The 3R's - Recipes, Reflections and Reminiscences
A note from the author
For twelve years Greece, in particular the islands, became a key focus in our lives. If we were not planning a trip, or counting down the days to our next airport run, or learning the language, or talking about our experiences, or listening to the indigenous music; then during the summer months we were growing Greece in our garden and cooking Greece in my kitchen, or on Peter's BBQ. The outcome is this book; a compilation of Greek Recipes developed in my kitchen, accompanied with Reflections and Reminiscences - The 3R’s.
In addition to My Recipes, I have added a section at the end titled, 'Our Greece'. Within this section I have included travelogues covering some of the areas we have visited. I consider these give an insight into our experiences and just some of the areas we enjoyed.
Throughout The 3R's you will find my photographs. These have been chosen wherever possible to directly illustrate, but sometimes they bear no particular association. They do however, form part of the experience of sharing 'Our Greece' with you.
About The 3R's - Recipes, Reflections & Reminscences
Janet believes that recipe books need to move away from the format of those favoured by TV chefs and celebrity cooks. These books are indeed impressive, with their wonderful professionally commissioned photographs that tempt us to reproduce the dishes, to serve to family and friends BUT......
Janet considers recipe books should be more than a collection of recipes and should reflect individuality in layout and give a perception of the character of the author. Through the pages of The 3R's, Janet gives us an insight into her life, her Greek cuisine, and her visits to Greece with her husband. It is akin to a collection of recipes that your mother or grandmother would give to you to hand down through the generations.
The layout of The 3R's reflects the Greek way of eating. Janet's recipes are divided into four sections: Starters, Salads & Vegetables - Meat, Poultry & Eggs - Fish - Sweets & One Other. The book contains over sixty recipes, based on dishes Janet has eaten during her visits to Greece, plus there are some which she has developed using typically Greek ingredients. Each recipe has an introduction, explaining where it was eaten or snippets of relevant information.
Interspersed between the recipes and within the travelogues, of the paperback version of The 3R's, are over seventy of Janet's photographs (due to Kindle's formatting restrictions, there are fewer photographs in this version). Some are direct illustrations but all give a flavour of 'Janet's Greece'.