Fried mussels done Greek style, with Mediterranean spices in the flour and served with garlicky skordalia dipping sauce.
I haven’t bought meat or fish more than a handful of times in more than a decade. Octopus is my exception. I love grilled octopus, especially Greek style. Baby octos served as a meze, a Greek appetizer, is one of my favorite things to eat in summertime.
A Greek-inspired venison stew slowly simmered with all sorts of wild greens, from dandelions to lamb’s quarters to wild fennel, amaranth, orache — really whatever you can find. Of course this is also great with turnip or mustard greens, kale or collards, too.
If these look kinda-sorta like venison tacos, it’s because lots of cultures love to grill meats, stick them on a flatbread and add vegetables and some kind of awesome sauce. That’s exactly what this is, done Greek style.
I don’t eat a lot of sweet things, but I do have a soft spot for cookies. These I call “Bacchus Biscuits,” and they’re my take on a Greek fennel seed cookie. It’s like a shortbread cookie, not too sweet, with toasted fennel seeds in it. They last a while and are great as a quick snack.
It’s not often I remake a five-year-old recipe and change nothing. This Greek meatball recipe — venison (or lamb), bulgur wheat, oregano and a Greek tomato sauce — is one such dish. Nice to know some dishes hold up well over time.
As we close out summer, I refuse to give up the grill just yet. And while I did not actually catch these little octopi, I just had to share with you one of my favorite appetizers of all time: Grilled baby octopus, a Greek classic.
My fig tree is exploding with fruit right now, so I decided to revise my recipe for an old favorite: Fig jam, spiked with ouzo, lemon and bay. I don’t eat too much jam and jelly, but this one is absolutely worth your effort.