‘Bobota’ – Corn flour Greek pie

It’s been a while. And yet again (at least) for me, nothing really changed. Cooking is all around, it takes different forms every now and then, but that’s part of its nature right? So I come back with a big discussion: true love. Does it exist? What is it? Where can you find it? I…

Feta cheese with sesame

That’s what happens when it’s been a while since the last time that you really partied. You spend almost all of the next time sleeping, eating and then going back to bed again. The 27th of April is Koningsdag, the biggest celebration in the Netherlands. Dutch are all out in the streets and parks selling…

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…

‘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…

‘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…

Trahanas pie

In Greece this recipe is made in lots of different ways (and places) but I’m sharing with you the one coming from my home town Kozani. Sour trahanas based on wheat is  a delicious ingredient that people used to make in older days during summer time and eat in the winter creating many different recipes with…

Trahana soup

My hometown in Greece, Kozani, gets really cold during the winter time.. The best way to get warm in a cold night is to have some Trahana soup. Trahana can be categorized under cereal or pasta, as it can be made either with cracked wheat, semolina or flour boiled in milk or sour milk/yogurt. Trahana is widely known in Greece…

“kremmudokeftedes” – spring onion fritters

  This is probably one of the favorite recipes of my mom. She could eat them on and on and on.. And this is her own lovely recipe. She used to make this dish as an appetizer. In Greece, apart from the main course and a salad, is really common to make 2-3 appetizers as well. Even in…

“briam” – oven vegetables in red sauce

this is not the traditional way for ‘briam’ when you usually bake all raw ingredients together in the oven. it’s baking them apart, capture their unique taste within and in the end ‘marry’ them, bring them together… like life; when people spend some time alone and ‘bake-build’ themselves they’re getting ready to meet another ‘baked’ person and make…

green beans with tomato sauce “fasolakia”

‘fasolakia’ is one of the most tasteful, easy to make and nutritious summer foods in Greece. what is really common in my country, is for people to have their own kitchen garden, growing their own vegetables and herbs. I remember the one my grandparents used to have, a really big one, with all kinds of fresh vegetables…

fried eggs with rucola salad

when you’re moving into a new house and given the circumstances your kitchen is not 100% equipped, you remember this delicious, quick, healthy little meals that you haven’t eaten for a while mainly because you’re busy with building a cooking blog and thought that fried eggs are not that ‘fancy’! the recipe ingredients 2 eggs 30ml. olive oil…

pisia

my great grand mother was born and raised in Pontus, the ancient Greek colony in Black Sea, a region tied to epical narratives with Jason, Hercules, Odyssey, inhabited by highly competent merchants and overal hospitable people, Pontic Greeks. I never called her grandma; everybody called her ‘Mana’ – Mother. She was mother to everyone and source of unique Pontic recipes…