Looking for a gift for the gourmet in your life? Be inspired by the delicious delights of Greek food. Here are 10 great products that are easy to find outside of Greece. Why not pop a few in your basket, or use them as a basis for a hamper or gift box?
Perfect for Hellenophiles or for recreating a taste of your Greece trip back home. Pop in a bottle of ouzo to Greek it out to the max.
A bowl of Greek yoghurt, honey and walnuts is the simplest way to recreate your Greek vacay. This single origin wild thyme honey from Mount Parnassos is pure, raw and unpasteurized, and perfect for a breakfast topping.
Satisfy a sweet tooth with a box of loukoumi (that’s the Greek version of Turkish delight if you’ve never heard of it). Flavours include orange, rose, and the traditional mastic flavour which is a bit of an acquired taste, it must be said.
GREEK OLIVE OIL
Those who are fond of cooking will no doubt appreciate a bottle of good quality Greek olive oil, the basis of so many dishes. This EVOO is sourced from the Olympia region and has a well-rounded flavour profile.
Want to conjure up those tasty Greek dishes at home? You will need dried oregano – and plenty of it. Of course, you can find this at home, but Greek oregano is known for its particularly strong flavour.
HONEY, OLIVES, OCTOPUS
This is one for the armchair traveller as well as the home cook. Christopher Makken tells the story of Greek food through its landscapes and producers. This is evocative travel writing accompanied by a few ideas for dishes, rather than a traditional cookbook.
There are many variations of halva in Greece and the surrounding countries, but my favourite is the super-sweet sesame version which comes in dense marbled slabs, often swirled with chocolate. This one is flavoured with bitter chocolate and almonds and makes a fine present.
Who doesn’t love baklava? Sticky and sweet layers of pastry combined with chopped nuts, honey, and sometimes cinnamon. It’s a perfect stocking filler or addition to a hamper.
Vefa’s Kitchen is the classic Greek cook. It’s a weighty and encyclopaedic volume featuring recipes from all over Greece – this is the one to get if you’re looking to recreate the taste of Yiayia’s meals. Thankfully most Greek dishes are simple to prepare so this book suitable for all levels.
It’s a time-honoured tradition in Greece – and a gesture of hospitality – to welcome guests with a small serving of a spoon sweet in a small dish with a spoon. The quince version goes particularly well with Greek yoghurt and so works equally well with breakfast or as an after-dinner sweet. This one is produced by a women’s co-op in Thessaloniki.
I’M JUST HERE FOR THE BAKLAVA T-SHIRT
Got a habit of turning up for the Greek festivals at your local orthodox church and scarfing all of their food? Then this t-shirt is for you. You might want to order in a loose size to leave room for your food baby.
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