Talking Heads with Peter Thompson


“Talking Heads” with Peter Thompson
Maria Benardis gave up a successful career in business to become Australia’s most passionate ambassador for Greek food…


Interview screened on ABC TV, 26 April 2010
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In this documentary Maria Benardis, reveals her childhood memories of living on the Greek island, Psara with her grandmother. She discusses her move from Taxation Law to Food and her book/eBook My Greek Family Table.

More than 100 Greek recipes, updated for the modern home cook.
Greek dishes have influenced other cultures for thousands of years. The dishes and preparation are simple; the taste, divine. In My Greek Family Table, Maria Benardis describes her summers of cooking at her grandmother’s elbow on the Greek island of Psara, and places an emphasis on eating for health and well-being. The foods of ancient Greece are as relevant—and delicious—as ever, showcased in recipes such as:
• Barley and Pomegranate Salad
• Chicken with Herbed Feta Crust
• Lamb with Avgolemono (egg and lemon sauce)
• Hippocrates’ Spiced Wine
The recipes in MY GREEK FAMILY TABLE feature an abundance of vegetables, healthy fats, and wholesome ingredients, and there is healing wisdom throughout the book as well as a glossary of the “Healing Ingredients of Greece” to show readers how to choose ingredients to treat ailments.
Written with passion and beautifully photographed, My Greek Family Table is a personal invitation to experience all the depth and flavor of Greek cooking and the wonderful spirit of kerasma—the offering of food to those we love. The book also includes ancient Greek healing wisdom from Hippocrates and other ancient Greek healers.

She has also released another book/eBook “Cooking & Eating Wisdom for Better Health” (BALBOA PRESS) she awakens people to the ancient Greek wisdoms for cooking and eating for better health and longevity. In ancient Greece they practiced ‘wisdom healing’: using food to nourish the mind, body and soul. “Let medicine be thy food and food thy medicine”. ‘Nature itself is the best physician.” – Hippocrates. Some of this wisdom is explored in this BLOG. In ancient Greece that were many who loved to 200 years old.