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…

raisins bread “stafidopswmo”

‘stafidopswmo’ raisins bread reminds me of school! my mom used to give my sister and me a light lunch for school but I always liked eating a soft and most of the times still warm from the bakery stafidopswmo.. and I still do to be honest! it’s a great combination with a nice cup of…

pisia

my great grand mother was born and raised in Pontus, the ancient Greek colony in Black Sea, a region tied to epical narratives with Jason, Hercules, Odyssey, inhabited by highly competent merchants and overal hospitable people, Pontic Greeks. I never called her grandma; everybody called her ‘Mana’ – Mother. She was mother to everyone and source of unique Pontic recipes…

albert’s focaccia

the first time I made focaccia I made a bet.. “I’m telling you, it’s one of the best things I’ve ever tasted in this country” he said. “I bet you can’t make it as good!” Challenge accepted..I won the bet! We ate a lot of focaccia since then, crispy on the outside and soft within.. you’ll…