‘Vassilopita’ – New Year’s Cake

In New Year’s eve in Greece, we make a special cake (it could be sweet cake or savory pie) in which we ‘hide’ a lucky coin. The cake is split into pieces for all family members and attendants of the night and whoever gets the piece with the coin supposed to be ‘lucky’ for the…

‘Melomakarona’ – Christmas honey syrup cookies

‘Melomakarono’ is the other major Greek Christmas dessert next to ‘Kourampies’. In this case honey is the basic ingredient giving also the name to the dessert: melo-.. from meli (μέλι, Greek word for ‘honey’). Apart from honey, cinnamon is also big contributor here and of course syrup and walnuts.. As a person, I’m not the biggest fan of…

‘Kourampiedes’ – Christmas cookies

‘Kourampies’ is a typical Greek Christmas dessert made with butter, almonds, flour and powder sugar. It’s a lovely cookie with excellent aroma that you will encounter in every house during December. Being in Netherlands almost the whole month of December, I wanted to get some of this ‘home’ feeling so even though I know I will eat lots…

‘Kihi’ -Traditional filo feta pie

‘Kihi’ filo feta pie is an amazing, extraordinary pie made in my hometown, Kozani. The taste is so unique but the most amazing part is its artistic part, the way you make it! My grandma, Kleopatra, used to make such a thin handmade filo dough that you could even see through it! That’s the success in this…

Whole orange cake

Does a whole raw orange, with the skin, fit in a cake? The answer is YES! You don’t have to pre-bake it or boil it, no. This cake is one of my favorites because it smells amazing, has a great color, is soft and juicy and because of the orange it needs less sugar than the regular cake. I’m…

cacao-chocolate muffins

it was about time for the first chocolate recipe.. I should admit, dark chocolate is a daily habit; seriously, it makes you think better! chocolate is beyond words actually, everyone agrees on that. well, almost everyone I guess.. I remember this birthday party some years ago, I was standing in front of the buffet next…