Mediterranean recipes from the Traveller’s Table – plus giveaway

There’s something special about the dishes you eat on holiday in the Mediterranean. Perhaps it’s the warmth of good times with friends and family. Perhaps it’s that you’re tasting food that’s locally grown and bursting with flavour. Somehow you can taste the sunshine in every mouthful.

Mediterranean recipes from the Traveller's Table

Leafing through the colourful photos and recipes in The Traveller’s Table cookery book brought back happy memories of the meals I’ve eaten in Greece and Turkey. I even tried out a few of the recipes for Sunday lunch at home which you can see below. If your mouth is watering by the end, enter my giveaway to win one of five copies of the Traveller’s Table cookery book that I have to give away.

Greek Taverna at lunchtime on Zakynthos

Greek Taverna at lunchtime on Zakynthos

About the Traveller’s Table

The Traveller’s Table recipe book was created by globetrotting couple, Chris and Carolyn Caldicott who ran the World Food Café in Covent Garden and now share their love of food through cookery books, writing and photography. Together with Simpson Travel, who offer luxurious handpicked villas, apartments and hotels in Corsica, Greece, Mallorca and Turkey, they have created a collection of simple, authentic and delicious recipes that are soaked in Mediterranean sunshine. Read on as I recreate some of the recipes from the book to enjoy at home and put you in the mood for planning your next holiday. Don’t forget I have 5 copies to give away at the end of the article.

Shaved fennel salad with clementines and capers

This refreshing salad of shaved fennel, oranges and capers is in the Corsica section of the book and although I haven’t been to Corsica it looked so pretty that I couldn’t resist. The fennel and oranges are freshly available at this time of year yet the vibrant colours make you feel that summer is already here. The salad makes a great first course to eat before the lamb or as an accompaniment to some cold meats and cheeses.

Shaved Fennel salad with clementines and capers from the Traveller's Table Photo: Heatheronhertravels.com

Shaved Fennel salad with clementines and capers from the Traveller’s Table

Ingredients 2 medium fennel bulbs | 3 clementines peeled and sliced or 2 large oranges | 2 spring onions thinly sliced | 2 tsp capers | Mint leaves

Dressing 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil | Juice of half a small lemon | a few sprigs of thyme, stripping the leaves from the stalks | Salt and freshly ground pepper

Sea view on Zakynthos, Greece

Lunch by the sea on Zakynthos, Greece

To make

  • Trim the top and bottom of the fennel and cut in half lengthways, then slice very finely using a mandolin.
  • Arrange the fennel with the slices of clementine or oranges, sprinkling with capers, mint and spring onions.
  • Mix the dressing ingredients and pour over the salad leaving in the fridge for the flavours to combine.

My Tip – the trick is to shave the fennel as finely as possible using the mandolin (taking care not to shave your fingers in the process)

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Kleftico inspired Barbecued lamb

This dish is inspired by a Greek classic and reminds me of the lamb kleftico that my sister serves in her restaurant in Greece. The recipe is said to have been created by bandits hiding in the hills who would slowly cook lamb in a pit in the ground so that there would be no smoke from the fire to betray their location. The herbs for the marinade and wild horta greens that are served with this dish would be easily found on any Greek hillside. These days the dish is slowly cooked in a closed earthenware pot with a rich tomato sauce and the typically Ottoman influence of the addition of cinnamon.

Kleftico inspired Barbecued lamb with horta salad from The Traveller's Table Photo: Heatheronhertravels.com

Kleftico inspired Barbecued lamb with horta salad from The Traveller’s Table

Most Greeks would have a veg patch with tomatoes and greens growing at the back on their house, although I used fresh spinach leaves which are more readily available in the UK. The slow cooked lamb is something I’ve often seen my sister’s Greek mother in law put in the oven, although the Greek version does not stint on the olive oil. Why would you when you have a cellar full of oil pressed from your own trees? Read my article on how to make delicious Greek stuffed tomatoes

Home grown tomatoes in Greece

Home grown tomatoes in Greece

This dish uses the same kleftico fresh herbs and spices for a version that’s quick and easy to make, pop in the fridge to marinade and then cook on a summer barbecue or in the oven for Sunday lunch. The Greeks tend to eat their main meal at lunchtime and this would be served even in summer, followed by a nice long siesta!

Kleftico inspired Barbecued lamb from The Traveller's Table Photo: Heatheronhertravels.com

Kleftico inspired Barbecued lamb from The Traveller’s Table

Ingredients 6 thick lamb chops or cutlets (1 or 2 per person)

For the marinade 3 tbsp olive oil | juice and zest of 1 lemon | 3 crushed garlic cloves | 2 tbsp red wine | 1 tbsp chopped rosemary | 1 tsp dried or fresh thyme | 1 tsp cinnamon | 3 torn bayleaves

Fresh tomatoes, garlic and spinach from The Traveller's Table Photo: Heatheronhertravels.com

Fresh tomatoes, garlic and spinach from The Traveller’s Table

To Make

  • Put the lamb chops in a shallow dish, mix the marinade ingredients and pour over, leaving overnight in the fridge.
  • The next day, cook the chops over a barbecue or in the oven and serve with lightly cooked spring greens such as horta or spinach with grilled tomatoes halves.
  • The potato and courgette Boureki recipe below works well to accompany the lamb.
Kleftico inspired Barbecued lamb from The Traveller's Table Photo: Heatheronhertravels.com

Kleftico inspired Barbecued lamb from The Traveller’s Table

My Tip – Don’t overcook the lamb chops or they will dry out – keep basting with the marinade so they stay juicy.

View of Zakynthos, Greece

View of Zakynthos, Greece

This is the view of Zakynthos from the house of my sister’s Greek aunt who often invites us for lovely long lunches with lots of delicious Greek dishes. Read about some of the other Greek dishes we’ve enjoyed here.

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Cretan Courgette and Potato Boureki

This dish was ideal to accompany the lamb, using potatoes and courgettes that would be in every Greek vegetable patch together with local cheese that you might be storing in your cellar covered in olive oil to preserve it. I could eat that crispy cheese topping all day!

Cretan courgette and potato Boureki from the Traveller's Table Photo: Heatheronhertravels.com

Cretan courgette and potato Boureki from the Traveller’s Table

Ingredients 4 medium size waxy potatoes peeled and thinly sliced | 4 medium courgettes thinly sliced | 150 g ricotta cheese and 150 g crumbled feta cheese (or if in Greece use mizithra or anthotyros cheese) | 350ml whole milk | Dried mint, salt, fresh ground black pepper | 125g graviera or gruyere cheese grated

Cretan courgette and potato Boureki from the Traveller's Table Photo: Heatheronhertravels.com

Cretan courgette and potato Boureki from the Traveller’s Table

To Make

  • Arrange the slices of potato and courgettes in layers in an oven proof dish, sprinkling the mint, salt and pepper as well as small pieces of crumbled feta cheese between each layer.
  • Once you have filled the dish, mix the ricotta cheese with the milk and pour over the potatoes and courgettes
  • Sprinkle the grated graviere or gruyere over the top of the dish
  • Bake in a preheated oven at 190C or gas mark 5 for 35-45 minutes until the potato and courgettes are soft and the cheese makes a brown crusty topping.
Stuffed peppers in Turkey

Stuffed peppers in Turkey

Baked red peppers stuffed with jewelled pilaf

When I was in Turkey on a cruise last summer, we spent the day at a beautiful Turkish country house where we learned to cook some traditional dishes like these stuffed peppers. The memories of eating the lunch that we’d made under a shady pergola, followed by tiny cups of strong Turkish coffee still makes me smile, so I decided to cook these baked red peppers stuffed with a spiced pilaf rice. Read about my day cooking Turkish style here.

Red peppers stuffed with jewelled Pilav from the Traveller's Table Photo: Heatheronhertravels.com

Red peppers stuffed with jewelled Pilav from the Traveller’s Table

Ingredients 1.5 mugs of long-grain rice | 2 tbsp olive oil plus 2 tbsp butter | 1 medium onion diced | 4 cloves garlic finely chopped| 2 tbsp pine nuts | 2 tbsp pistachios chopped | 1 tsp cinnamon | 1 tsp cumin | 1 tsp ground allspice | ½ tsp ground pepper | 1 tsp dried oregano |1 tsp dried mint | 2 tbsp raisins |2 tbsp dried apricots chopped

Red peppers stuffed with jewelled Pilav from the Traveller's Table

Red peppers stuffed with jewelled Pilav from the Traveller’s Table

To make

  • Rinse the rise in cold water and drain. Heat the butter and oil in a pan then gently saute the onion, garlic, pine nuts, pistachios until golden. Add the spices and herbs, then the rice and stir all together.
  • Add 1.5 mugs cold water , the raisins and apricots and simmer until the rice is cooked and the water absorbed.
  • Cut the tops off the peppers and remove the seeds and core, fill with the pilaf rice mixture and replace the tops.
  • Sit the peppers in a shallow dish and add a cup of boiling water around the base, some olive oil and honey or pekmez (pomegranate molasses)
  • Cook in the oven for 35-40 minutes on a medium heat or in a covered pan on the top of the stove.
  • Serve with olives and crumbled feta cheese.
Red peppers stuffed with jewelled Pilav from the Traveller's Table Photo: Heatheronhertravels.com

Red peppers stuffed with jewelled Pilav from the Traveller’s Table

The peppers are delicious, with sweet flavours of dried fruit and spices that hark back to Ottoman times. This would make a great dish to serve vegetarian guests with cheese and olives.

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Kleftico inspired Barbecued lamb from The Traveller's Table Photo: Heatheronhertravels.com

Kleftico inspired Barbecued lamb from The Traveller’s Table

If you enjoyed a taste of the Mediterranean from The Traveller’s Table you can download the digital version of the book here, or if you’d like to have your own copy (believe me it’s a beautiful book full of delicious recipes) enter my Giveaway below.

Which of the recipes would you cook? Do you have happy memories of great food in the Mediterranean? Do let me know in the comments.

About Simpson Travel

This article was brought to you in partnership with Simpson Travel who offer a unique collection of villas, apartments and hotels in Corsica, Greece, Mallorca and Turkey. The destinations were chosen for the richness of the experiences they offer, from a mountain hike, a boat trip around the coast to an exploration of history and heritage. Check out the Simpson Travel website or follow them on Social Media: Twitter| Facebook | Pinterest |Google+

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Win a luxury ski holiday in Val d’Isere with Le Chardon chalets

My first introduction to ski-ing was in my twenties when I spent a season as an au-pair in the French Alps. I remember being taken up the mountain as a complete novice only to tumble my way down the slopes through fresh powder on what felt like a black run but was probably only blue. Since then we’ve had quite a few happy family ski holidays and my kids have grown up as keen skiers and snowboarders, while I’ve been happy to potter down the easier runs, stopping now and then for a chocolat chaud.

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I think the luxurious Le Chardon Ski Chalets in Val d’Isere would suit me down to the ground, providing a comfortable and stylish bolthole to retreat to, leaving the rest of the family to get on with the serious business of ski-ing. The five luxury catered ski chalets sleep between 10 and 20 people, offering a ski-in, ski-out location and access to the 300km of pistes of Val d’Isere and the neighbouring resort of Tignes. If you fancy a luxurious ski break you could win a chalet holiday for two in the Le Chardon competition which you can enter here – more details of that in a moment. But first let’s take a closer look at what your ski holiday could look like this year….

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Le Chardon Mountain Lodges in Val d’Isere

Why Val d’Isere?

Here are just a few of the reasons to choose Val d’Isere for your skiing holiday this year;

  • At an altitude of 1850 metres it has one of the longest winter ski seasons in Europe, from the end of November to the first week of May.
  • The Espace Killy ski area, comprising Val d’Isere and neighbouring Tignes offers 300km of marked pistes with something for everyone, from the complete beginner to the advanced skier.
  • The resort is easy to access from Geneva Airport with multiple flights from the UK each day.
  • If you have members of your group who are less committed ski-ers (hands up here) there’s plenty to keep them happy from husky sleigh rides, ice skating and cross-country ski, to swimming and spa at the Centre Aquasportif.
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Le Chardon Mountain Lodges in Val d’Isere

If you already mentally enjoying your 7 night luxury ski holiday at Le Chardon Mountain Lodges, head over to the competition page now to enter. Meanwhile, here are a few more reasons to choose Le Chardon for your ski holiday;

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Le Chardon Mountain Lodges in Val d’Isere

Why Le Chardon Mountain Lodges?

  • Each of the five mountain lodges is individually styled with luxury touches like marble en suite bathrooms, crisp bedlinen, gorgeous textiles, natural wood and stone and of course a cozy fire burning.
  • You’ll be pampered by a team of professional staff in each chalet including a chef, chalet manager, chalet hosts, in-resort concierge and chauffeur service.
  • Le Chardon is a family-run business offering personal service and extra flexibility for any special guest requirements.
  • Your stay will be a gastronomic experience, using local produce like the cheese from the cows that graze in front of the chalets, including cooked breakfast and afternoon tea, champagne and canapés, 3 course gourmet evening meal, with an open bar of wines, beers and spirits.
  • The chalets are in a ski-in, ski-out location on the side of the Solaise mountain offering access to the whole Espace-Killy ski area of Val d’Isere and Tignes.
  • The chalets offer hot tubs, sauna and treatment rooms where beauty and spa treatments can be arranged.

So unless you need any more convincing, head over to enter the competition on the link below.

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Le Chardon Mountain Lodges in Val d’Isere

Enter to win a 5 star chalet holiday with Le Chardon

In order to enter to win this luxury chalet holiday you’ll need to watch the video below and answer a simple question on the competition page.

You can enter the competition here and the full terms and conditions are here but you could win a luxury chalet holiday that includes;

  • Transfers from Geneva Airport to Le Chardon Mountain Lodges
  • 7 nights luxury lodge accommodation for two (sharing a room)
  • 6 nights catered chalet board (coffee/tea in bed, cooked & continental breakfast, afternoon tea, gourmet five course evening meal and open bar including champagne, house wine, beers and spirits)
  • Pre-arrival and in-resort concierge
  • Dedicated chalet team and in-resort chauffeur service to 2am
  • 1 week ski hire for two from Oxygene
  • Note: you need to cover your own flight to Geneva and any ski lessons your require.
  • Dates of accommodation can be chosen from: 24th Jan – 31st Jan ’16, 31st Jan – 7th Feb ’16, 7th Feb – 14th Feb ’16 and 20th Mar – 27th Mar ’16.
  • Entries close on 31st October 2015 at midnight and the winner will be announced by the 6th November 2015.

Best of luck!

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Enter my £200 giveaway from Zalando – with Venice inspiration

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To celebrate the spring weather and my recent trip to Venice I have a very special giveaway to share with you in partnership with online clothing retailer, Zalando. If you’ve got a holiday planned in the next month or two, you won’t need any excuse to look at a few new items for your spring/summer wardrobe and I can provide just the inspiration you might need from my Venice weekend. Read on to find out how you can win a £200 Zalando voucher to spend on clothing for your next holiday.

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Gondolas in St Mark’s square, Venice

Inspired by the blue gondolas and the lagoon in Venice

Inspired by the blue of the lagoon and the gondolas moored on the edge of St Mark’s square, I’ve chosen some pieces that will keep you stylish but cosy in the breezes on the lagoon as you take a water taxi to explore the backwaters of Venice. Clambering in an out of a boat is not the place to wear your tottering heels, so for that gondola ride, choose jeans and flats and take your fashion cue from the navy striped t-shirts of the gondoliers.

Slide1Michael Kors Navy trench coat £250, Michael Kors Camila Tortoiseshell sunglasses £90, Michael Kors Jet-set travel tote bag £250, Boss orange Isabelle blue cardigan £150, Repeat blouse £160. Find them all in the Premium section of the Zalando website.

Inspired by the mellow teracotta palazzos on the Grand Canal at sunset

One of our favourite places to visit in Venice is the Peggy Guggenheim collection in the Dorsoduro district, with a beautiful sculpture garden and a long, elegant building filled with all the greatest modern artists. There is a wonderful terrace from where I took this photo where you can sit and watch the traffic on the Grand Canal, with waterbuses, taxis and gondolas all passing by.

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Mellow teracotta palazzos on the Grand Canal – view from the Peggu Guggenheim in Venice

I love the washed out ochre and teracotta shades of the palazzos that line the Grand Canal, colours that you will see along all the side canals too. In the evening you’ll want to find the small wine bars where the locals go for an Aperol spritz, glass of prosecco and a few cicchetti to nibble, followed by dinner in a quiet square well away from San Marco and all the tourists. I’ve chosen some dresses that will be perfect for your evening inspired by those sunset colours of the aperitivo and the teracotta facades and rooftiles.

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Versace jeans maxi dress in rosso £145, 2nd Day Vega silk sleeveless top £100, Michael Kors Kathumar summer dress in grenadine £160, Rayban Erika sunnies in red/silver £95 – available on the Zalando website

Inspired by the white facade of San Georgio Maggiore

If you want an alternative view of Venice, take the short water taxi ride from St Mark’s square to the church of San Giorgio Maggiore where you can climb the campanile without the long queues you’ll find in St Mark’s square. This is where every bride and groom who marry in Venice come to have their wedding photos taken with the familiar view of the lagoon and San Marco in the background.

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Church of San Giorgio Maggiore in Venice

The church of San Giorgio Maggiore was carefully positioned so that its facade is lit by the evening sun, glowing white across the lagoon. Inspired by the white frontage of the church I’ve chosen some pieces that will be elegant for sightseeing and take you through to evening for a stroll and a drink as the sun sets.

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Boss Orange Coolettee white mesh dress £150, Kartell SOK gold sandals £60, Burberry nude/black sunnies £135, DKNY Heritage rucksack £195, True Religion Halle Slim fit white jeans £170 – available on the Zalando website

If you’d like to win a £200 voucher to spend on your new spring wardrobe from Zalando here’s what you need to do;

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I can recommend staying in an apartment which gives you more space and flexibility for your money – we found ours through Go with Oh using the voucher that I won in the Passports with Purpose fundraiser that was hosted by Murissa at The Wonderful Traveler. I can also highly recommend taking a tour with Walks of Italy – we took their boat tour of Venice which included a visit to San Georgio Maggiore.

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