In Part One of our Mini Series with Millie Elder-Holmes, Grace and Millie talk about meals, healthy lifestyles and Greek Cuisine
I know you travel to Greece a lot (and I get super envious of the
gorgeous pictures) what do you love about the food over there, and do
your eating habits or patterns change when you are there compared to
your eating habits in New Zealand?
Being half Greek and having my father come from a beautiful small
island close to Turkey in the middle of the Aegean Sea, [the place] is like
something out of a fairytale for me, the food equally is something
else, people here like to stick to tradition so they are cooking food
the same way they have been for centuries, I think the tradition
around food and the way they hate to waste anything so utilise
everything they cook really appeals to me.
What is your favourite part of the food preparation process?
The prep is never the most exciting part, because that the time your
waiting to eat the food, my favourite part is the plating and the
eating, however if I have spent some days curing salmon, or been
making a slow cooked meal the satisfaction at the end is always
What are your tips for someone wanting to manage their food and be
I have actually recently written a whole blog post on this topic you
What would be your dream three course meal?
Oooooh that’s so hard, but I think in my world seafood is king,
I’ve recently stopped eating meat and so fresh seafood is literally
the best thing ever for me. Starter would have to be a scallop ceviche
with peppery micro greens and roe, followed by some sort of fish dish,
I love the cleanness of snapper but also the richness of salmon, and
when ever I eat salmon I have to have it skin on; that’s my favourite
part, it would need to be accompanied by lightly cooked vegetables,
maybe some baby broccoli and Maori purple potatoes, and for the last
meal I would skip the sweet and go for s deep fried soft shell crab on
salad with sesame sauce dressing.
Who is your favourite person/people to share meals with and why?
That person for me would have to be my partner, not only does he try
absolutely anything, but because he’s spent a lot of time in Greece
where there isn’t much food diversity, I love seeing the confusion
and then enjoyment on his face when he tries something new.
Tune in next week for More From Millie