Dan baked some beautiful Maori bread and we needed something to accompany it. So, I thought… Tzatziki!!! As I was already out I hadn’t had a chance to look at a recipe so pointed to the cucumber at the supermarket and asked the lady “Tzatziki?” She looked ecstatic, “ooh Tzatziki!! SO good!” And started taking me round the supermarket picking out all the ingredients.
Once home I searched for Tzatziki recipes and none had the ingredients which I had. So I searched ‘traditional Greek Tzatziki’ and finally found one which encompassed all the ingredients.
1 bulb garlic
Dill (we used oregano)
Lemon juice of 1 lemon
Salt & pepper
Peel the cucumber, cut in half and spoon the seeds out into the bin. Finely chop and place in a colander. Sprinkle salt over and leave to sit.
Mash garlic and olive oil in a blender or good old fashioned pestle and mortar like we did, until you have a thick paste.
Use the bottom of a cup to mash the cucumber an try to get as much water out as possible.
Spoon 4-5 tablespoons of Greek yoghurt into a bowl, add garlic paste, 2 teaspoons grape vinegar, cucumber, lemon juice, salt and pepper to taste and finely chopped herbs. Mix (if your to be authentic, with your hands!) and season to taste, so it may need a dash more vinegar or more yoghurt if it’s spicy!!
Eat with delicious home made bread.