my greek table

The Athens Vibe

In this love song to her adopted city, Diane explores the hip side of Athens, which tourists seldom get to see, and invites a friend and local foodie into her kitchen for a taste and talk of fascinating Athens. Under Diane's insightful guidance, we catch an insider's glimpse of everything from street art to street food, galleries to hipster bars, and life the way the locals live it in this city on the cusp of reinventing itself as one of the most exciting capitals in Europe. Nowhere is the Athens vibe more evident than in the modern but deeply rooted cuisine that defines this city's food culture today. In the kitchen, Diane pays homage to modern traditions by reinventing a few classics. She makes an easy pastitsio with wonton wrappers, gives cauliflower and feta a makeover, and, enjoys the contemporary Greek dessert that she and her friend Carolina make together. Bohemian Pastitsio; Whole Roasted Cauliflower with Feta and Honey; Mosaico, Carolina's Rocky Road No-Bake Cake.

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Ancient Grains for Modern Cooks

Diane explores the ancient grains that Greek cooks still love to use. A hearty, soul-satisfying breakfast grain called hondros, or cracked wheat, gives a great start to the day. Fresh vegetables, green apples and mint add a pop of freshness to an easy bread salad made with a classic Cretan barley rusk called dako or paximadi. Pasta tossed with Greek yogurt and half a dozen fresh herbs provides instant comfort with a taste that's quintessentially Greek.

  • 2020-01-26T00:00:00-08:00
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Olive Oil Everything

Emerald green Greek extra virgin olive oil is the star of this show, as it flows from tree to kitchen with a stop in between at the massage table. Diane goes on a journey to the stunningly preserved town of Monemvasia in the Peloponnese. Greece's liquid gold transforms a simple vegetable medley into a luscious dish and slips between the folds of billowy rice and greens in a succulent pilaf spiked with a squeeze of lemon juice. Olive oil gives dessert a distinct character too. It's a primary ingredient in Halva, an earthy pudding-like creation spiked with dried fruits, orange zest and nuts.

  • 2020-02-02T00:00:00-08:00
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Meze Society

Diane explores the meze tradition of small plates of vibrant food meant to be shared. In Volos, she meets up with a Meze meister who creates traditional meze dishes and heads off for a sip and a bite to a cutting-edge restaurant where they push the limits of meze. She uncovers the vast variety and robust flavors of the meze table and invites a wine expert into the kitchen for advice on what to pair when the meal includes spice, yogurt, cheese, crunch, comfort, seafood, meat and more, all in one sitting.

  • 2020-02-09T00:00:00-08:00
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A Bit of Greek Red Wine

Go on a picnic at a vineyard in Naoussa where one grape dominates the table: the local Xinomavro (pronounced xee NOE ma vroe), one of Greece's noblest reds. This delicious, tannic wine pairs perfectly with a cheese and spice stuffed leg of lamb and is the key ingredient in succulent red wine and sage potatoes. Red wine with fish is on the menu, too. Diane makes an easy sea bass and mushroom dish with a splash of Greece's revered northern red. On the wine trail, she also discovers bread, cookies and chocolate truffles all spiked with this hard-to-pronounce but easy-to-love Greek varietal.

  • 2020-02-16T00:00:00-08:00
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