‘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….

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…

Butternut squash pie

There are lots of pumpkins out there. I haven’t tried them all (yet). However, the taste of the butternut squash was an amazing surprise for me (in Greece where I grew up, these type of pumpkins are not usually found in our cuisine). What got my attention was its weird shape and its intensively warm…

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…

‘Tiropitakia Kourou’ – Feta cheese pies

When I made those mini pies I got this image in my mind: a bus full of schoolmates climbing the hills of a mountain somewhere in northern Greece. Laughters, teasing among friends, fun moments and then in my bag, wrapped in aluminum foil those cheese ‘kourou’ pies. I think it’s the combination of feta and…

‘Spanakopita’ – Spinach pie

As time goes by and I get deeper and more consciously into cooking, things start to be shape up. It’s clear to me that any type of dough is of special interest to me. I think that the dough is a mirror. Every recipe/dish is, but with the dough it’s different. Every step you take…

‘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…

Bitter almond liquor

This type of liquor is the specialty of all other liquors my parents make. Around the end of summer one can find in the terrace of my parents house lots of bottles with different fruit liquors lying in the sun. Spirits going through zymosis, holding in there a touch of the summer aromas and warmth,…

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…

Chickpea soup

After 4 flights, 2 boat trips, 2 train trips, countless bus and car rounds, it’s time for my bike(s) again! Back in the Netherlands, back in my cute apartment, back in cooking. I made a turn to some comfort food, at least for me. Chickpea soup, since the weather here is starting getting chilly. You will not need…