Baldjis whole green Greek figs

Few foods evoke as much culture and history as figs.

Prominent in the bible, eponymous throughout the Greek empire and still a fixture across the landscape of contemporary Greece, the fig manages at once to represent the lushness of the Mediterranean throughout the ages and the modern charm of Greek cuisine.

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Making dolmades at home

Few foods evoke the Eastern Mediterranean culinary ethos better than dolma, a staple technique of the Greek cuisine.

While ‘dolma’ actually refers to any stuffed vegetable (eggplant, onion, peppers, etc.), the most iconic of these dishes is the stuffed vine leaf.

Often referred to in the plural, vine leaf ‘dolmades’ are most commonly stuffed with a simple rice mixture, flavoured with salt, …

The Traditions of Easter

Easter is a time of deep religious significance for many people. Over centuries, the symbols of Easter, including those of sacrifice, forgiveness and rebirth, have become incorporated into the traditions of the annual period.

Nowhere are these traditions and symbolic elements more apparent than in the foods of Easter. Though each culture varies in their dishes and ingredients, the themes that …