1. delicious baked olives: take a whole whack of olives (kalamata and otherwise), put them in a baking dish with some olive oil, thyme, garlic, and chili pepper flakes (all to your taste), cover the dish and pop it in the oven at 350 for 40 minutes. watch out though - people devour these ... make sure you get your share early on!
2. even more delicious feta-pepper spread: roast 2 large or 3 small sweet red peppers. i do this by putting them in my toaster oven on the tray and running it through 3 cycles of dark toast. works like a charm every time. peel them, chop up a jalapeno (i use 1.5 because i like kick) and dump some feta (maybe a cup?) in the food processor. process and voila - tasty deliciousness. serve with baguette. for an even better, but more expensive treat, replace the feta with goat's cheese. also, try to get feta that hasn't been stored in brine - it makes a big difference to the taste. and bulgarian feta, in my experience, is by far the nicest.
3. zucchini pancakes: grate 2 large or 3 small zucchinis. crumble whatever feta remains (0.5-1 cup), add 1 large or 2 small eggs, salt and pepper to taste, and then add flour until the mixture sticks together (there shouldn't be water on top). cook in a frying pan or griddle until brown on both sides, and serve with plain yoghurt. this is one of my favourite dinners, and i've added all sorts of things to these - everything from mint, to potato and onion, spinach, corn, peanuts (not so successful), and whatever else happens to be lying around. they're almost always scrumptious.
i'm of the "if it's easy and it tastes good it is delicious" school of cooking, and i'm not sure where any of these recipes came from. they all seem very 1970s party to me though, so i tried to take a 1970s style photo, complete with random adornments. the tea pot stand in front with the poppy was a gift that my mum got me from the highland pottery. they have beautiful, if not easily accessible (as in, it's in the middle of nowhere), dishes, and my mum (lucky thing) has a whole set that she got for next to nothing when they were working out of a shack on a hill. i get homesick every time i look at it, but i love it nonetheless.
anyway, happy eating. and now i fortunately have plenty of leftovers and snacks for the work marathon that i see in my future.