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. Finally, trahana, an unusual grain product made... [see more] with milk and dried in the sun, turns a simple braised eggplant dish into something exotic and irresistible. Learn how to incorporate timeless ancient grains into every meal of the day.Oatmeal move over, ancient porridge with dried fruits and Greek honeyDako, Cretan bread salad with tomatoes, green apples & herbsPasta tossed with lemon-yogurt and herbs Sea bass fillets with bulgur pilaf Eggplant braised with trahana
Hosted by chef, cookbook author and restaurateur Diane Kochilas, the 13-part culinary series MY GREEK TABLE WITH DIANE KOCHILAS celebrates Greek history and culture through food. In the series, Diane travels throughout Greece and its surrounding islands where she showcases many of the foods that Greece is known for (olive oil, feta, honey, yogurt and more), while giving a snapshot of the country's traditions. Then Diane heads back to her kitchen to whip up simple home-cooked meals using the ingredients she highlights in each episode, offering tips on how to cook and pair them in a traditional Greek meal.