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…

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…

Banana bread with olive oil

I was talking to a colleague at work and she was saying that baking a cake looks impossible to her. Can’t do it, can’t figure out the portions, can’t deal with the oven, can’t beat the eggs, can’t, can’t can’t… Why are we so much afraid really? So alright, I can (I actually want to)…

Saragli – Greek rolled baklava

Saragli is the baklava version that is nicely wrapped, allowing you to simply use your hands to eat it! That means that pleasure of eating it will be even more. That’s my view of course, I just think that when you don’t use any fork/knife/spoon to eat and you do it directly with your hands,…

Cinnamon cookies

Lately we are becoming full of sweet little foxes (in Greek this metaphor is used for sweet, smart, lovely people). They are coming from everywhere, they look like little aliens at first, they cannot even hold their head up straight, they look you slowly straight in the eyes scanning your face and reactions (who knows…

Hitscock’s Applepie

Athens, Hitscock, warm summer afternoons, cicadas and Dutch apples. What’s there in common? It was this warn afternoon this summer in Athens that I randomly found a cook book with recipes of dishes that appeared in Hitscock’s movies. I thought ok, these should be as exciting as his movies. Eat my Greek salad on the…

Moist banana – chocolate cake

This summer in the Netherlands is a true one. Those who have been living here the previous ones they understand what I am talking about. Sun, warmth, blue sky, warmth, blue sky, sun, sun, sun.. And together with all this you simply get: relaxed mood, more smiling faces, nice light summer clothes, cocktails in the…

Reversed forest fruit cake

Here in Netherlands, small wild strawberries and all other kinds of berries are very common to find. Especially now that are in season, you can find them in the open markets in a very good price too. After a recent trip in Paris, I got back with lots of recipes magazines for food and desserts…

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…

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…

‘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…