Butternut squash risotto

Another butternut squash recipe? Yes! It’s this thing that you get with certain people, food, things and give up only when every possible try was made. To ‘try’ is beautiful, ‘to try’ means ‘to be alive’. Because apart from the things that finally will work, you don’t wonder ‘what would happen if..’ for those that…

Butternut squash velvet soup

‘Be careful, don’t be late otherwise your beautiful clothes will be gone, your true identity will show and your carriage will turn into a pumpkin’ the fairy godmother said. I’m not sure what happens in fairytales but in real life getting a pumpkin out of nowhere is rather a good thing! Don’t be afraid to…

Imam baildi

End of summer and here I am again in Thessaloniki. There is something special about this city. The air is comforting, it eases your inside world. Wonderng around the neighborhoods you know so well, the streets and small alleys and yet nothing is the same. Every time the same feeling. A swat melancholy at first but…

Zucchini salad

When I was younger, I was claiming winter to be my favorite season. When I started cooking more often and came closer to knowing a lot of ingredients (and for a lot other reasons), I realized that all seasons are unique. As a big fan of fresh fruits and vegetables though, I now have a…

Beet stems & leaves salad

Anna’s, my sister’s, favorite salad ! All those years now, lunch time on Saturdays, we all make the table together, the food would be for sure some kind of fish served with 2-3 salads, one of which most of the times would be stems and leaves of beets. While all of us as I said…

Falafel

Truth is that I wanted to make a traditional recipe for chick pea ‘balls’ from Sifnos, a beautiful Greek island. In order to do that I needed marjoram which I couldn’t find in Netherlands so I thought ‘let’s go with all the rest we’ve got!’. So Falafel it is! It’s been a while since the…

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…

Noodle soup with mushrooms

When I first came in Netherlands for studies, I was impressed with the stores selling various types of cheese. There was a time that every week I was trying a new type of cheese. Well now I’m going through the chili pepper phase. Coming back from my last trip, I went upstairs to my neighbor…

Spinach salad with dry figs

It’s about time to talk about fig. Those who know me well might smile right now, because I love figs. During summer all I do is waiting for figs to be ready, keep spotting fig trees here and there saying “Oh here’s another fig tree, yes!” and when ready everyday is fig day! My dad…

Tabbouleh

I tried Tabbouleh for the very first time one warm summer night in Athens, I think I was around 19-20, don’t really remember. What I do remember was taking some tabbouleh with my fork, wondering ‘what is this..’ and then feeling this juicy, fresh, tasteful mouthful of different kinds of ingredients.. ‘wow, how cool can this salad be?’…

Ramen noodles with halloumi & spinach

Japanese ramen noodles, Cypriot halloumi, Mexican jalapeño, spinach and sun dried tomato (mediterranean flavors) and a glass of Italian Chianti. There is a cooking term for that ‘fusion cuisine’, meaning the mix of ingredients coming from different cuisines into a sole recipe. In other words this can be a ‘I forgot to go to the super…

Leek with wild rice & saffron

Sometimes seeing something beautiful, makes us think that the person who made it is a high class artist/specialist/chef. And we feel amazed and think that “He is a specialist, that’s why. I couldn’t do that.” Well, think again. Was this person always a specialist? No. He had to start somehow. He had to try various things until sometime something…