Summer Cooking and Parties

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Summer is most people’s favourite season.  Flowers bloom, the sun is out, days are longer and the weather usually holds the majority of the time for a good BBQ at the weekends.

More people tend to take the opportunity of the good weather to hold a party with family and friends, gathering people together to eat good food, catch up, and have a good time.

When the weather is good, who would want to do anything else?

If you are planning a summer filled with BBQs and garden parties, or are keen to create a summery feel in the middle of winter, then take a look at some Greek recipes for some great outdoor snack ideas.

When people hear the words Greek recipes they think of meze – a variety of complicated dips, and possibly lamb moussaka.  Well, those complicated dips are actually not that hard to accomplish and with the right blender can be easily and quickly achieved for an impromptu summer party.

In Greece they are used to sunny weather, and usually their summers are a lot hotter than the ones we experience over here in Britain.  After a day by the beach playing volley ball, or working on a tan, the Greeks will go back to their homes and tuck into a variety of dishes perfect for summer weather.

Hummus

Hummus is becoming more and more popular in this country.  It is a great dip for parties, whether you have crisps, carrot and cucumber sticks, or bread sticks to dip into it, this dip has a tang that beats all many other dips.

It also tastes great in a veggie burger – some vegetarian recipes will use similar ingredients used in hummus, like chick peas, and then smother the burger with hummus once it is cooked.

To make this popular dip simply blend together a can of chick peas, olive oil, garlic, chilli, and lemon juice depending on how spicy or lemony you like it.  Add the olive oil until you get the right consistency – this type of hummus will probably be a bit thicker than the hummus you buy in the supermarket – but the flavours will be more vibrant.

Greek Salad

A Greek salad is another favourite for summer meals.  These fresh salads are a great lunch alternative to sandwiches, and all you need is some diced cucumber, lots of sliced red onion, feta cheese – diced again, with fresh juicy tomatoes, with some black olives, drizzled with olive oil and balsamic vinegar and to your preference, black pepper.