How to wash fruit and vegetables

According to The Environmental Working Group (EWG), at least one pesticide remains on 63 percent of commonly purchased produce even after it was washed. Pesticides are chemical toxins which are linked to health risks such a hormone disruption, skin, eye and lung irritation, brain and nervous system toxicity, and cancer. Knowing how to clean excess pesticides off your fruit and vegetables is as important as eating your five a day.

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Roasted sea bream

“Fish always needs salt and lemon”, is what my father always taught me. Fresh fish and seafood is undoubtedly a favourite food in our household, and no matter how many different recipes I’ve tried, we always fall back on the fail-proof salt and lemon version. Roasting a whole fish this way, with lots of seasonal fresh herbs, can easily turn a plain meal into a nutritious show stopping main with only a few inexpensive ingredients.

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Irini Savva
Grilled halloumi salad

When Michael, my eldest son, was a toddler he became lactose intolerant for about a year. We cut out yoghurt and most cheeses except for one - goat and sheep’s milk halloumi. He didn’t react at all with this cheese and we used it grated over pasta in place of parmesan cheese. Even though he is no longer lactose intolerant, he grew so fond of this cheese that it’s still one of his favourite pasta toppings.

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Salmon keftedes

Keftedes or keftedakia are small balls of meat usually made with pork or beef but can also be made vegetarian with seasonal vegetables such as tomatoes or courgettes. Traditionally fried in oil, they can also be grilled and are loved by both kids and adults alike. They make for a simple and inexpensive weekday meal and are convenient for lunchbox leftovers or healthy on-the-go snacks.

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Chocolate and walnut baklava roll

This moreish chocolate and walnut filled baklava, drenched in a honey syrup, has to be one of my favourite versions of the classic Greek dessert. If you’re a fan of this crispy layered pastry you’re probably also aware that the recipe usually contains a lot of butter and sugar. This month I’m sharing a healthier recipe using only honey as a sweetener and a few ingredients with big flavours, such as walnuts, 70% dark chocolate, cinnamon, rose water, and lemon.

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Lemon roasted root vegetables

Lemonata is the Greek word used to describe foods cooked in lemon. The most famous dish being kota lemonata which is lemon chicken. The lemon is such an important ingredient in Greek cuisine that most families grow their own lemon tree to provide plenty of fresh lemons for salads and in cooking. 

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Slow roasted leg of lamb

Have you ever had a recipe that you keep going back to no matter how many new recipes you’ve tried? The second part in my series of festive recipes is one of those recipes - slow roasted leg of lamb. I’ve been making this exact same recipe for over 20 years and it never fails me. It’s easy, straight forward and uses fresh whole food ingredients for flavouring. If you enjoy tender, fall-off the bone meat, you will enjoy this but you do need to plan ahead as it takes at least 4 hours of waiting, depending on the size of your joint. The slow cooking method is one of my absolute favourite ways to cook lamb and since we’re not turkey lovers, lamb is my go-to for Christmas dinner.

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Melomakarona

It’s finally December and I can’t wait to share some of my favourite Christmas recipes. What better way to start off festive season with these honey dipped beauties – Melomakarona. They are often baked at Christmas time, have all the usual flavours of Christmas – cinnamon, orange zest and honey.

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