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…

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…

‘Diples’ – Honey rolls

‘Diples’ is on of the most typical Christmas desserts in Greece together with ‘kourampiedes‘ and ‘melomakarona‘. I found out recently that in some regions like Kalamata, it’s made throughout the whole year and it’s the typical treat in weddings. ‘My mom made 500 dimples for my brother’s wedding!’, told me my friend from Kalamata, Sophia….

Chocolate – spices cake

My birthday cake have originally chocolate, lots of it! In general this fluffy, big, multiple layer cakes were not my favorites. They usually had too much sugar, too sweet frosting, everything was ‘too much sugary’ and in the end I was getting the filling that the only thing I tasted was sugar sugar sugar. As…

‘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…

Galaktompoureko

Have you ever felt that you avoid food or desserts saying ‘I don’t like this!’ without though really knowing why.. That’s what was happening with me and galaktompoureko, one of the most loved Greek desserts. For some reason I didn’t like it, not sure why. Maybe due to an old childhood experience? Can’t tell. Being…

Black forest

I’m not a fan of cakes, however I love making them so it wasn’t hard to be convinced and make one when my proof eaters asked for it (my colleagues at work that is!) The ‘Black Forest’ request was made months ago but I wanted to wait for the black cherries to be in season….