Chicken with lemon sauce – ‘Kotopoulo lemonato’

There is a saying in Greek about facing a dead-end. About a time that comes when you feel you cannot move to anywhere, everything seems difficult or scary, a time when it seems that you have no choice, no option to move on. In reality there is only a voice. A voice in you saying…

Chicken soup

My mom used to make chicken soup in two cases: when she would get a nice ‘village’ chicken or when someone in the family was sick. As I got a bit ‘fooled’ from the early spring days, here I am, going down with the flu and making some chicken ‘to get stronger’ as my mom…

‘Tigania’ – Fried pork with mushrooms

Fried pork with mushrooms is a typical Christmas recipe in Greece, especially in the northern part. Early December the first ‘tigania’ is made and until the end of the year it’s high likely that you’ll find almost everyday some of it in the fridge.. People eat it either as main course or wine ‘meze’, everyone…

Beef with plums & trahanas

Sometimes we fall in this ‘loop’ of eating ingredients with the standard way, like beef: beef with rice or beef with fries or beef with rice or beef with fries… you get I mean tight? Or ok sometimes vegetables are there too. But food, in order to be good, it has to be ‘vivid’, there…

Leek ‘Tigania’ – Fried pork with leek

Leek. I’ve probably said this for other ingredients I admit, but really, how would life be without leek? Leek can accompany on its own (no fries, no rice) some beautiful pork, not all vegetables can do that.. In Greece, leek ‘tigania’ is served either as ‘meze’ or as main course. It’s really a winter recipe served…

‘Soutzoukakia’ – Meatballs in red sauce

I love spices, I really do! In Greece there are small stores selling just spices and different kinds of nuts, their adorable! I like take a stroll in these places even if there is nothing I particularly need. It’s like opening the door to another world, full of aromas and stories, you feel calm and…

‘moussakas’ – moussaka

Moussakas is one of my favorite Greek recipes! It takes some time to prepare that’s true, but other than that it’s not scary at all! What I like in this dish is that in a bite you taste all these amazing layers.. and if you make it yourself it tastes even better! First attempt to make moussaka was when…

meat balls with tzatziki

I know, it’s not healthy, it’s meat and even worse fried.. but come on, every now and then it can’t be that bad! my mom, every time she makes meatballs ‘keftedes’, she makes a lot (that’s common for Greek people, when they cook they cook as if they are eating with 10 instead of 2!). I…

chicken filet with dark beer

For the past few years I’ve been living in the Netherlands, the country of canals, windmills, tulips, cheese and beer! beer here can be even cheaper than water, that’s right! and not just ordinary beer but these beautiful, mature dark ones with the bitter taste and the red or brown color, most of the times called the Trappist…

chicken with potatoes & carrots

this may look like a ‘Sunday’ recipe let’s say, you know the ones that your mother used to cook cause everybody would eat together for sure and most of the times it would be a recipe that require more time. The truth is that this one will take a lot less time than what you’d expect but for…

pasta with minced meat sauce

when you give me laurel leaves, cinnamon, cumin, nutmeg and onions, my mind goes directly to minced meat and in most of the cases with pasta! this is not the traditional Italian way to go, no. this is the magical way of east, Poli, spices and aromas that open your heart, people that lived and cooked there giving food a central place…