Fondant with dates and cacao

Once upon a time there was a date. A humble, simple date with a bit of weird shape, dark color and a seed in the middle, for sure not saying much compared to a piece of chocolate. However, as years go by there is a time that you appreciate and search for fresh, simple, pure,…

Hazelnut cake

‘What about love? Where did it go? It’s just over?’ When I had all these questions some years ago, nobody could really give me answer. At least not one that I could accept at the moment. It’s when pain, anger and finally fear takes you over. And what you are afraid of is if somebody…

‘Giouvarlakia’ – Meatball soup

I say, don’t fight. Don’t fight. Not the ordinary way at least. Get the punch. Take it. It’s yours. Take it all. You can and you should. It’s only then when you realize that you can handle way more than this punch. It’s only then when the blue sky comes. Laugh when your eyes are…

Bread

Times are challenging. And that is fine, we’ll manage. In the last 3 years things have been changing constantly in my life. As soon as I managed to learn a new situation, it was suddenly over (or not) and I needed to adjust again. Time helps with that. As I grow older this is what I…

Salad with black eyed beans

This recipe was an inspiration from a man who wanted to make a statement for simple and tasty food; it doesn’t have to be necessarily good looking to be delicious. Since all ingredients match just put them all together in a bowl and go! Go, move on. Actually, when was the last time that you said to…

Eggs with spinach

When work gets too much, when it actually gets to your mind, you really need to reconsider things. Weigh in terms of importance. You should always take care of yourself, no one else will. A bit old-fashioned but so true. No matter what, you shouldn’t stop eating homemade food. Even when time is limited (or for some reason…

‘Sfakianes pites’ – Pies from Sfakia, Crete

I’ve been 3 times in the airport on January. I will be at least another 2 on February. And counting. Meanwhile, I’ve eaten lots of interesting food while traveling. And what I have actually confirmed once more is that the bigger satisfaction for me comes from cooking not eating. I want to experiment, learn, be…

Carrot cake

This swirl shape of this cake and especially the dark hole in the middle made me think. What is it with black that makes it so interesting? Dark rooms, shady streets, poor lighted corners. All with one thing in common; you cannot see what’s there. And you want to know of course. You want to go…

Prassopita – Leek pie

Have you ever thought of ‘why’? I’m sure you use it lots of times in your day and especially for the things happening around you coming from others; ‘Why did he/she do that?’, ‘Why did he/she talk to me that way?’, ‘Why did he/she decided to leave?’.. But I don’t mean this ‘why’. I talk about…

Erwtensoep – Snert

10 years ago I arrived for the very first time in Amsterdam to study. There were no smartphones back then, I had all important addresses and a city map printed in paper to be prepared! The rain and strong wind that was taking away my 30 kilos suitcase and messing up my paper map didn’t…

‘Vassilopita’ – New Year’s cake with ginger

What happens when something comes to an end? How do you feel when you think of ‘the end’? The end of a relationship, the end of a friendship, the end of a movie, the end of the year. A lot of different ‘ends’. The truth is that ‘the end’ is the absolutely natural progress of…

Cretan Christmas cookies

It’s all about those sweet cookies with butter and baked almonds inside, so soft that melt in your mouth, make you smile from delight! It’s a local Cretan recipe really close to the traditional ‘kourampiedes’, the cookies we make in Greece for Christmas. Greece, even though a small country, offers lots of variety when it…