I dream of being that person who breezes through airports with nothing other than a book, some cash and a passport. Of course it’s possible for me to do this on the outbound journey but inbound – look out and clear the overhead cabins people! My weakness for Duty Free shops means I’m the one who boards the plane lugging a sack full of clinking jugs and jars, tubs and tubes, pots and plastic packets of munchable miscellania.
Today’s cupboard stock check of internationally acquired food includes: oregano, feta, honey, a single sesame snack bar and kalamata olive paste from Greece, Portuguese coffee beans (does anyone have a grinder I can borrow?!), a bounty from Italy – peperoncini piccanti di Campania e Calabria, polenta, funghi porcini, pomodori di San Marzano, bootleg bottles of mirto and grappa, sea salt from France, a potent German digestivo called Killepitsch, Mexican chipotle hot sauce and a bumper pack of dried spices from India including turmeric, coriander, mustard seed, cumin, cardamom, clove, star anise, fenugreek, nutmeg, and nutmace. Nutwhat? Nutmace.
So with a little inspiration from a recent trip to Santorini and quite possibly the prettiest cookbook I own, I cracked out a Greek Salad yesterday afternoon – the first dish in La Cochonette’s Duty Free Deliciousness series where travel inspires food and food inspires travel. Bon appétit et bon voyage!