Cinnamon cookies

Lately we are becoming full of sweet little foxes (in Greek this metaphor is used for sweet, smart, lovely people). They are coming from everywhere, they look like little aliens at first, they cannot even hold their head up straight, they look you slowly straight in the eyes scanning your face and reactions (who knows…

Moist banana – chocolate cake

This summer in the Netherlands is a true one. Those who have been living here the previous ones they understand what I am talking about. Sun, warmth, blue sky, warmth, blue sky, sun, sun, sun.. And together with all this you simply get: relaxed mood, more smiling faces, nice light summer clothes, cocktails in the…

‘Sfakianes pites’ – Pies from Sfakia, Crete

I’ve been 3 times in the airport on January. I will be at least another 2 on February. And counting. Meanwhile, I’ve eaten lots of interesting food while traveling. And what I have actually confirmed once more is that the bigger satisfaction for me comes from cooking not eating. I want to experiment, learn, be…

Carrot cake

This swirl shape of this cake and especially the dark hole in the middle made me think. What is it with black that makes it so interesting? Dark rooms, shady streets, poor lighted corners. All with one thing in common; you cannot see what’s there. And you want to know of course. You want to go…

‘Vassilopita’ – New Year’s cake with ginger

What happens when something comes to an end? How do you feel when you think of ‘the end’? The end of a relationship, the end of a friendship, the end of a movie, the end of the year. A lot of different ‘ends’. The truth is that ‘the end’ is the absolutely natural progress of…

‘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….

‘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…

Apple cake

This apple – cinnamon cake is a small paradise! Simple ingredients that create small velvet bites. It’s one of those cakes that one piece is never enough.. And when the second piece is over you use your finger to eat all the crumbs from your plate (or you get a third one and get the…

The Big ‘Kalitsouni’ – Sweet cheese tart

So we talked about ‘Kalitsounia’ right? Delicious Cretan mizithra small pies. The thing is that one portion of the recipe will give you around 60 pieces. A lot.. Which is great if you are doing them with your friends/mom/kids but what if you’re living on your own, in a small house (so not so much space to spread…

“Kalitsounia” – Cretan sweet cheese pies

‘Kalitsounia’ is a traditional Cretan recipe especially made during Easter. The combination of mizithra, a mild cheese with sugar and cinammon is a wonderful way to have a light and yet tasteful dessert. Crete is famous for its local cuisine so it’s no wonder how everyone going there wants to try ‘Kalitsounia’ which are nowadays…

Raisins cookies

I made these cookies for the first time 6 years ago. It was part of a Christmas gift I was preparing for my friends. I was a little skeptical to be honest. You know how most people don’t like raisins in their sweets/desserts? Raisins cookies? Why? Well, why not?These cookies were such a big success that…

Chocolate truffles

Not sure what to write here. I mean, it’s chocolate, how can you go wrong with that? You can’t. In fact you can ‘go’ a lot of ways: cacao, cinnamon, coconut, grated biscuit. Even if you are 10 years old or someone who never cooked something before you cannot mess this up. This truffles will melt in…