For the forthcoming Cooking the Detectives book I’m trying to work on one sleuth per week.  Last week it was KOJAK!

I’m writing a guide to a “taster episode” for each show and there will be a recipe from the kitchen of the actor who plays the main character (or characters in the case of Starsky & Hutch, McMillan and Wife, Cagney & Lacey etc.).  I’ve chosen Telly’s Spanakopita for the book and I tested the recipe way back in January.

Telly’s spanakopita was soooooo good.  Strictly speaking it is spanakotiropita I think, because of the inclusion of cheese. Highly recommended!  I made a 1/4 of the recipe and there were 3 large portions so I would say Telly’s recipe would serve 12 – do you have a pan big enough for the whole thing?  I don’t!

Chatting with my writer friend Lisa of The Hearing Coach about Telly last week has set in motion a new idea…  I’ve just worked out that October this year will mark the 50th anniversary of the first episode of Kojak being broadcast.  I am planning to launch a KOJAK APPRECIATION DAY!  Watch this space chums because there will be a competition involving lollipops!

Here’s Telly’s recipe, courtesy of Mrs Telly.


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