Greek meals

We had a routine of sorting breakfasts and lunches ourselves then enjoying wonderful tavernas in the evening.

These views can’t be beaten!

Greek salad featured very heavily every single evening! The local olives were glorious, and indeed we could not resist bringing great jars back.

Baby-Gusto really enjoyed calamari…. and local Greek sausage and chips….

Vegetarian Husband-G would make a hearty meal of Greek salad and side dishes such as these delicious casseroled beans and tomatoes

This was my stand-out meal of the week…… cod baked with tomatos, marinated grapes, raisons, pinenuts and figs.

Occasionally we would share a mezze platter which invariably featured fried cheese

Mainly we just relaxed in small cafes by the sea!

 

Greek Holiday

It has been 4 years since the Family Gusto have had a summer holiday. Work, studying and exams have all meant that although we have been fortunate enough to take little trips here and there (Lapland at Christmas being a true highlight) we have not had a holiday in the sun for some time.

The English weather has been hot for some weeks, and it has been wonderful to enjoy. But it was with no small amount of enthusiasm that we jetted off to Greece for a week of quiet sunbathing, swimming and eating.

Breakfast at Gatwick before we went we tried a restaurant Wondertree. This was a hearty and delicious meal of tortillas, beans, salsa, topped with eggs avocado and chilli. Absolutely gorgeous.

A 4 hour flight and we arrived to this perfect vista

This was taken from our terrace balcony and was the view we had every morning at breakfast.

Dinner the first night we went to a taverna and gorged on dips and bread.

This platter had tzatziki, a red peper and feta dip, taramasalata and a wonderful aubergine dish that despite being a confirmed aubergine-hater I simply could not get enough of.

Breakfasts followed exactly the same routine every day. Greek yoghurt, honey, fresh bread and butter and fruit.

We usually had lunch at the apartment and it also would feature fresh bread, vegetables, cheese or fish

 

Autumn Walks- Quarr Abbey to Ryde.

What to do on a glorious Autumn afternoon? Pack your woolly hat and woollen mittens and go for a walk of course! I started at Quarr Abbey and walked along the bridle path towards the coast. Quarr Abbey is a must-visit for anyone on the Island.Home to a small group of Benedictine monks it is a peaceful and beautiful place of significant historical and religious importance.

https://www.quarrabbey.org/site.php

These horses came over for a chat and when they realised that I was bereft of treats they sulked away.

The beautiful Binstead Church.

The end of the path. Cold and blustery with Portsmouth in the distance.

The gate at Binstead.

The ruins of the Medieval Quarr Abbey- dating from the 1100s.

Supper of crab pate and cheese and fruit.

Sunday Breakfast

When the husband is out for the day sailing there is only one thing to do- take yourself off for a delicious Sunday breakfast, at The Coast in Cowes. A definite favourite.

https://thecoastbar.co.uk/

Eggs ‘Popeye’. Toasted English muffins, spinach, smoked salmon, poached eggs and hollandaise sauce. Perfect.

Fried eggs on sour dough toast and baked beans for Baby-G. He ate the lot- even the egg yolks which was a win.

Newtown – Isle of Wight

Newtown church.

Newtown is a fascinating little village that has been settled since before the Norman conquest. It is now overseen by the National Trust and is definitely worth a visit.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Newtown%2C_Isle_of_Wight

Looking out over the marshes to the natural harbour at Newtown

Samphire in it’s natural habitat!  Samphire (also known as glasswort) is a succulent plant that grows in salty estuary areas. It is lovely eaten raw (although salty!) or cooked in a stir fry or steamed.

Newtown harbour

Cashew nut and vegetable paella at the New Inn, Shalfleet. An old favourite of ours and only a few minutes drive from Newtown. The perfect watering hole for lunch.

Roast beef and gravy.

Children’s serve of fresh cod and chips. This was so tender!

Mid Summer

England is having what is described as a heatwave. Day after glorious day of temperatures north of 28 degrees, some even hitting 30. Even I, a natual Australian, am finding this weather to be warm. It is glorious, and even more precious because it is so rare. Just three eeks* until the summer holidays, but there are no guarantees this will last and so we are trying to make the most of it while we can.

The above photo was the view of the harbour from our house at 5 .20 am this morning.

And taken 20 minutes later.

Returning home on the morning school run on the new chain ferry that crosses the river joining East and West Cowes.

A post-school run breakfast of apricots and prunes cooked in a little butter and honey with Greek yoghurt and pumpkin seeds.

Lunch was baked lamb with salad.

This is my preferred marinade or crust for a leg or rack of lamb. I mix a chopped onion, a big handful of chopped rosemary and parsley, some breadcrumbs and a tablespoon of sticky orange marmalade. The sugars in the marmalade caramelise and the result is a little hard to describe; herby, sweet and bitter.

The lamb ready to go into the oven.

Served with a salad.

 

 

 

  • eeks was a typos of weeks.However, when I think of how little of the school year there is left I do, indeed, go ‘eek’!!