Contrary to what many tourists who descend on our little island might expect, August isn’t the nicest time to be here. Most of the locals know to clear out for this month as the island gets scorching hot, overcrowded and tempers run high.
Last year, we took off for the whole of August as we took out tiny car with wind down windows and busted AC for a trip round Europe. It was madness and I’m not sure we will do it again but it was fun at the same time and the change of scenery definitely helped with island cabin fever.
This year, we are here so we try to stay out of the crowded places and keep things simple, including food. As we are right in the middle of a Greek fig season, figs are on my hot ingredient list right now. They are ripe to the point of bursting at their seams so need to be eaten fast.
Today’s batch ended up in a Greek-inspired fig and rocket salad and it rocked it hard 🙂 . Apart from mighty figs, the salad features plenty of other Greek flavours: olives, pomegranate seeds, almonds, red onions, olive oil and a touch of ouzo to jazz up the dressing. It comes together in minutes and it’s suitably refreshing. If you’ve been swimming loads and need something more substantial some orzo will fit right in too, so don’t be shy, bulk it up if you need to.