‘Spanakopita’ – Spinach pie

As time goes by and I get deeper and more consciously into cooking, things start to be shape up. It’s clear to me that any type of dough is of special interest to me. I think that the dough is a mirror. Every recipe/dish is, but with the dough it’s different. Every step you take…

‘Trifti’ apple pie

An apple a day keeps the doctor away, who gave the apple to whom, who took the first bite, the apple never falls far from the tree, she’s apples and so many other stories. Apple is maybe the most modest fruit of all. However, it has inspired many artist (think of all those paintings with…

The Big ‘Kalitsouni’ – Sweet cheese tart

So we talked about ‘Kalitsounia’ right? Delicious Cretan mizithra small pies. The thing is that one portion of the recipe will give you around 60 pieces. A lot.. Which is great if you are doing them with your friends/mom/kids but what if you’re living on your own, in a small house (so not so much space to spread…

“Kalitsounia” – Cretan sweet cheese pies

‘Kalitsounia’ is a traditional Cretan recipe especially made during Easter. The combination of mizithra, a mild cheese with sugar and cinammon is a wonderful way to have a light and yet tasteful dessert. Crete is famous for its local cuisine so it’s no wonder how everyone going there wants to try ‘Kalitsounia’ which are nowadays…

Raisins cookies

I made these cookies for the first time 6 years ago. It was part of a Christmas gift I was preparing for my friends. I was a little skeptical to be honest. You know how most people don’t like raisins in their sweets/desserts? Raisins cookies? Why? Well, why not?These cookies were such a big success that…

Galette with mushrooms & turmeric

Vincent, one of my French colleagues after seeing my blog he brought me some recipe magazines from Paris just to give me a small taste of what’s going on right now in the French cuisine. That’s how I’ve met galette, the modern version of it at least. Galette is what the French call various types of…

Butter cookies with jam

 Thinking about what to post next, lying in the bed of a hotel as I’ve been traveling for work past few days, I found the photos of these cookies in my desktop waiting there since last summer.. It was a beautiful sunny Saturday morning in my still new house at that time, and since in Netherlands sun isn’t always a…

Olive bread – ‘Eliopsomo’

As deeper as I go into the cooking I realize that I love doughs and pastries. Using just water and flour you can make a ‘nest’ for all the ingredients you want, how amazing is that? Is olives what you like? Then you go ahead and make olive breads! I usually make one big bunch…

Dutch apple pie – ‘Appeltaart’

If you ever come in the Netherlands and don’t try apple pie is like going to Greece and not trying baklava; it’s really a shame. Apple pie is for Dutch people the most well-known dessert, everyone knows a recipe coming from their ‘oma’  (grandma), you can find it in every cafe, restaurant, super markets.. everywhere!…

pizza

pizza.. I love it! and I know you do too. And I know that your sister / friends / boyfriend / girlfriend / wife / husband / parents / grandparents / neighbors / boss / cleaning lady / post man / annoying colleague / pet / … / people of any age / sex / nationality…

“koulouri Thessalonikis” sesame bagel

‘koulouri’ Thessalonikis is the trademark of the northern Greek city where I’ve lived 10 years of my life. Of course they enjoy it in whole Greece because it is just lovely! Everybody eats it, little kids at school, young people as a quick snack or breakfast, ‘serious’ business people at work.. Koulouri is so widely…

french toast with crème fraîche & fruit

in my mind people and food are tied together. for instance ‘french toast’ is what I grew up knowing as ‘avgofetes’, what my mom made for light dinner when there was ‘old’, meaning not really fresh, bread at home. then I found out about the ‘french toast’ or ‘german toast’ and I wonder; how different can be people who…