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…

‘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…

paprika sweet potato chips

Even though I was raised with a lot of food variety, it was most of the times centered in Greek cuisine. And because Greek cuisine and ingredients are endless and really tasty it’s hard to go further and look for something completely out of it. Living abroad gave me the chance to encounter in daily…