about holiday food that just makes a holiday for me – my jeans are definitely feeling far tighter after our French holiday!
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  10. Angela

    Wow, it looks like you had a fantastic holiday. The doughnut with the chocolate icing looks amazing, as does the fruit glazed cake. Right up my street.

    Thanks for the linkup.

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  11. PottyMouthedMummy

    Oh my this all looks absolutely delicious, looking at this before lunch time was probably a very bad idea!!!! xxx
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  12. Laura Evelyn Bee

    What gorgeous photographs! The food looks absolutely divine!!!
    Looks like you had an amazing time!
    x
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  13. Ciara (@My Fussy Eater)

    Looks like you had a fantastic time. I’m loving all the food shots. Calamari is my absolute favourite so I’m very jealous right now!
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  14. becky

    Well Jenson wants to go on hoyiday (holiday to me and you!!) there too! He wants to eat nem cakes but hes not sure about the snails on the plate (I explained they werent snails, and they were mussels…but obviously been 3 he is always right and was having non of it! Headng over to look at your holiday post and get even more jealous!! xx
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  15. Steph @MisplacedBrit

    Gorgeous photos from your holiday, and it looks like your little man loved all the food!
    – The shot of the olives is stunning by the way!
    …I was laughing last night while finishing my post, when I realized that after your beautiful comment on all my baking, I was about to link up a Green Monster Cake, made from leftovers!! …Does re-inventing a previous recipe count as a #tastytuesday?! I promise my next one won’t be another re-make! 🙂

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    • honestmum

      You can link a remake sweetie and thanks for your kind words, husband took some beautiful shots didn’t he-shame he’s not in any pics though x

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