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Recipe: Total Greek Tzatziki

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Foodie | Posted on 01-07-2013

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You may remember that a couple of weeks ago I went to London to celebrate Total Greek’s birthday and enjoy a masterclass with Eric Lanlard. In the press pack that I left with was a recipe for Tzatziki and the ingredients to create this simple dish at home. I’m not a fan of mint myself – for me the only thing which should taste link mint are mints, not savoury food – but I thought I’d give it a go. This morning I made my third batch since the event. Needless to say its a big hit. Cool, refreshing and exceedingly moreish – perfect for summer. I’ve served it with pitta chips and also salted cracker crisps.

Ingredients:
170g TOTAL 0% Greek Yogurt
1/2 cucumber
1 clove of garlic, crushed
3 sprigs of mint, shredded
Sea salt to taste

Method:
Grate the cucumber into a towel and squeeze over the sink to remove juice.
Put cucumber in a bowl with the garlic and mint and mix together.
Fold in the TOTAL Greek Yogurt and season to taste.

I make mine in a plastic tub with an airtight lid. As soon as its made I seal it and pop it in the fridge until its needed so it stays nice and cold. Make sure your tub IS airtight though – the garlic will permeate everything in your fridge otherwise. Assuming you don’t devour it all in one sitting the Tzatziki keeps in the fridge for 3 or 4 days.

 

Happy Birthday Total Greek!

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Blogger Event, Foodie | Posted on 14-06-2013

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I was very lucky last night to be invited to the Total Greek Birthday Bash, celebrating 30 years of Total Greek Yogurt in the UK. At a venue in Central London a small group of food bloggers gathered for a special masterclass from Master Pâtissier Eric Lanlard. After arrival drinks we watched as Eric took two sponge cakes and sliced them into horizontally before layering them with a mix of Total Greek Yogurt and cream and fresh fruit. Each sponge layer was brushed with a naughty sugar syrup mix laced with ouzo, before the whole cake was surrounded by white chocolate cigarellos and topped with fresh fruit and a special gold leaf caramel. As you can imagine it looked amazing. And he then told us that WE had to replicate it. Mild panic set in amongst the bloggers at this point!

As you can see our stations were well equipped with all the ingredients, a selection of fresh fruit, and plenty bowls, knives, spatulas and piping bags. Having never used a piping bag before I was rather worried, but thankfully the piped cream mix was inside the cake so you can’t really see it. I must confess that it was A LOT of fun. Intimidating yes having Eric wandering around whilst you worked but he was really lovely and offered motivational advice when needed. It was all a bit “Generation Game”-esque with about 10 people frantically making their own cakes but working so close together meant we could all help each other out when needed.

Clearly Eric’s cake looked stunning. His is the one on the left here, and mine is the one on the right.

Now I must admit that I’m rather proud of my cake. Neat cake decorating is not something I do. I tend to bake with a toddler “helping” so it all becomes a bit carnage like. This is the poshest cake I’ve ever decorated in my life. My caramel shards do look a tad menacing compared to Eric’s more delicate ones, but you can probably blame Tea, Cake and Make for that, with whom I shared caramel making and breaking duties! I’ll be tucking in to this cake this evening – its currently being hidden from Little Man!

After the cake decorating extravaganza the room was transformed into a Greek haven, with music, cocktails and delicious canapes courtesy of Tonia Buxton. A lovely evening of food, drink and excellent company followed. A fantastic party and a brilliant way to celebrate Total Greek.