I remember this day pictured above so well, it was the last day of our summer holiday on the Balearic Island of Menorca in 2014. We’d just spent the morning on a idyllic cala (tiny bay) surrounded by wild horses, pine forests and an ocean of turquoise waters when we realised we hadn’t brought anything for lunch and with not a shop or chiringuito (beach bar) in sight we had a bit of a grumpy baby on our hands.
Off we set on foot over what seemed like miles of dusty red dirt tracks with the midday sun burning down on us (I’ll let you imagine the parent blame game that followed) to finally stumble upon an old renovated farmhouse serving the most authentic Mediterranean menu you can imagine.
The waiter proudly announced that all food was locally sourced and served us the best meal of the entire holiday. I ordered the salad of the day which was a big plate of crisp lettuce drizzled in olive oil and balsamic vinegar topped with big juicy tomatoes, spring onion, olives, asparagus, tuna, sweetcorn and cheese. Ru enjoyed a fresh piece of white fish cooked over a hot grill served with homemade chips and vegetables while Bella was happy with her cheese and tomato omelette. A basket of white bread, spring water and jug of white wine complemented the meal perfectly.
A Mediterranean diet is widely known to be one of the healthiest in the world, perfectly balanced, simple and tasty. By finding fresh fruit, vegetables and fish you can easily emulate this diet and bring a piece of paradise to the comfort of your home, even in winter.