Home to some of the world's most delicious foods, there are many reasons why we should be eating like the southern Europeans do.
Mediterranean food is all about traditional recipes, using great quality ingredients and sharing with all the family. These sunshine dishes evoke memories of lazy summer holidays spent abroad and allow you to have the sharing experience you would have in Spain, Greece or Italy in the comfort of your home.
Here are our favourite recipes for getting your dose of sunshine.
SpainFrom Barcelona to Seville, the country of fiestas has everything from succulent Serrano ham, spicy chorizo and sweet churros, to classic paella and traditional tapas.
Chicken cooked in a rich stock of sherry for 1 1/2 hours produces a beautiful Spanish stew. Great served up with crushed potatoes or a side of patatas bravas.
Cooking this traditional Spanish one-pan recipe over charcoal adds even more flavour. Perfect for feeding a crowd.
These easy egg, potato and vegetable wedges are delicious hot or cold, so they’re great for a Med-inspired picnic. Serve with cold meats and crusty baguette.
ItalyItalian culture centres around family meals enjoyed with friends, from help-yourself antipasti such as prosciutto and salami, to hearty pizza and pasta dishes. Oh, and gelato of course!
This classic and tangy quick-to-make pasta dish from southern Italy includes black olives and capers.
Using a mix of tomatoes gives a good range of flavours – we used cherry for sweetness and vine-ripened for a stronger taste. Slices of ciabatta toast well and keep crisp under the topping. The perfect starter.
A classic coffee dessert with hits of Tia Maria is the ideal way to round off a meal. We cut a heart shape out of card to use as a stencil, then dusted the puds with icing sugar.
GreeceHome to feta cheese, tzatziki and taramosalata, Greece is all about simple, delicious meals to share. Upgrade your evening with hearty casserole dishes and fruity Greek wine.
Onions and honey add a sweet tang to this classic Greek dish. Serve leftovers in pittas with tzatziki.
This classic Greek meal made with lamb and aubergines can be made in advance or frozen for another day.
These pop-me-in-your mouth pastries have a similar flavour to the classic Greek dish, spanakopita. We love feta served in salads and topped on pizza, too.