Flódni – Hungarian cake

Flódni is my first cooking attempt of Hungarian food. The four different filling layers looked like a challenge, a nice cooking project (taking a look at the long ingredients list you will see what I mean!). Most of the ingredients are very familiar to my cooking and eating habits except poppy seeds that I have…

Greek semolina halva

This semolina halva will be definately a nice surprise to you, especially if you like your desserts to be authentically sweet with the aroma of cinnamon, star anise and cloves. That’s the most simple Greek dessert that you can be treated with in Greece, it matches perfect vanilla ice cream and a nice cup of…

Lemon cake with poppy seeds

Is there something that makes you feel relaxed and calm when doing it? Something that derives from within and makes you feel good? Something that you know that will be there to turn to when you want to? For me apart from the closest people in my life, I got the same feeling when baking…

Gemista – Stuffed vegetables with rice & herbs

During winter season (and other seasons as well) when landing at Schiphol, Amsterdam’s airport, the plane dives in a thick grey cloud layer and most of the times it get a bit shaky too, getting you ready for what it comes. “You are busted”, it says. Don’t get me wrong, especially with the climate change and…

Ice cream with wild figs

Fig recipe nr.3, trilogy completed – Ice cream with wild figs spoon sweet without an ice cream machine! The time to go to Greece for summer has come again, end of August as always during the past years. And this August I am celebrating 5 years since the second time in my life that I…

Wild figs spoon sweet

This is the 2nd wild fig recipe of the trilogy. And the most popular recipe with wild figs in Greece. The ‘spoon’ desserts are made out of a big fruit variety (occasionally also from vegetables). As we serve a portion of the dessert as big as a small spoon can take, they got their name…

Chicken with okra & wild figs

Hail wild figs! Wild figs trilogy is starting! All started with the wild fig tree that was brought up by itself (hence wild) in my parent’s yard. A couple of meters away from the ‘normal’ fig tree that gives close to August the loveliest figs in the world. “Figs! Yes! Figs!” that was me late May when I…

Apple cinnamon jam

Why do you like cooking? If you think about it you will realize all end up to Freedom. No limits in creativity and inspiration. Absolutely endless combinations of food and baking ways of it. A typical example everyone has faced: these ‘I have no idea what to cook today’ that led to delicious and unique…

Afghanistan rice pilaf

A cold night in Rotterdam, looking for a place to have dinner and open to try new flavors we ended up in an Afghanistan restaurant. Netherlands might not have the most sophisticated cuisine, however you can find food from many different cultures. It was the first time I tried Afghanistan food, spices, lamp, vegetables and…

The cacao ‘beet’

Beets, olive oil, salt – salad! Cacao, sugar, flour, eggs – dessert! Logic and thinking are usually necessary for progress and success. Or not? What if you start using your senses more? What if you start trusting your feelings more? What if it makes sense something that isn’t logical? What if you start doing more…