Photo Credit: Donna Turner Ruhlman
On a transcontinental flight this summer, I was stuck in a middle seat with nothing to do but nibble dried fruit and watch TV. Fortunately, My Big Fat Greek Wedding was on, and though I'd seen the film when it was first released in 2002, I’ve got to admit: it stood the test of time. And I'm not the kind of person who generally watches movies more than once.
The food in that movie is a central character. The scene where Aunt Voula (played by the incomparable Andrea Martin) announces, "What do you mean he don't eat no meat? Oh, that's okay, that's okay. I make lamb!" will go down as one the classic film quotations in the decade’s cinematic history.
Just after re-watching the movie, I received the newsletter of the Greek Food and Wine Institute in New York. In its information-packed pages, it reminded me of why the Mediterranean diet continues to be hailed for its culinary and nutritional benefits. Olive oil, tomatoes, fish, (nonfat) Greek yogurt—these delicious foods are all part of a healthful diet.
Here are a few recipes if you, too, feel like getting your Greek on: